you, too, can have perfect pitch!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of listening closely to too many notes you, too, can have perfect pitch!

accurately identify which note a struck bell has played even if you’re only seven years old! Identify the numerical value in hertz of a given note! (wtf?) name that tune in just one note!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe you could try being a little more east asian.) really!!

(no, not really.)

bonus. bonus bonus.

previously: you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of thinking about biology reeeeally hard you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

consider (at great length) finch beaks! (huh?) come up with brand, new ideas about selection – naturally! write a lot about topics related to sex! (bonus!)

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a big, bushy beard.) really!!

(no, not really. hint.)

previously: you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of sprinting around your backyard you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

be faster than a speeding bullet! more powerful than a really powerful thing! able to leap those really tall hurdles in a single bound!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe some nominative determinism.) really!!

(no, not really.)

previously: you, too, can become a physics genius!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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psychobabble

wtf is this guy talking about?:

“Why genes are leftwing”

“When the map of the human genome was presented to the world in 2001, psychiatrists had high hopes for it. Itemising all our genes would surely provide molecular evidence that the main cause of mental illness was genetic – something psychiatrists had long believed. Drug companies were wetting their lips at the prospect of massive profits from unique potions for every idiosyncrasy.

“But a decade later, unnoticed by the media, the human genome project has not delivered what the psychiatrists hoped: we now know that genes play little part in why one sibling, social class or ethnic group is more likely to suffer mental health problems than another….

“…Genes hardly explained at all why some children have ADHD and not others.

“That was illustrated recently in a heavily publicised study by Anita Thapar, of Cardiff University. Although she claimed to have proved that ADHD is a “genetic disease”, if anything, she proved the opposite. Only 16% of the children with ADHD in her study had the pattern of genes that she claimed causes the illness. Taken at face value, her study proved that non-genetic factors cause it in 8 out of 10 children….”

james is (was?) a clinical child psychologist so he oughta know that adhd is NOT one thing. so, why would he presume that, if there is something genetic to these conditionsss, that it would be just ONE gene or ONE pattern of genes involved??

just because there’s not one single gene or one pattern of genes causing adhd doesn’t mean genes are not involved. and, just ’cause genes are involved does not mean that the environment is not!

nature AND nuture, already! duh.

lame, mr. james. very lame. (guess we wouldn’t want book sales to drop, would we?)

not hbd chick

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you, too, can become a physics genius!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of studying physics you, too, can become a physics genius!

uncover the mysteries of the universe for your fellow man! delve into the uncertainties (or not)! find out if the kitteh is alive or dead inside that box!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a funny hair-do.) really!!

(no, not really.)

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

(note: comments do not require an email.)