Carleas wrote:This is what babies are doing to the world and to everything they find in it. They start from a place of much greater ignorance.
This seems particularly true for very young children. The right mix of random actions could mean faster acquisition of the building blocks of understanding, which could have significant long-term cognitive consequences.
A Shieldmaiden wrote:Have you ever seen a baby throw an object they were holding to the ground and watch as the adult dutifully picks it up and returns it to the baby.
The baby again throws the object to the ground (and most babies do this at a certain age) and the adult once again returns it to the baby.
What is the baby 'thinking'. HA!
Probably the same thing that a dog thinks when you throw a ball or stick, "Do it again .. Do it again .. hee hee.."
The question is, why to cats just look at you like your an idiot.
Carleas wrote:Yes, James, that's another point responsive to Incorrect that I neglected to mention: much of what babies do is random because they aren't good at doing what they intend to do. But as I mentioned in the OP, sometimes that randomness leads to important breakthroughs, by generating an unintended action which can them be reinforced or inhibited through positive or negative associations.
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