Bill Gates The New Revolutionary Creator
Throughout my journey in this honors seminar, I have read about several creators (in Creating Minds) who were pioneers or masters in their respective domains. Each of these creators (Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Ghandi) was researched by Howard Gardner who then classified each one as representing one of his seven intelligences (Intrapersonal, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Musical, Verbal/Linguistic, Kinesthetic, and Interpersonal). Interestingly, one of the main reasons he chose those particular individuals as representatives of each intelligence was due to the fact that they had all lived within a certain time period and had made some of their most significant breakthroughs in the early part of the 20th century. Their names and their work still live on today (even long after their deaths). They have been some of the most influential people whose works have helped to shape our perceptions of our art, music, literature, dance, ourselves, each other, and the very fabric of the universe itself. However, many critics of Gardner's work asked why he chose the people he did. "Why didn't he choose Beethoven for Musical or James Joyce for Verbal/Linguistic?" Now that our class has finished studying each of these creators, each one of us has the opportunity to research and write about a creator whom we think should be included in Gardner's book. While I recognize that there have been many creators from the past who could be included, I find myself asking the question "What about creators who are living right now? What about those who are shaping our perceptions, ideologies, and society right before our own eyes?" Along with that, who would be someone interesting with whom I could identify? I had considered various famous people who are masters in their domain. Then as I logged onto my Internet service provider I saw a news blotter about the Microsoft Trial with a picture of Bill Gates seated before Congress. Then the "light bulb" illuminated itself above my cranium. "Bill Gates would be perfect. He is the co-founder of Microsoft, a multi-billionaire, has some form of his company's software running in almost every computer in the world, and seems to demonstrate a high degree of Logical/Mathematical intelligence. As I did some preliminary research, I discovered that he fit the Gardner model for demonstrating creativity in his particular domain very well. (Besides, I feel that I owe him some way; afterall, his company did design both the operating system that my computer uses, not to mention the very word processing program that I am using to write this paper. Thanks, Mr. Gates.)
William H. Gates, III was born into a wealthy Seattle family in 1955. His father is an attorney and his mother is a University of Washington Regent and director of First Interstate Bank. Much of his early childhood was characterized as "rebellious." Perhaps this was due to...