it appears that taxi drivers learning a city experience increases in size of certain brain structures implicated in memory:
http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/stories/brains-of-taxi-drivers-work-differently-than-average-people (couldn't find the journal article sorry)
but that old chestnut keeps coming up:
"What is not clear is whether those trainees who became fully-fledged taxi drivers had some biological advantage over those who failed. Could it be, for example, that they have a genetic predisposition towards having a more adaptable, 'plastic' brain?" Maguire said. "In other words, the perennial question of 'nature versus nurture' is still open."
And yet people will still say that your fate depends on how hard you try, rather than who your mother and father were.
your genes only explain so much, and trying hard seems like a plausible contributor to success. i'm comfortable with the idea that applying yourself can make you more successful. genes certainly contribute (you only need to look at the heritability of IQ), but other factors come into it, otherwise we wouldn't need to bother with education, etc.
Until Google realizes that storage expansion is a MANDATORY feature of media consumption devices
for some users?
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