Complicated bike

Riding this bike is quite complicated

Destin is an full-time engineer who explores the world and shares what he learns on his YouTube channel “Smarter Every Day”

About the video

The brain is amazing. It can perform all manner of intellectual and physical feats without us even noticing what’s happening, without giving much thought to it.

Like riding a bike. 

But watch what happens when this intelligent, skilled bike rider gets on this specially designed backwards bike. It works backwards, so that when he turns the handlebars to the right, the bike goes left. 

I expected he’d get the hang of it in a couple of minutes, because really, if you need to go right, then turn the handlebars to the left. 

As you’ll see in the video, it’s not that simple. 

This video is only about 8 minutes long and it’s a fun and simple experiment with huge, major takeaways. 

My takeaways

  • We come to expect things a certain way and any deviation from that can be unsettling.
  • We have biases we don’t even know we have.
  • Our biases are deeply embedded in our psyche. 
  • “Once you have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that. Even if you want to.”
  • Children learn faster than adults, as demonstrated by Destin’s 6-year old son learning in 2-weeks what took him (Destin) 8-months. 
  • And the biggie: “Be careful how you interpret things because you’re looking at the world with a bias, whether you think you are or not.”

The “Backwards Brain Bicycle” video is fascinating.

And he’s got links to tons of other videos on his website, Smarter Every Day. And you can find links to some other interesting things he’s done, like interview a president, on his “About” page. 

Does being aware that I see the world through the lens of my biased vision make me smarter? It doesn’t feel like it.

But there is something to be said for being reminded of that biased view. That is a reminder that things aren’t always what they seem to be.

Each of us has to decide what that means for us as we go through life.

For me, it’s a reminder to judge less, love more.

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