The Remarkable Intelligence of Infants
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik has been in a very small minority among her fellow philosophy scholars; for one, she’s woman, but more importantly, she is convinced that philosophers were doing themselves a disservice by ignoring the importance of babies in our searches to the answers to humanity’s big questions. Gopnik sat down with Big Think to talk about how exactly you go about studying the minds of young children, and what they have taught her about child-rearing, education, love, and more. She even gives us all a great excuse to run off to Paris with a lover and drink double espressos at a cafe.
As it turns out, caffeine and travel are two of the best techniques to experience the world as an infant does; though this may not sound to desirable, infants are in fact more effective than adults at experience simultaneous sensations and making creative connections.
Gopnik also explains how little league baseball teams demonstrate a much better understanding of children's development than classrooms, and explains how schools should change to meet the needs of young minds.
And if you think Gopnik had an easier time raising her kids because of her developmental psychology background, you're wrong. She told Big Think why.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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