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How do children learn so quickly? Bayesian statistics and probabilities help Nate Silver and kids. - Slate Magazine

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"But I think there’s something deeper involved. Bayesian inference depends on the balance between “priors,” the beliefs we bring to a problem, and data. As we get older our “priors,” rationally enough, get stronger and stronger. We rely more on what we already know, or think we know, and less on new data. In some studies we’re doing in my lab now, my colleagues and I found that the very fact that children know less makes them able to learn more. We gave 4-year-olds and adults evidence about a toy that worked in an unusual way. The correct hypothesis about the toy had a low “prior” but was strongly supported by the data. The 4-year-olds were actually more likely to figure out the toy than the adults were."

Reading and learning more about the probabilities of possibilities of young children (<5) being able to grasp and understand languages and mathematical concepts at an early age.

This is why belief is so powerful. It influences our ability to learn.

Ahh, like the senator on the house committee who does not believe in science?

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