Posts tagged ‘learning’


Babies Are Born Scientists

Very young children’s learning and thinking is strikingly similar to much learning and thinking in science, according to Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Gopnik’s findings are described in the Sept 28 issue of the journal Science. She spoke about her work in a video briefing with NSF. New research methods and mathematical models provide a more precise and formal way to characterize children’s learning mechanisms than in the past. Gopnik and her colleagues found that young children, in their play and interactions with their surroundings, learn from statistics, experiments and from the actions of others in much the same way that scientists do.

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Bringing science to the people

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This kind of reaching out to the public, the laymen, the joggers and dog walkers, about science and how fantastic and cool it really is it a large part of why I want to go into science writing. I have an ever increasingly broad and occasionally detailed knowledge of how the universe works, and I believe that that puts me in a position to be a better thinker, citizen, and communicator in my everyday life. My goal is to spread and instill an appreciation for science to a larger audience with the hope that it will not only improve their lives but also the ones of the people around them.