Johnny Posted November 7, 2006 Share Posted November 7, 2006 Johnny, TOTAL context: the example I gave was of myselF: at the age of three, I began to draw, and it was as such to astound adults, placing me in a class of my own. I was an anomaly. So at the age of three, how much “time” do you think I spent on drawing to reach the level I was at—such as it was. More over, I didn’t have “demanding” parents, I loved to draw. It came to me naturally, and I was the local star. Hated and loved, in fact [but that's a different story]. Anyway, a definition of “child prodigy” does not mean 'countless hours at practice to hone a skill' or having 'demanding parents'. Why did you paint that in as if it were a given everywhere?? I said ages two and three--in drawing and music. Why do you need to clutter the cognitive landscape with all these other examples--just observe the astonishing phenomena of gifted children with natural talents? What is going on with these kids? VictorVictor I'm offering explanations for what makes someone a child prodigy. It's also hard to respond to anecdotal evidence you present because how can I objectively observe what you went through as a child and how you got to draw so well at an early age? I can't. I can only take your word for it. Which is why anecdotal evidence is not the best evidence one can give and is generally not terribly scientific. You're saying I'm cluttering up the cognitive landscape but I don't think I am. Occam's Rasor dictates we take the simplest explanation to explain the facts we observe. If child prodigy like Mozart spent all of this child hood since age 3 playing the piano, it is most certainly an observable fact that must fit into our explanations of reality. That we have no evidence that Mozart was born with any gene that gave him a gift for music does not conform to any logic or to the facts we can observe. But that we know hard work, dedication, and time well spent practicing almost always yields positive results, is a far more simpler explanation rather than a gene for music. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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