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This exciting book by three pioneers in the 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 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.

©1999 Alison Gopnik, Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl (P)2019 Tantor

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Too many generalities

Nicest way to say it - Not sure what I learned from this..
I’m interested in infant brain development, latest research on studies, etc. Maybe infant neuroscience is what i’m after, not this. Book felt like one long foreword.

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Common sense

The end of the book states that it’s not for scientists, which is true. This book is 98% common sense, 1% interesting, 1% new information.

I know that studying children and how they learn is important, and I’m sure these authors worked hard to present the material in an intersting way, but this was a meandering boring mess I can’t believe I listened to the whole thing, but once I start something I have to finish. I wasted a credit on this book.

...and if she says "fermiliar" instead of "familiar" one more time!

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narration does NOT work at all.

eeeeeek, narration does NOT work! it sounds like a commercial voice over. huge bummer! :( listen to a sample before you pay for this!!! you've been warned!

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  • 05-16-20

Extremely painful to listen to

I am only one hour into this audible book, but I find it an excruciating experience to listen to. It is as if because for the simple reason that there is a picture of a baby on the front cover the reader has decided to use what I can only describe as a 'baby voice', not a voice a baby would have but one the voice and tone that a person would use when speaking to toddlers and newborns. Listening to it is painful for my brain to process what is the actual underlying message, even though that message is I'm sure very interesting and worth learning. While some audible books I have listened to have clearly cast a reader who for one reason or another suits the subject matter, this book clearly misses the mark.