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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Babies Show a Clear Bias—To Learn New Things

Basically, we are born as autodidacts (self-learners). We enter the world with an innate and ravenous thirst for knowledge. To purposefully not seek knowledge is a cultural phenomenon. That is, during childhood we have to be taught that knowledge is wrong-girls don't need to know that, boys of our family don't go to college, etc. The messaging starts early and may be deliberate or insidious. For instance, how would you handle an inquisitive child while you're in the checkout aisle, arms full of groceries, other shoppers breathing down your neck impatiently and the cashier demanding you swipe your card again? Would you say, "child don't bother me!" Or, would you respond, "hunny, let mommy pay for this and I'll answer your question in the car"? From the child's perspective one may send the message that seeking knowledge is wrong while the other may send the message that seeking knowledge is encouraged but, in this instance, there may be a better time to do it. http://ift.tt/1VMjaZw
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD