(a Go player)
- Chess players reading chess games off the page (actually sitting in a bus and “reading” a chess game)
- The same regarding Go players (I am not sure if it’s harder or not)
- The same thing regarding musicians readings notes off the page. (One of the weirdest experiences is sitting at 2 am Friday night and singing Chabad niggunim from memory next to a musician who is just singing them off the page for the first time in his life. By the way, there are apparently nearly a hundred niggunim called “Niggun LeShabbos VeYomTov”. Until we found the correct one, I had to sing the beginning notes around ten times. Considering that, as Russians say, “a bear stepped on my ear”, it must have looked quite amusing.)
- Mathematicians and theoretical physicists sitting down in front of a blank piece of paper (or a blank computer screen) and discovering something. (Theoretical scientists in other areas — especially Biology — are usually crap at what they do.)
- Artists, writers, composers sitting down in front of a blank piece of paper/computer screen and just inventing things out of blue
- Twins (OK, that’s more of a phobia).
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Obviously, I have to write more posts on Go (and Sherlock Holmes), but an experience in Go academy in 19th-century Japan was remarkably similar to an experience in yeshiva. All life revolved around one single intellectual purpose and activity.
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A Chabad niggun in many cases is like a thalamocortical cell.