On Sunday morning I was watching Cara DeHaan, who wonderfully edits my columns, play the piano for our worship service. She has musical talent I can only appreciate with my ears, not duplicate with my hands or mouth. While listening to her play, it struck me, given the way the body works, how miraculous is the ability to play the piano (or, for that matter, any musical instrument).
We all know the greatest two commands: we are to love God and love each other. Have you ever considered whether love has a biological basis? That some may be born better lovers?
During Vacation Bible School this July, my church was transformed into a “Workshop of Wonders.” Each day the campers were invited to observe the activities of a scientist named Dr. Wow in his laboratory. After VBS I caught up with Dr. Wow for a short interview.
Sometimes the simplest, most obvious things are missed for a long time in research.
Having studied memory extensively, psychologists and neuroscientists can tell us a lot about the psychology of memory and where in the brain different types of memories are stored, but they have not understood how it worked at a neuron-by-neuron level.
Leading researchers can often give mind-expanding talks and tell their scientific stories clearly and precisely, pointing to the wide-ranging implications of their work. Younger scientists and students, while doing good work, tend to demonstrate less storytelling skill.