TO LEARN AND TO GROW
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!