Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/science/zeal-for-play-may-have-propelled-human-evolution.html

…children, like adventurous scientists in a lab, will try these wild ideas anyway, because even if they fail, they often produce interesting results.

Alas, Dr. Gopnik said, this trait peaks around 4 or 5. After that, we gradually take less interest in seeing what happens and more in getting it right. … and today’s mindless frenzy of testing only makes it worse

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