Human babies who see an adult use a tool in a particular way will learn how to use that tool themselves. And by imitating the babies’ actions, often with some grown-up variation, the grown-ups can show the babies what they ought to be doing. Imitation is an innate mechanism for learning from adults, a culture instinct. In fact, recent research suggests that most other animals don’t learn through imitation in this way.
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