Are We Born With a Scientific Mind?

According to the findings of research conducted by Laura E. Schulz, assistant professor of cognitive science from MIT, the way children play and explore suggests that they believe cause-and-effect relationships in the world are governed by fundamental laws rather than by mysterious forces.

To be honest, I’m suprised that they’ve only discovered the connection now. Spending quite a bit of my life around toddlers, I’ve always been amused by how quickly they implement a systematic decision making process based on experience. Children seem to be born scientists. They look for patterns of similarities and structure their actions based on what seems (to them) would be the most favourable outcome… Not that I can confirm from my interviews with them, the toddlers seem to have a higher level language compared to us adults which is, sad to say, unintelligible to me.

Sad to see this skill seem to deteriorate as they get older. Even sadder to see are those who end up being politicians. Everybody knows that a requirement of being a politician is to defy logic and scientific approaches to overcome a problem and just choose what seems to be the most popular choice, regardless of how stupid it is.

3 responses to “Are We Born With a Scientific Mind?”.

  1. Dabido (Teflon) Says:

    ‘Sad to see this skill seem to deteriorate as they get older. Even sadder to see are those who end up being politicians. Everybody knows that a requirement of being a politician is to defy logic and scientific approaches to overcome a problem and just choose what seems to be the most popular choice, regardless of how stupid it is.’

    Too True. Too True!

  2. Shrutarshi Basu Says:

    I think the whole political/democratic system should be done away with and replaced by a meritocratic system where straight thinkers like scientists and technologists decide what to do.

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Dabido,
    Of course it’s true! Have I ever even lied before? 😉

    Basu,
    There’s a name for the ruling system you’ve just stated. It’s called a technocracy. Frankly, in this age and times, I’m in full agreement with what you’ve said. Refer to the last paragraph of this earlier post of mine.