Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. --Alison Gopnik

Why Adults Lose the Beginner's Mind

Why Adults Lose the Beginner's Mind

Dec 27, 2021-- "We spend so much time and effort trying to teach kids to think like adults. A message of Gopnik's work and one I take seriously is we need to spend more time and effort as adults trying to think more like kids." This wide-ranging conversation between Ezra Klein and psychology professor Alison Gopnik discusses how children think, the value of play and the pivotal difference between 'spotlight' consciousness and 'lantern' consciousness, as well as the impact of different types of meditation on the brain and more. (4185 reads)


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Take ActionIn "Vulnerable yet Vital" Gopnik makes the case that, "The dance of love and lore between grandparent and grandchild is at the centre, not the fringes, of our evolutionary story." You can read the essay here. [more]



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