Are kids who play an instrument or sing smarter than everyone else? Maybe not smarter – but research shows improvements in learning and brain function with musical training. Surprisingly, just a few months makes a difference. Of course, the more years of training, the better, but researchers have measured improvements with only 1 month of musical training.
Or Why Effective Theories are so … Effective
Solids, liquids, gases. What do these words really mean? How about cell, organ, or human? At a fundamental level, these things are complex assemblages of interacting subatomic particles. But you probably have an easy time recognizing a human without knowing about their electron configurations; you might instead identify key characteristics like physical appearance or behavior. These various abstractions help us understand the macro-world, but a seemingly naive philosophical question is “why can we do that?” Continue reading