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Alison Gopnik

American,  Psychologist
Total Quotes : 72
Young Asking Literally

Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.

- Alison Gopnik

Nature Important Most

Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.

- Alison Gopnik

Young Development Like

Babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species, and we grown-ups are production and marketing.

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Young Protected Immaturity

From an evolutionary perspective children are, literally, designed to learn. Childhood is a special period of protected immaturity. It gives the young breathing time to master the things they will need to know in order to survive as adults.

- Alison Gopnik

Sometimes Constant Distant

If parents are the fixed stars in the child's universe, the vaguely understood, distant but constant celestial spheres, siblings are the dazzling, sometimes scorching comets whizzing nearby.

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Learning University Had

What, of course, we want in a university is for people to learn the skills they're going to need outside the classroom. So, having a system that had more emphasis on inquiry and exploration but also on learning and practising specific skills would fit much better with how we know people learn.

- Alison Gopnik

Rest Shut Surrounding

As adults, when we attend to something in the world we are vividly conscious of that particular thing, and we shut out the surrounding world. The classic metaphor is that attention is like a spotlight, illuminating one part of the world and leaving the rest in darkness.

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Play Very Elaborate

Even the very youngest children already are perfectly able to discriminate between the imaginary and the real, whether in books or movies or in their own pretend play. Children with the most elaborate and beloved imaginary friends will gently remind overenthusiastic adults that these companions are, after all, just pretend.

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My Own Own Still

I've had three of my own children and spent my professional life thinking about children. And yet I still find my relation to my children deeply puzzling.

- Alison Gopnik

Mother Play Actually

Because we imagine, we can have invention and technology. It's actually play, not necessity, that is the mother of invention.

- Alison Gopnik

Game About The History Of

Imagine if baseball were taught the way science is taught in most inner-city schools. Schoolchildren would get lectures about the history of the World Series. High school students would occasionally reproduce famous plays of the past. Nobody would get in the game themselves until graduate school.

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Think Very Certainly

Animals are certainly more sophisticated than we used to think. And we shouldn't lump together animals as a group. Crows and chimps and dogs are all highly intelligent in very different ways.

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Will Means Becoming

Becoming an adult means leaving the world of your parents and starting to make your way toward the future that you will share with your peers.

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Been Very Developmental

Putting together philosophy and children would have been difficult for most of history. But very fortunately for me, when I started graduate school there was a real scientific revolution taking place in developmental psychology.

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Children Exploration See

Successful creative adults seem to combine the wide-ranging exploration and openness we see in children with the focus and discipline we see in adults.

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Brain Blank Also

The brain is highly structured, but it is also extremely flexible. It's not a blank slate, but it isn't written in stone, either.

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Song Still Though

The ancient media of speech and song and theater were radically reshaped by writing, though they were never entirely supplanted, a comfort perhaps to those of us who still thrill to the smell of a library.

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Point One Of The Things

One of the things I say is from an evolutionary point of view: probably the ideal rich environment for a baby includes more mud, livestock, and relatives than most of us could tolerate nowadays.

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Childhood Paradoxical

Childhood is a fundamental part of all human lives, parents or not, since that's how we all start out. And yet babies and young children are so mysterious and puzzling and even paradoxical.

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Deep Very Some

Young children seem to be learning who to share this toy with and figure out how it works, while adolescents seem to be exploring some very deep and profound questions: 'How should this society work? How should relationships among people work?' The exploration is: 'Who am I, what am I doing?'

- Alison Gopnik