Why should you listen to this idiot?
I have no sequential memory – it’s a resource you use so often that you probably can’t grasp life without it. I can’t multitask in the least, I am lost 100% of the time and I’ve never known my own phone number. The normal way that most people learn doesn’t work at all for me. Oddly, my real advantage is the same as my handicap – I don’t learn the same way you do. From the day you are born you start leaning from what’s around you. Information is beaten into your head, and you learn to trust and accept much of it. For me it fell out of my head as fast as it went in. While I’m sure I still hold all kinds of cognitive bias, trusting information that was fed to me by unknown sources isn’t one of them.
What I lack in memory function I make up for in math skills and understanding science and the connections between subjects. Everything to me is a math problem, it’s just how my mind works. I spend my life building models of things to understand how they work. I build test devices to better understand how the human body works, I built a piano to understand how sound is produced. Everything can be tested and probably should be.
My understanding of the pedal stroke came by accident. Like most people, I leaned to walk at a very young age. It was very cute, I fell on my ass a number of times but finally got the hang of it. Then in my 20’s while strength training for cycling I suffered a back injury that left me with almost no strength in my lower body. After a few months in a wheelchair I got to learn how to walk again. There are all sorts of balancing muscles used in walking, but only four major muscle group used in pedaling a bike, so the second time around I learned how to pedal before I learned how to walk. being the engineer I am, I built the pedal stroke as a sequence of muscle firings, which became the basis for my pedal stroke program.