This is flexible, fluid thinking — children exploring an unlikely hypothesis. Exploratory learning comes naturally to young children, says Gopnik. Adults, on the other hand, jump on the first, most obvious solution and doggedly stick to it, even if it’s not working. That’s inflexible, narrow thinking. “We think the moral of the study is that maybe children are better at solving problems when the solution is an unexpected one,” says Gopnik.
And one dream is to use this new information to create an electric organ in a creature that doesn’t normally have one, says Lindsay Traeger, a biologist who works in Sussman’s lab.
"I definitely think that it’s a possibility in the future," says Traeger. "I’m not sure how far off it is, but it’s probably closer than we can imagine."
Maybe someday people could have little electric organs to power medical devices like pacemakers, she says, to do away with the need for invasive procedures to replace batteries.
Category-learning results in new functional circuits between these two areas, and these functional circuits are rhythm-based, which is key because that’s a relatively new concept in systems neuroscience.
Some people will tell you that the waltz isn’t just a dance. It caused a social revolution when it first became popular in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
When he was around 32 years old, Leonardo da Vinci applied to the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, for a job. The duke was in need of military expertise and Leonardo’s 10-point CV emphasized his military engineering skills:
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