Is math innate to humans?
An interesting controversy in philosophy, linguistics and psychology is whether or not numbers and counting is an innate human ability or something learnt. There is a certain portion of what we think of a consciousness that is strictly speaking instinct…our animal brains…but how much? One of the areas thought to be instinctual was our ability to count…that anyone anywhere at any time in history could count and understand simple numbers; such 1, 30, 523, etc.
Practice may NOT make perfect: Innate talent is what's required for greatness in areas such as games or music
People have long spent hours working on achieving greatness in their chosen field on the assumption that practice will make perfect.
However, new research suggests that their efforts may all have been in vain.
A study has shown that differences in practice levels are not enough to explain why people differ in ability when taking part in activities such as playing chess or music.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2328337/Practice-NOT-make-perfect-Innate-talent-whats-required-greatness-areas-games-music.html#ixzz2qqsd4SLV