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The little chair is not for sitting on.
thinking, perplexed
Here's an interesting article from Scientific American which discusses how young children start to develop an understanding of symbolism, starting with a memory experiment that turned out not to examine memory at all. See also Metafilter discussion here.

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I remember that when my youngest sister was little, she would try to put her foot in a toy shoe keychain!

That's a great article. Thanks for linking to it.

Reminds me of the famous pre-scientific (don't ask for dates) unintentional cogsci experiments with a young boy aged eight who was blind from birth. Cataracts, I think. Anyway - some super-primitive Lasik surgery was conducted on that kid, and - lo and behold - he could see! Well, during the child's recovery process, the doctors found that he could not make *any* sense of paintings, and could not correlate obvious two-dimensional symbols in paintings to real-world items - even simple geometrical shapes. It took the kid years to develop this skill, just as if he was a toddler. That child's name: Norman Rockwell.

J/K !

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