Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson announces “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” a one-man show on Broadway. “Fighting to me is what theory was to Einstein or words were to Hemingway or notes were to Beethoven.” — Mike Tyson
On June 27, 1988, a 21-year-old Mike Tyson made in excess of 21 million dollars for 91 seconds of work. It took him just over 14 seconds to pull in more money than Michael Jordan, in his prime, made for an entire season of work that year. But maybe you never cared much about sports or athletes and preferred art instead. So maybe you’ll accept Warhol’s advice and measure the worth of an artwork by what you can get for it. At Tyson’s pay rate that night, after another round or so (227 seconds to be exact by my calculations), the work of art he displayed in the ring would’ve earned as much as Vincent van Gogh’s efforts on a canvas when Irises became the most expensive work of art in the world just several months before, selling for $53.9 million.
“Mike Tyson remains that rarest of all commodities. Instead of the human being sold as superhero, Tyson is the superhero who is selling himself as a human being.” — Wallace Matthews
Source: “Sparring with Mike Tyson,” by Brian Jonathan Butler, in Atlantic Online, August 9
Speaking at a meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Academic Psychiatry conference, Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, said that the relationship between creativity and psychiatric disorder is not a myth, arguing that the characteristics linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were the same as those associated with creative genius.
He argued that the link between ASDs, creativity and genius were caused by common genetic causes.
His examples were Isaac Newton, Mozart (pictured here), Jefferson and Einstein.
It is self-evident that a finding of this sort, if it is generally accepted, is of great scholarly interest. But, surely, to the general public it is merely a curiosity. It contributes nothing to the understanding of the place these men occupy in human history.
The connection between genius and disease (rather than a condition like autism) is far more mysterious. Would Schubert, Schumann and Hugo Wolf have become geniuses if they had not been infected by syphilis? Would Nietzsche have become one of the great thinkers of the late nineteenth century if he had been healthy?
And those of us who have not (yet) been infected, do we have a chance?
Now those are interesting questions to be put to Professor Michael Fitzgerald.
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