By Eric Weiner

In The Geography of Genius, Eric Weiner suggests that immigrants are exceptionally creative not necessarily because of ambition, but because of their “outsider” perspective.

Many immigrants possess what the psychologist Nigel Barber calls ‘oblique perspective.’ Uprooted from the familiar, they see the world at an angle, and this fresh perspective enables them to surpass the merely talented. To paraphrase the philosopher Schopenhauer: Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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