James Blish...declared, "Given the story which arrives in my head background-first, I find it works to ask myself next, 'Whom does this hurt?' The leading character comes out of the answer to this question."— Robert Silverberg, in his commentary on Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days," in Science Fiction 101 (originally Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder)
University of Exeter psychologist Michael Howe (author of Genius Explained) argues against "the idea that just a few people are born with a special mental capacity that enables them to achieve high levels of performance in a particular field." Hard work and persistence are what matter, says Howe.
Howe notes that even with the advantages of growing up in a musical household, Mozart had to work and work hard. He gives Mozart's practice time a very conservative estimate of three hours a day. From age three (when he supposedly began to play) to age six (his first musical tour of Europe), Mozart would have had 3,500 hours of practice. "That's about how long it takes for a young performer to become a very good amateur," says Howe.
Howe goes on to state (this is paraphrased, mind you) that to achieve a recognizable level of mastery in any field requires roughly ten years of methodical, disciplined practice.— From the blog of Andy Wolverton, a fellow Clarion 2004 alum.
盲人 == moujin == (noun) blind man
Bottom radical is
'eye' (目). Top radical is 'die' (亡). 'Dead eye' == 'blind'. Henshall
suggests as a
mnemonic: 'Dead eyes are blind.'