While I would never say that bilingualism makes you “smarter,” perhaps the more rigorous mental exercise demanded by constantly switching between languages and the multiplication of neural connections that must be established among thousands of words and word groups keeps the brain primed to operate at a higher level of efficiency.
But a series of ingenious experiments have shown that many people with dyslexia possess distinctive perceptual abilities.
The most harmful myth to achieving success, according to Matthew Sved in his recent book Bounce, is that geniuses are born rather than developed.
NYT Book review of the mid-19th century treasure THE FIRST SIX BOOKS OF THE ELEMENTS OF EUCLID: In Which Coloured Diagrams and Symbols Are Used Instead of Letters for the Greater Ease of Learners (Taschen, $59.99).
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