How’s Your Instrument?
August 13, 2016 by Peter Castillo – Leave a comment at the end.

I recently watched a YouTube video of a huge rock guitarist. His moniker is Slash, but his given name is Saul Hudson. His long black curly mane and signature black top hat is recognizable worldwide. He gained notoriety with the band Gun’s N Roses, and continued his success with other bands after he left Guns in 1996. Currently he’s back on tour with GNR, but for how long, only time will tell.

The video in question was filmed during Slash’s guitar solo with his post GNR band — Slash with Miles Kennedy. His signature guitar shred kept the audience mesmerized, but something happened during the solo. A guitar string snapped.

As the string dangled from the guitar neck, it was interesting to watch Slash continue his shred without missing a note. Knowing his instrument so well helped him recover as if by reflex. At one point he looked behind the amps, probably at his guitar tech. He probably wanted a quick guitar change when he was done with the solo. That moment he took to look back while he shredded with the dangling guitar string, just showed how well he knew his instrument.

An uninterrupted guitar solo after a string snaps. An athlete’s will to sculpt his body and learn his chosen sport. A student’s vision to study architecture, then go on to design amazing city skylines. These are scenarios of individuals with a highly functioning instrument that fills their heads. The human mind is merely an instrument that can utilize an unlimited amount of information. The type of information can change the direction of a person’s road for the better or worse.

The science of DNA manipulation is now within our not-so-distant future. Imagine the type of information stored in the instruments of the scientists involved with that technology. Maybe a hundred years from now, humans would have designer instruments. Like a grocery list, a person would jot down his or her offspring should be tall, athletic, intelligent, ambitious, creative, no illnesses, dark hair, and piercing blue eyes. These traits can be achieved today with the proper training and a little luck, but a hundred years from now these traits may be given to parents as a written guarantee.

Our instruments are designed to store a vast amount of information, and we’re getting better. To some, technology may sound scary. For this author, I’m hoping for cryogenics to be perfected in my lifetime. After a defrost from a few hundred years, my first words as soon as I step out of the capsule would be, “Look at me, I’m acting young.”

How’s your instrument?





Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. Richard Courant




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