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The Scientist in the Crib

What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind

by Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, Patricia K. Kuhl

This exciting book by three pioneers in the new field of cognitive science discusses important discoveries about how much babies and young children know and learn, and how much parents naturally teach them.It argues that evolution designed us both to teach and learn, and that the drive to learn is our most important instinct. It also reveals as fascinating insights about our adult capacities and how even young children -- as well as adults -- use some of the same methods that allow scientists to learn so much about the world. Filled with surprise at every turn, this vivid, lucid, and often funny book gives us a new view of the inner life of children and the mysteries of the mind.

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Categories: Psychology & Mental HealthRelationships, Parenting & Personal DevelopmentScience

Reading time: 67 hours


Steve Jurvetson
Venture Capitalist

Let me start with the book I’ve gifted more than any other. It is Scientist in the Crib by Alison Gopnik. She’s a professor of developmental psychology at Berkeley. I basically give this book to any geek friend of mine about to have their first child, because it had such a wonderful influence on me.