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The narrowing of interests

Our modern society is the product of specialization. Albert Einstein may have been less able to come up with general relativity if he also had to grow his own food and sew his own clothes. Perhaps time constraints would have prevented him from reaching the depths of thinking required. If we enjoy one thing above another, there isn't a problem.

We can also enjoy learning lots of other things that may be more satisfying and interesting than narrow specialization.

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An explanation for learning difficulty is that our motivation, moods, and interest play a large role in how difficult it is to keep learning math.

Some people take longer to develop the relevant building-block insights to progress in deep subjects like math. The ability to acquire understanding may vary from person to person.

The better we get at some things, the more we want to do it. Conversely, the worse we fare in other domains, the less we want to work at it.

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