Archive | August 2013

Just finished “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle.

This book discusses the theory of myelin being “wired” by repetitive practice (minimum duration approx 10,000 hours for a difficult learned task). In the book, the author outlines techniques used by master coaches and teachers, like “learning in chunks” while gradually increasing the difficulty while providing positive feedback.

Excerpt from Wikipedia on myelin:
“Myelin is a dielectric (electrically insulating) material that forms a layer, the myelin sheath, usually around only the axon of a neuron. It is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is an outgrowth of a type of glial cell. The production of the myelin sheath is called myelination. In humans, the production of myelin begins in the 14th week of fetal development, although little myelin exists in the brain at the time of birth. During infancy, myelination occurs quickly and continues through the adolescent stages of life.”

I have read about other brain theory, such as the social influence of Oxytocin in “The Moral Molecule” by Paul Zak, and the importance of the 6-layered cerebral cortex in higher function learning through prediction in “On Intelligence” by Jeff Hawkins, and “How the Mind Works” by Steven Pinker. “The Talent Code” adds another spin to the adaptive learning power of the human brain, crediting the plasticity of myelin.

The more I read about what we know about the brain, the more I realize we DON’T know. I look forward to keeping abreast of developments in this captivating field. I recommended The Talent Code to anyone interested in learning another angle of how the brain works.


First Blog ramblings.

I am new to the “blogging” world, and just joined WordPress to check it out. My first exposure to WordPress stems from following a couple of blogs from some of my preferred authors like physicist Sean Carroll (“From Eternity to Here”/”Particle at the End of the Universe”) and professor Jerry Coyne (“Why Evolution is True”), and as I am reading and learning about this wonderful existence have thoughts that I’d like to get out. Isn’t that one of the main functions of a blog?

Well, that’s what I will be using it for, although I am not sure how much time I will actually get to devote to such a task. I guess time will tell…

Speaking of time, that’s all I have for now. Hope to come back soon and ramble about some stuff…

Saw this on Twi…

Saw this on Twitter, thought it was funny:

“Thank Satan, it’s Monday”.