Some stories we tell about the world are just untrue. Others, much more dangerous ones, are untrue, but well-told. They resonate with our intuitions and preconceptions, and they tend to stick with us like mischievous ghosts. We do all we can to get rid of them. We ritually distance ourselves from them in the introductionsContinue reading “At the beginning there was learning – Part I”
I am very bad at remembering and recognizing melodies. It doesn’t hurt too much: I am so amusical that I rarely notice this deficiency. It was a much bigger problem, though, when I was a child – and it’s because I was a birdwatching child. Recognizing birds by their songs was a dramatically hard thingContinue reading “Where is the bird’s song encoded?”
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