It seems counterintuitive that learning begins in the womb and that some of the most important learning we do happens before we’re born. Though it might sound strange this theory is backed up. For example they learn the sound of their mothers’ voices. Babies once born prefer to listen to their mothers’ voice. They also begin to learn language while listening to things around them inside the womb.
Another thing babies learn in the womb is taste and smell. When the mother eats something the baby can taste it and they will remember it once born. This shows that fetus’s are constantly being taught by their mothers’ about what is safe and good to eat along with their culture. They learn critical survival skills may it may not seem like that.
Annie continues to go into details about how little things in life while pregnant can affect the baby’s health in the long run for both good and bad. An example would be how she talks about passing down PTSD to her child. If the child is born with this it will make them aware of their surroundings or a quick trigger to danger. But with something like this, it could save a child’s life.
Essentially mothers’ are giving their child a pre-warning to the world they are about to enter. And we make sure that our child is prepared to come into the real world whether we know we’re doing it or not.
It seems counterintuitive that you would fix the bullet holes on a plane arriving back from war. But this is indeed false. As Abraham Wald explained, you want to improve the areas on the returning plane that was least hit because the planes not coming back were most likely hit there. And if the planes aren’t coming back we will never see where those planes were hit. Causing those spots to be a crucial spot on a plane.
In the article they then jump kind of off topic and talk about students and the work they do. If a student did poorly and was “chewed out,” the next time the student did something, he would improve. If you praise a student, then the next time they won’t do as good.
They relate this to people going to the doctors. A lot of the times we don’t wait to go to the doctors until our sickness is really bad. With that being said, maybe you’re sickness is at its lowest and all it can do is go up now. When you go to the doctors it might not be what the doctor did that made you get better, it could be the fact that if you just waited a little bit longer you were going to get better.
It seems counterintuitive that someone would not take so many pictures of elderly animals. That maybe after a certain point it was weird to have so many pictures. But to Isa Leshko it was normal and to her it was like therapy to take these pictures which then turned into a project.
Isa talks about her family and how she is now taking care of both her parents. Shes a photographer and while with her family she decided she was not going to take pictures of her parents. While in New Jersey, she visited relatives. They had an old horse on the property which caught Isa’s attention. This is what triggered her to take pictures of elderly animals.
She talks about fighting back tears when taking pictures of the rooster because of how badly he was in shape. To me seems like it reminded her of her parents. Also when taking these pictures, the care givers found a lot of comfort in the images particularly after the animals have past. Isa talks about looking at the animals ageing and mortality and how that’s not an easy subject. These pictures help Isa find meaning in joy and life and face the physical limitations and challenges.