Miller, G. Spontaneous apprentices
George A. Miller. Spontaneous apprentices: children and language
Series: Tree of life
As a unifying metaphor, Spontaneous apprentices takes its title from experiments Dr. Miller describes throughout the volume in regard to the acquisition of language by children. This process, it becomes clear, flows from a freely entered upon an apprenticeship in which children learn much more than adults could consciously teach them. So likewise, science must become openly receptive – even childlike – toward nature and recognize the importance of the ostensibly “insignificant”. The real course of knowledge is not a succession of revolutions bur hard work carried on with normal human passions and confusions intended to reduce the number of alternative views of the universe a rational person might subscribe to.
At once an autobiography of “research in progress” and a philosophical statement, Spontaneous apprentices reveals insights in understanding which science and society will need for decades to come.
The Rockefeller University, "Miller, G. Spontaneous apprentices" (1977). RU Authors. 118.