Successful musicians put in hours of practice from an early age. But is all that practice really necessary? Is talent alone – with a bit of practice – not enough? How does the brain change with practice, and can you create a genius?
Our olfactory organ is quite exceptional. What you are capable of smelling can change within a few months as a result of changes within your nose. And a smell apparent to one person may be completely undetectable to another.
A newborn baby cannot speak, it sees almost nothing, and controlled movements of its arms and legs are minimal. After being born he learns through significant changes in the brain. These are a condition for and also a result of this learning process.