no such thing as genius, like beauty it's in the eye of the beholder
Well said. I find the definition of genius offered here to be too narrow, and too subjective. I also find Fresco's comment about the practical value of genius to be silly. For example, Leonardo da Vinci is generally accounted to be a genius, and he spent nearly the whole of his working life proposing solutions to practical problems. That the level of technological sophistication of his day prevented him from producing many of his ideas does not alter that he was routinely employed to find practical solutions to real world problems.
Dj is definitely correct that asserting genius is a subjective statement.
Genius was a bad turn of phrase. I don't think it's silly, he's talking about what might be classed as a 'genius figure' in academia if we take the notion loosely not what constitutes as one exactly.
I too feel the phrase too subjective. However, if we're talking about people canonised by academics it becomes a slightly different issue, still subjective, but also (in the humanities fields at least) created by the paradigms academics all jump on like a bangwagon.