You know who’s a good source of podcasts to knit to? Someone whose retina detached, that’s who. A dear pal o’mine recently found herself in this situation, which, thankfully in her case, excellent doctors can fix. But the healing process is slow, and you can’t do a lot with your eyes for many weeks. So: podcasts. Listening to books on Audible.com. Talking on the phone, old-school. Knitting with big yarn and big needles and super simple patterns.
Reattached Retina Recommends: the Hidden Brain podcast. As described on the website, here’s the idea: “Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.” Hmm. Not sure I want to know the biases that shape my choices. Kidding!
I started with “Losing Face,” 14th in the list. It’s about “super recognizers,” people who are really good at facial recognition, and about how most of us suck at recognizing faces. I think I’m medium-good at it, but this podcast made me feel a lot better about those awkward moments when someone really knows me and I can’t quite place them without a little more information. At this point in my life, having worked several jobs, lived in several neighborhoods, had kids in several schools, and shopped in every dang yarn store in a 50-mile radius, is it any wonder that I occasionally stumble over how I know someone who looks so familiar? These little moments have led to one of my possibly-annoying behaviors, which is that when I do recognize someone I haven’t seen in a while, I often introduce myself to them, just in case they’re struggling with my face.
One nice thing about Hidden Brain: most episodes are under a half hour. Snacky!
I just realized that the issue of face recognition is relevant to a bunch of knitters next weekend. See you (and hope to recognize you) at Rhinebeck!