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Karen acknowledged. “Karen—I have a role. ” “Your hours are flexible,” she stated, which was once actual. i used to be a true property agent, operating from domestic. She smiled at me with all her depraved sparkle. “I’m convinced will probably be interesting. ” Lucy Hartwick, twenty-five years previous, was once tall, slim, and intensely lovely. I observed Karen, who regrettably susceptible to jealousy, look at me. yet I wasn’t interested in Lucy. there has been anything chilly approximately her attractiveness. She slightly glanced up at us from a working laptop or computer in Allen’s lab, and her gaze was once detached. The display displayed a chess video game. “Lucy’s ranking, as measured by means of machine video games besides, is 2670,” Allen acknowledged. “So? ” certain, 2670 was once tremendous excessive; basically twenty or so avid gamers on the planet held scores above 2700. yet i used to be nonetheless in sarcastic mode, whilst I castigated myself for childishness. Allen acknowledged, “Six months in the past her ranking used to be 1400. ” “So six months in the past, she first realized to play, correct? ” We have been conversing approximately Lucy, bent immobile above the chess board, as though she weren’t even current. “No, she had performed two times per week for 5 years. ” that sort of scores bounce for somebody with mediocre expertise who hadn’t studied chess a number of hours an afternoon for years—it simply didn’t take place. Karen stated, “Good for you, Lucy! ” Lucy glanced up blankly, then back to her board. I stated, “And so simply how is that this alleged to swap the area? ” “Come see this,” Allen stated. with out in retrospect, he strode towards the door. i used to be getting bored with his video games, yet Karen him, so I her. Eccentricity has continuously intrigued Karen, maybe simply because she’s so balanced, so sane, herself. It was once one cause I fell in love along with her. Allen held out a mass of graphs, charts, and clinical scans as though he anticipated me to learn them. “See, Jeff, those are all Lucy, taken whilst she’s taking part in chess. The caudate nucleus, which aids the brain in switching gears from one suggestion to a different, indicates low task. So does the thalamus, which techniques sensory enter. And right here, in the—” “I’m a realtor, Allen,” I stated, extra harshly than I meant. “What does all this rubbish suggest? ” Allen checked out me and acknowledged easily, “She’s performed it. Lucy has. She’s realized to get rid of the static. ” “What static? ” I acknowledged, even if I remembered completely our dialog of twenty-five years in the past. “You mean,” acknowledged Karen, regularly a brief research, “that Lucy can pay attention to something at a time with no getting distracted? ” “I simply stated so, didn’t I? ” Allen acknowledged. “Lucy Hartwick has keep watch over of her personal brain. while she performs chess, that’s all she’s doing. accordingly, she’s now equivalent to the pinnacle echelons of the chess international. ” “But she hasn’t truly performed any of these best gamers, has she? ” I argued. “This is simply your estimate in line with her play opposed to a few laptop. ” “Same thing,” Allen acknowledged. “It isn't! ” Karen peered in shock at my outrage. “Jeff—” Allen stated, “Yes, Jeff, take heed to Carol. Don’t—” “‘Karen! ’” “—you comprehend? Lucy’s by some means accomplished overall focus. That shall we her just…just start forward in her realizing of the item she chooses to target.