"Studying the impossible"
"Ironically, the serious study of the impossible has frequently opened up rich and entirely unexpected domains of science. For example, over the centuries the frustrating and futile search for a 'perpetual motion machine' led physicists to conclude that such a machine was impossible, forcing them to postulate the conservation of energy and the three laws of thermodynamics. Thus the futile serch to build perpetual motion machines helped to open up the entirely new field of thermodynamics, which in part laid the foundation of the steam engine, the machine age, and modern industrial society" (Physics of the Impossible, pg xiv).
By Dr. James Marshall
"Learning with Technology"
"Learning changes the brain anatomically; with each new stimulation, experience, and behavior, it can rewire itself. Because we are all raisied in different environments with different experiences, each brain is unique. Even identical twins don't have identical brains.
In the 1960s, various researchers showed the the environment can substantially influence the architecture of the brain. marian Diamond (1967), a neuroanatomist at the University of California at Berkeley, found that the brain can literally grow new connections with stimulation from the environment, thus allowing for better brain cell communication and improved learning" (The Process of Learning, pg 5).