Consider everyday life. Making decisions is an all-day-long event, and quite often an all-day-long event that includes many simultaneous decisions. Is it important? Of course, it is. Buying a gift is important, and deciding what to eat is important. Everything can be important for a host of reasons. That is just the tip of the iceberg regarding what those wonderful computing brains are about – the question is: can we learn to be better at making decisions and if so, how?
My answer is wholeheartedly, “Yes!”
Yes, we can become better at anything, and the beauty is that being a thinker, and being able to make the best decisions that affect everyday life and subsequently tomorrow’s life as well, can be done even-handedly, logically, efficiently, and peacefully. There is a catch though: one must endeavor to believe that a bit of effort to learn is worth all that.
Having watched brains think for the better part of my life leaves me with many questions, and at this moment, the first and foremost question is: what might I do, as an individual to help children, who will become adults, be thinkers? There is a ton of research, scads of articles and books on this very subject; some dull though, and others perhaps not resonating. This is too important to let go, and even if redundant, worth repeating: take away technology on regularly intervaled occasions, and replace those hours with games and reading. Fun games are worthwhile because fun is important and although one may feel he/she is having fun, we all learn a lot from playing games! But, there is something much more important than having fun which precedes fun, and allows for fun: learning to strategize and think a plan through from many angels. Chess!
In the ideal educational system from my perspective, chess would be a scheduled class, happening on a weekly basis, minimally. Let it begin in kindergarten, and continue straight through to 12th grade. This is the wonderful assistant to all teachers; students learning to think, consider, plan, strategize, follow rules, find camaraderie and win their intent; isn’t that what we hope for all the time when teaching them anything?
For adults, this is brain vitamins; teach yourself, teach your children, teach your mom and dad – chess is one way to begin winning from the very beginning because while you learn, you grow those all-important dendrites and keep them healthy.
Moral of the story: Chess does the body good.