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Constant Sometimes Distant

If parents are the fixed stars in the child's universe, the vaguely understood, distant but constant celestial spheres, siblings are the dazzling, sometimes scorching comets whizzing nearby.

- Alison Gopnik

Young Asking Literally

Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.

- Alison Gopnik

Point One Of The Things

One of the things I say is from an evolutionary point of view: probably the ideal rich environment for a baby includes more mud, livestock, and relatives than most of us could tolerate nowadays.

- Alison Gopnik

Children See Exploration

Successful creative adults seem to combine the wide-ranging exploration and openness we see in children with the focus and discipline we see in adults.

- Alison Gopnik

Also Blank Brain

The brain is highly structured, but it is also extremely flexible. It's not a blank slate, but it isn't written in stone, either.

- Alison Gopnik

Some About Boyfriend

What we want in students is creativity and a willingness to fail. I always say to students, 'If you've never at some point stayed up all night talking to your new boyfriend about the meaning of life instead of preparing for the test, then you're not really an intellectual.'

- Alison Gopnik

Phone Calls Poorer Content

Texts and e-mails travel no faster than phone calls and telegrams, and their content isn't necessarily richer or poorer.

- Alison Gopnik

Some Very Deep

Young children seem to be learning who to share this toy with and figure out how it works, while adolescents seem to be exploring some very deep and profound questions: 'How should this society work? How should relationships among people work?' The exploration is: 'Who am I, what am I doing?'

- Alison Gopnik

Game About The History Of

Imagine if baseball were taught the way science is taught in most inner-city schools. Schoolchildren would get lectures about the history of the World Series. High school students would occasionally reproduce famous plays of the past. Nobody would get in the game themselves until graduate school.

- Alison Gopnik

Been Very Developmental

Putting together philosophy and children would have been difficult for most of history. But very fortunately for me, when I started graduate school there was a real scientific revolution taking place in developmental psychology.

- Alison Gopnik

Very Play Elaborate

Even the very youngest children already are perfectly able to discriminate between the imaginary and the real, whether in books or movies or in their own pretend play. Children with the most elaborate and beloved imaginary friends will gently remind overenthusiastic adults that these companions are, after all, just pretend.

- Alison Gopnik

Most Important Nature

Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.

- Alison Gopnik

Love Very Developmental

I'm afraid the parenting advice to come out of developmental psychology is very boring: pay attention to your kids and love them.

- Alison Gopnik

Think Some Dilemmas

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements.

- Alison Gopnik

Developmental Controlled

Developmental scientists like me explore the basic science of learning by designing controlled experiments.

- Alison Gopnik

More Often Fundamental

Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental.

- Alison Gopnik

Same Telegraph Exponential

The radio was an improvement on the telegraph but it didn't have the same exponential, transformative effect.

- Alison Gopnik

New Learn Learning

We learn differently as children than as adults. For grown-ups, learning a new skill is painful, attention-demanding, and slow. Children learn unconsciously and effortlessly.

- Alison Gopnik

Like Young Development

Babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species, and we grown-ups are production and marketing.

- Alison Gopnik

About Big Big Questions

I wanted to answer big questions about humanity, about how it is that we understand about the world, how we can know as much as we do, why human nature is the way that it is. And it always seemed to me that you find answers to those questions by looking at children.

- Alison Gopnik

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Forget Thought Never

Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.

- A. A. Milne

Thought Mine Based

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.

- A. E. van Vogt

Thought About Alive

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.

- A. E. van Vogt

Thought Method Well Known

It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning myself at this day with what appears at first sight and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling.

- A. E. Waite

Never Novelty Nuance

Substituting nuance for novelty is what experts do, and that is why they are never bored.

- Angela Duckworth

Men Torn Novelty

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

- Anthony Burgess

Other Novelty Virtual

With virtual reality, I'm not interested in the novelty factor. I'm interested in the foundations for a medium that could be more powerful than cinema, than theatre, than literature, than any other medium we've had before to connect one human being to another.

- Chris Milk

Thought Thoughts Remain

I do not find it easy to articulate thoughts about religion. I remain the sort of person who turns off 'Thought for the Day' when it comes on the radio.

- A. N. Wilson

Thought Everybody Waiting

Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It's like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration.

- A. R. Rahman

Thought Back Mostly

My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything which I want. And nobody limits me to one genre of music. But I learn from life and I try to give back to life, in a way, whether it's the thought of the song or whether it's the approach to the arrangement or anything.

- A. R. Rahman

Own Within Novelty

Now as a musician, if you have it within you, you can create your own reality. Believe me, it's a novelty.

- Chris Robinson

Maybe Comics Novelty

Maybe they're not 'books,' but 'Acme Novelty Library' and 'Eightball' are two comics I can't get enough of.

- Christopher McCulloch

Very Country Novelty

The biggest novelty of 2013 will be new leadership in China. Very little is known about the views of the new leaders - who will rule the country for ten years. But we do know they're the first generation of Chinese leaders who have spent the majority of their lives in a China 'opening up' to the rest of the world.

- David Miliband

Became Novelty Units

In 2009, novelty toymaker Maxfield & Oberton released Buckyballs, sets of curiously powerful magnetic marbles that became the most popular cubicle toy since the Rubik's Cube, selling more than 2 million units in 15 countries.

- David Sax

Like Very Sweetheart

I'm like Shrek. Shrek's a nice guy, but people keep alienating him, like they did with me in my younger life. I'm very loving and kind and generous - I'm a sweetheart!

- CeeLo Green

Been Very Intangible

I'm drawn to the unconventional because I've been drawn unconventionally. I believe that I'm supposed to topple over these false images of what's idealistically beautiful. Because, of course, these intangible qualities are very attractive to women. Sincerity. Sense of humor. Success.

- CeeLo Green

More Very Breaks

In a way, metafiction breaks down the story and makes it less real. But in another respect, by that very breaking down, it actually makes things feel more real than they would to begin with.

- James Gunn

Very Made Explain

It's very hard to explain to people who don't program, but the object-oriented programming system made programming the Mac and iPhone so easy.

- James H. Clark

Very Wife Sail

My wife's an Australian and a very competitive lady, and she wants to sail in Sydney-Hobart. I say, 'We have the boat, do as you wish.' I'll let her run the show.

- James H. Clark

Love Other Very

The majority of cats are very gregarious - they love each other so much; they enjoy living together and grooming each other.

- Celia Hammond

Love Very Play

There's a character I played in 'Love in a Cold Climate' - very like my mother. I asked if I could wear a man's shoes and hat to feed the chickens: all things from her. In fact, every part I play has got an enormous amount of her in it.

- Celia Imrie