Daily Archives: September 16, 2012

If Tolstoy can learn to ride a bike at 67, you can still learn things too.

It helps to be reminded from time to time that it is never too late to learn new things and discover new passions. In this article, How Tolstoy Learned to Ride a Bike, and Other Tales of Late-Life Learning – NYTimes.com, Chales Wilson provides a number of examples of late learners, from Toystoy to Eisenhower to Marie Curie. In Toystoy’s case

The author of “War and Peace” took his first bicycling lesson at age 67, only a month after the death of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka. He was still grieving, and the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers provided him a free bike and instruction along the garden paths on his estate. He became a devotee, taking rides after his morning chores. “Count Leo Tolstoy . . . now rides the wheel,” declared Scientific American in 1896, “much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate.”

We can rebuild you: the progress in growing new organs

This is amazing: Scientists Make Progress in Tailor-Made Organs – NYTimes.com. It’s still in the early stages, and it is possible that the more complex organs will not be that easy to grow (e.g. parts of the brain). It’s worth reading, as well as worth thinking about.

There may come a time when people get their organs changed like they were shoes or tires on cars. When the difference between rich and poor will depend on the ability to swap out organs.

The future is here, all around us, happening while we look elsewhere.