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Although they can't tell us about it, infants can reason

3 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Kids can tell when something's not right.
Does language, by providing a way to symbolize and communicate our thoughts, enable us to reason? Or are inference, deduction, and other forms of logical reasoning independent of our ability to put words to them? It's hard to figure out whether babies can think, given they can't tell us. Which makes separating language from reasoning even harder.
Ernő Téglás, at the Babylab in Budapest, researches “how infants acquire the conceptual sophistication necessary for abstract combinatorial thought involved in everyday reasoning.” His team has...
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