This Ted talk with Alison Gopnik is great. I particularly love her description of being a baby as like being in love in Paris for the first time after drinking 3 double espressos!
I also find it interesting to think about the idea (based on research she mentions) that the longer the “childhood” the smarter the animal, and how that might relate to the trend toward “childhood” expanding into the twenties. It fits with the idea Ive talked about before that nowadays “adult” is a state where one is continuing to “develop” instead of being completed as it was thought of in the past.
Gopnik also talks about childhood being a time when your job is to learn and have ideas and adulthood being when you put what you learned into practice, Research and development vs production and marketing … its a great analogy.
At the end she proposes that if we want to be more like this, open minded, open creativity, then perhaps adults should think more like children. Another connection of children or “child-like” and being creative. It’s interesting to think about.