Rognvald wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Thanks, all, for the great responses! We live in an epoch where the concept that we "are all the same" and that it is only opportunity that separates us from each other is the daily mantra. And this is false because it creates in people the notion that you can be anything you want to be with hard work and discipline.
First, biology on one level is just the organization of and differentiation of cells and chemicals in an organism that collectively perform various functions. On the other level, every thought you have, every dream, every twitch, and how you plan for the future, is because of biology.
The point of the research that concludes that deliberate practice for a very long time (10,000 hours) trumps talent (biology) is not that everyone is equally endowed at all things. It is that many more of us are endowed much more than we’ve been led to believe, and if you polish that raw stone you might make it shine.
I think that if one could design the right experiment this could be proven. But since this thread is all about anecdotal evidence, I submit that you all know more very competent “masters” of our instrument and music in general who worked their asses off to get there while overcoming some “biology” hurdle, than people you know who popped out of the womb as musical savants.
Humans are not rational beings. Which is why we gravitate to the exceptions in life, rather than the rule. The exceptions are “prodigies” and “gifted” people who come by it easy. The rule is the rest of us who had to work with the biology we got.
The other anecdotal likelihood is that there are many more millions of the billions of souls in Asia or Africa who have the biology to become Mozarts than there are who were born under circumstances where this is likely to happen. Biology is not the limiting factor.
Rog, that doesn’t mean “we’re all the same”. That sir is a canard.
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