TO LEARN AND TO GROW

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Welcome - Akanksha Nair akanksha@re­gent­media.sg

To err is hu­man, and amongst all of the cut­throat ad­vance­ment fa­cil­i­tated by man in the world to­day we al­most for­get oc­ca­sion­ally that some of the best in­no­va­tions were borne of mis­takes and er­rors. With er­rors you learn to per­se­vere and pay at­ten­tion to the de­tails you never no­ticed be­fore, and that is what dis­tin­guishes the smart from the bril­liant.

With this in mind, we re­fer to our is­sue last month, where we pub­lished an im­age of what we thought was the Raf­fles’ banded lan­gur liv­ing in Sin­ga­pore. Thanks to our readers, we learnt that this was in­deed a com­mon mis­take that we had also un­know­ingly com­mit­ted. The ex­perts amongst our readers have pointed that this was in fact the dusky leaf-mon­key which can­not be found in Sin­ga­pore, and it bears un­canny sim­i­lar­ity to the Raf­fles’ banded lan­gur, with the two com­monly mis­taken for each other. The spe­cific de­tails that dis­tin­guish the two in­clude a more promi­nent white eye rings on the dusky, and the Mo­hawk on the banded. The dusky on the cover also had more promi­nent hair on their cheeks mak­ing their face look tri­an­gu­lar, a fea­ture that the banded does not share.

A di­a­logue be­tween readers and writers is to us the health­i­est form of growth, and we thank the ex­perts and readers who taught us some­thing new with our last is­sue. Con­tin­u­ing on this process of shared learn­ing, in this month’s is­sue we have for you ways to supercharge your brain, i.e. sci­en­tific meth­ods to en­sure that your body’s most im­por­tant ma­chine works bet­ter for longer (Pg 56). We also ex­plore the very con­cept of the ori­gins and cre­ation of time it­self, by delv­ing into Prof Richard Muller’s re­search on the cre­ation of brief chunks of time from col­lid­ing black holes (p36).

I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this di­a­logue of shared learn­ing and growth in the sub­se­quent is­sues of our mag­a­zine. For now, en­joy this one!

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