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Genius Taxi drivers
Transcript of Genius Taxi drivers
Is it innate or can it be acquired?
it is attractive to believe that any of us can be anything we want.
effort, perserverence, hard slog..........
Sung U Kuen....Inha University.
Hyeon Su Kim. Record TOEFL score.
Ruth Lawrence. To Oxford University at age 12.
What do they have in common?
parents......academic background and strong support.
stimulating or supporting?
my guess.......pushing....living vicariously through their children?...perhaps.
so conclusion is....genius can be
learned. It isn't innate.....so...good news, yes?
What do these two have in common?
Well, according to Eleanor Maguire of University College London,
after a study of taxi drivers, the hippocampus can get bigger.
So.....the human brain can CHANGE its anatomy in response
to the needs of its owner.
The knowledge. All London black
cab drivers must learn over 320
routes in London. It takes between 2-4
years to learn them all.
What is really interesting though, was that this study
showed that other parts of the Taxi drivers brain
SHRANK......, nothing comes without a price.
Is it right for parents to do this?
What are the costs? Will the child
grow up to be a well-rounded
adult able to relate to other human
well, an interesting question but it does
suggest genius can be 'acquired'
After a certain age, there is not much point being taught something.
Languages, computer skills, learning a musical instrument, taking up a new hobby;
these all need
to be taught young. After a certain point, you are just 'an old dog learning a new trick.'
What do you think?
Economist. March 18 2000.
1. seeing 3-dimensional images in your head. (Can 'see' them.)
2. finding your way
5. to design again
6. a design
11. being the best, above all others. Quintessential.
12. machine to look inside the body
1. Does the human brain stay the same, (physically)
once you reach adulthood?
2. What is the name of the area of the brain which is important in making us remember things?
3. What happens to the brains of taxi drivers?
4. What is the cost?
Asked if studying English is fun, Kim answered,
A square mile at the end of each of the 300 routes
Malcolm Gladwell (10,000 hours)
14. to use/employ (noun)
15. to vary
19. make up
20. to discover
21. get smaller
22. to suggest 'not solid' or 'not fixed.'
"is eating food fun?"
Make a list of variables that might have existed
in a gifted person's environment...
WERE A CHILD.
THINGS IN COMMON which ALL gifted kids
might have had.....