[ExI] neuroscience questions

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 08:35:05 UTC 2020

On Aug 26, 2020, at 12:10 PM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Does anyone know why it is that pro athletes and, just for another example, classically trained musicians need to practice so much?
> My violinist friend said:  "If I don't practice today, I know it.  If I don't practice tomorrow, you'll know it.  If I don't practice the next day, everyone will know it."
> Could it be that rarely practiced skills representing certain brain areas get taken over by new concerns?  I have no clue.

Your friend was paraphrasing Jascha Heifetz. (No worries. I’ve heard too many musicians pass that one off without attribution since college.)

By the way, my violin-playing was so bad, no one wanted me to practice. (Please no on bring up the anecdote about George III. I’ve used that one myself several times.)


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