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Keith Sgrillo's picture

Culture as a factor

I think that culture clearly plays a huge role, as I suspect it did in this experience for me.  But I also think that there is a degree of "wiring" that takes place during development that may predispose some limits.  Take the professional athlete for example.  Thier bodies just seem to be connected and wired in such a way that they are able to produce incredible physical feats that the "average" person cannot.  In most cases, no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to run a 40 yard dash in 4.2 seconds (I know, I've tried).  You can definitly improve your time, but it is doutful we would reach the level of a world class sprinter.  So if all parts of the body are connected through the same neurological pathways, then why should it be any different for the brain to have certain limitations for some and not for others.   If you read my response to the presentation I tried to outline one cultural aspect that I feel got in the way.  Great post.  Very insightful.  

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