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We All Start Out As Scientists, But Some of Us Forget


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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

I knew it. I peaked at eighteen months.

 

Up until fairly recently, scientists, writers and philosophers alike have viewed human babies as little more than primitive adults. Through love and attention, babies were to be shaped into autonomous thinkers—like us. It was almost as if their brains were like new computers, whose software we needed to install over time.

 

But in the past few decades, explains University of California-Berkeley psychologist Alison Gopnik, science has turned this view on its head. Not only are babies' brains structurally quite different from those of adults, but they also function in a way that makes them better than adults at learning new things. In other words, babies seem to be specially designed for exploration and finding out how things work. They're little scientists…at least, that is, until those exploratory habits get replaced over time by less flexible thinking styles.

 

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/11/inquiring-minds-alison-gopnik-baby-einsteins

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

Kind of makes sense really when you think about it, out best learing years are our younger ones, our ability to retain new knowledge and adjust to change gets harder as we progress (can we call it that?) through life.

 

I was writing computer programs (in assembly not BASIC) when Eleven years old, just had an 8bit computer of the era and a book from the library, now I struggle to take on the newer programming languages (but I refuse to give up.... just yet).

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