“Is this a hard choice for you?’ he demanded.
Yes! I cried. “Oh,” he said, springing back up cheerfully. “In that case, it doesn’t matter. If it’s a hard decision, then there’s always lots to be said on both sides, so either choice is likely to be good in its way. Hard choices are always unimportant.”
From the New Yorker 28th Jan, 2013 “Music to Your Ears” by Adam Gopnik
As I sat by the bedside of my mother in law yesterday, as I have many times in the last year, I was catching up on the magazine I subscribe to – the New Yorker. I confess I didn’t quite understand the physics part of this great piece about how we listen to music and how the way we have listened has changed over time – but I was interested enough to read on as the cognitive sciences and the insights generated from them are really what fascinate me most intellectually and articles like these give one some sort of access to the world of science which otherwise passes one by. Music, emotional maps, time, culture, fooling the brain – always ready and willing to be fooled – who could not be curious at least to read this?