Day#341: The Gardener and the Carpenter

Day#341: The Gardener and the Carpenter

Hey Researchers today I want to talk about something that continuously peaks my interest and that is evolutionary psychology. I’ve read books books and articles on self esteem and how it is influenced by the way parents treat their children. And this post will be on the Gardener and the Carpenter theory by Alison Gopnik. I first heard about Alison Gobnik on Hidden Brain the podcast that I have been listening to tirelessly everyday. Everyday I wake up and my morning routine comprises of me getting ready and me listening to Shankar Vedantam. Shankar interviews Alison Gobnik on her research around this theory, and it goes like this. Basically the carpenter creates a product from his skill set and own accord, he can 100% decide on how he wants to product to look and feel. The Gardener however can use all their efforts, however has outside factors which are outside of their control, they almost have watch from afar approach with certain aspects, and hope for the best. This is how it is explained in the podcast, furthermore I then found an amazing talk by Alison Gobnik on Youtube which I will share below. Alison Gobnik did this talk at Google, I often am so jealous of the amazing people the Google staff get to see live at their offices. 

What I found interesting is how the two groups are defined you will find that in the podcast, where Alison Gobnik discusses how children from Carpenter households tend to struggle a bit more with coming up with solutions on their own, this would stem from parents who constantly give them solutions and do not allow the child to come up with solutions on their own. Where as the children from gardener households ted to problem solve a lot easier. Something else I found interesting was that children from the Carpenter families tended to show signs of being highly successful individuals, where as the children from gardener families tended to be more well rounded and more stable mentally. In the talk above one of the Google staff members asks how learning disabilities are taken into account, and if Alison Gobnik has done any research into that, I really like how she brings up that children are just wild and have short attention spans in reality and that drugging children from such a young age is a recipe for disaster. I also think that often children are medicated, because teachers and parents simply don’t know how to deal with the child’s behaviour. 

Above is another talk by Alison Gobnik, here there is some similar content to the one that she did at Google, however some parts I didn’t mention above should be noted before I end off. The topic of birds, and mentioning how smart certain birds are, that is so fascinating that certain birds are using tools to obtain food. All in all I do think that babies are amazing in the amount of information they can take in and how much they learn. You often hear people saying how young children learn languages much easier, that would be interesting to see if there is any definitive research done on this. I also wonder if this topic of the gardener and the carpenter can be taken into the corporate context of how management treats employees. Happy researching until next time.

Bye for now

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