Although we may not be as smart as babies are, the new evidence suggests that we may be smarter than we sometimes think. The reason we don’t learn more may be exactly because we have already learned so much. The wiring we acquired in childhood literally as well as metaphorically tells us most of what we need to know, it works staggeringly well most of the time, and we are designed in a way that makes those successful programs difficult to change. Even as adults, however, when we face new problems, unexpected environments, or unusual inputs, we seem to be able to change the wiring once more.
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