Laure Vergeron Posted over 2 years ago Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? That idea of a longer childhood being better for intellectual development makes me wonder about a rather large number of things. Here are a few: -Quite a few teenagers now go spend a year (or more) abroad to study. But what they really go abroad for is affirm their independence, create their own social network, their own customs, their own life, separate from the one their educators provided them with... they will leave as young as 14, and, while this talk seems to suggest they would be limiting their potential for the future, I would think they become smarter, and grow up a lot in this (those) year(s)... anyone has got statistics on that and/or ideas? Where does "self-education" come to play? How much of a baby's learning is related to stimuli and how much is related to his own intrinsic qualities? How long does this baby thinking go on for? Why does is stop so early in some people (people with a rather down-to-Earth and to-the-point thinking pattern) and seems to never really stop in others (Einsteins and oher Mozarts?)? -Women tend to have fewer research positions and/or responsability-loaded jobs... could it be related to how they also tend to leave home younger than the men and also take up more household duties as they grow up? -What triggers outside-of-the-box thinking? Is it good to have an entire education system based on increasing attention spans when it seems that the most succesful people don't use that kind of thinking? Or do you need to be able to switch from one to the other? Thanks you!