Atanu Dey On India's Development

A bit of piano music


This six-year old, Ethan Bortnick, is pretty astounding.

The world has 6+ billion people. Even six-sigmas away from the mean, you are likely to find a pretty huge number of extremely extraordinary people. Makes you wonder how many don’t have access to what it takes for their various talents to flourish. This kid is not just talented — he is lucky. As Stephen Jay Gould had said, “I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.”


  1. How right is Stephen Gould. You could get all the access and help you want, but, it also depends on how you yourself tend your talents, and keep sharpening them. It requires dedication and passion. I do agree environment,parents play a large role. Sometimes you just don’t get that push you (your confidence) need(s). Reading many of the biographies of geniuses you can notice the relentless encouragement from their parents, especially mothers – maybe because they were the ones spending most time with the kids. Though, after a while, its your own effort.

    I don’t know what could possibly done to identify talent and encourage it, other than educating and letting them choose for themselves, their paths.

  2. “Outliers” is based on the same. That Nurture is more important than Nature.

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