Can You Unlearn How to Ride a Bicycle?

This video offers a thought provoking illustration of
what can happen when we change of our typical behaviors

You learned to ride a bike by moving the handle bars to the left in order to turn left and moving the handle bars to the right in order to turn right.

You will never forget how to ride a bike designed like that.

But what happens if someone redesigns a bike in such a way that the bicycle steers in the opposite direction of normal bikes; that is, you have to steer left to go right and right to go left?

This is what happened to Destin Sandlin, a rocket engineer, who produces an educational video series called “Smarter Every Day.”

In this video, he explores how, once you have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that, even if you want to.

However, after practicing five minutes a day for eight months with the new bike, he said that one day he couldn’t ride the bike, and the next day he could. It was as though he could feel some kind of pathway in his brain was now unlocked.

Then, when he tried to ride a regular bike, it took him some time to remember how to ride it!!

This short video offers a most interesting illustration of how our opinions easily float along pathways that feel so “natural” that we assume they must be the right way to think.

It’s not surprising that we don’t challenge our strongly held opinions; It’s not easy to change them, especially if we have been attached to them for many years.

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