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From Les invasions barbares (2003):

“Intelligence isn’t an individual trait. It’s collective, national, and intermittent.

Athens, BC – Euripides premieres his Electra. Two rivals attend, Sophocles and Aristophanes. And two friends, Socrates and Plato.
Intelligence was there.

Firenze, Palazzo Vecchio, on facing walls, two painters: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. An apprentice: Rafaello. A manager: Niccolo Machiavelli.

Philadelphia, USA – Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton and Madison. No other country has been so blessed.”

In spare moments I’m dabbling around the edges of genius. Unresolved are the questions: Can genius be created? Is genius collaborative or individual?

Following the idea presented in the movie above, where are the flashes in time where collective intelligence emerged?

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