As with most art, musical ability and talent is difficult to measure.
However, Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and co-director of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London, is using some interesting metrics to quantify an individual's musicality.
It's no secret that some of the greatest writers the world has known have also been some of the biggest drinkers. But is there a connection between the remarkable creativity of an Earnest Hemingway or John Cheever and the contents of their favorite bottle?
Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll from author Olivia Laing who tackles that question in her latest book.
We'll also spend an academic minute trying to find out why some things just make you laugh.