I've had discussions with many people about musicians, dancing, and learning, and how they all relate. I’ve also had a life-long fascination with accelerated learning in adults, and how the best teachers pass more to their students.
Recently, someone passed me a link to a show on brain functioning, learning and genius as it relates to music. It compares and contrasts “gifted” brains compared to “normal” people. It also outlines some of the issues related to being a young genius.
It's about 45 years too late for me to directly use this material, but I still find things we can apply as adults. If we don't practice, if we don't continue to grow, we eliminate our chances of being the best we can be. This applies to dancing, music, our jobs and our social relationships.
Learning never stops (or it shouldn't), and it's interesting to see what scientists are learning about being a young genius. "Use it or lose it" still applies to learning after a few decades or more, and there are many other insights we can apply. I've read other studies showing we CAN grow intellectually stronger as we age, but it requires some concentrated effort.
Over the years, I’ve read quite a few books on brain functioning and learning, and this show is very interesting. It’s a long show (47 minutes), but if you enjoy learning about learning, you’ll find this worth your time.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
My Brilliant Brain - Born Genius
Technical note: This is the first time I'm embedding a Google video in my blog. I'm not seeing it when I view the blog, so I'm including the link below and I'll probably remove the link once the embedded version is working above:
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,
and that's your own self.