Saturday, June 23, 2007

So old, yet so young

We're all contradictory to some extent. Sometimes the contrast is very interesting. Case in point is ds#1 (who is 11 years old).

In the car a few days ago, he was noting that Science News, unlike, say, Scientific American, rarely has articles written by the person who did the actual research. He said that he likes Scientific American better because the articles are more in-depth, not just summaries as in Science News, and are authored by the primary researcher or research team. I'll bet less than 10% of the 11 year old population in the United States can tell you these facts, bothers to think about them, or even knows either of the magazines.

Then that night when I went through his bedroom, I noticed, on the floor, the current book that this same kid is reading. It was The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter.

I find it very cute that the same child who completed a bird biology course from Cornell University before the age of 11 still likes to read about Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)