Last week, my not-so-little brother celebrated his thirtieth birthday, and he proudly showed the gift he got from his girlfriend that morning — a shiny new guitar. Despite his reputation for enthusiastic singing performances, particularly in the shower, I was still very surprised.
Imagine yourself on a lazy evening. You have just decided that you want to watch a movie on Netflix, but, as always, it is hard to choose which movie you would like to see. Perhaps it might be a good idea to let somebody else make the choice for you or to let Netflix play a random movie so that you don’t have to think about it anymore?
Anyone who takes seriously how our brains work would radically restructure education, says professor of social-cognitive neuropsychology Harold Bekkering. Then the student's curiosity would be the starting point, and not the textbook.
The world has changed, but education didn’t.
Why do people choose specific paths and ignore countless others? Why might a mathematician be content with a casual bike ride as their sole source of exercise, while marathon runners prioritize their running time over complex algebraic equations?