I find this article simply fascinating: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/tibetan-monks-tackle-scie_0_n_1646398.html?utm_hp_ref=buddhism
Though I am not at all surprised, I am still amazed at what the author determined during his classroom observation of monks and nuns attending classes offered by Emory University:
No one yawns. No one dozes. Since almost no one takes notes, it’s easy to think they’re not paying attention. But then a monk or a nun in a red robe calls out a question about brain chemistry – or cell biology, or logic – that can leave their teachers stunned.
Though most studied only religious subjects after eighth grade, they regularly traverse highly complex concepts: “They really understand how neurocircuits work at a level that’s comparable to what we see at a senior (undergraduate) neuroscience classroom in the United States,” said Young, the neuroscientist.
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