Often people say they are good at one subject but worse at the other. For instance one claims to be good at math, but not so good at english. It is a dividing line in the way people think about how they learn, i.e. an identity construct like anything else.

Both english and math are simply systems of abstractions "algorythmytized" by the brain. They are two sides of the same coin. Ultimately the purpose behind learning either subject, is to give you a special nichefied edge in being social with these concepts. The real value of learning anything comes mechanistically from being able to talk about it with other people.

We choose to be especially good at one subject or the other, because we choose the indentity of a "math person" or an "english person" - both constructs in their own right that have been handed down to us by the centuries of phillsophical thought and perception before us. It has even gone so far as to say in good phrenological fashion, one side of the brain handles the math, and the other the english, givng us justification for this identity-split - even though ultimately is just depends on how well you can convince others that you know the subject. This may otherwise be more commonly known as "how well you can bullshit your way through." Bullshitting happens in both english and math. (Is bullshitting a predominantly left brain or right brain activity? This is a rhetorical question.)

Perhpas it is true that there is a definite phrenological/genetic basis of whether or not somebody takes on the identity of a math person or an english person, but from my point of view, learning english is very similar to learning math. On the abstract metcacognitive level, they are the same activities to me. I restrict myself from claiming I am one identity or the other, and I think I end up being pretty good at both (not just me, but anyone else who might take this point of view). The moral of the story - people never end up realizing their full potential, because they are so attatched to notions of identity all across the board.

Taken from my "Bus Journal" - Everyday during the 15 minute downtime on the bus ride to school I write down my thoughts, in the clear state of mind birthed by the morning.