Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | September 5, 2022

If you are an autodidact, do you think you were born that way, or did you get so curious because of the environment you grew up in?

My answer to a question on Quora: If you are an autodidact, do you think you were born that way, or did you get so curious because of the environment you grew up in?

If you are an autodidact, what is the “actionable information” in an answer to this question? What will you change in your behaviour after receiving a definite answer “this was all nature” or “this was all nurture”?

But if you are a young parent of a child, I think it is my duty to you to say that I think that all children are born instinctive autodidacts, but this trait is usually destroyed in them by their upbringing in the family, school, etc.

In a parallel development, all children are born with natural abilities for mathematics, but by the age of 16 this gift is usually completely destroyed in them by the criminally bad mathematics education — this is why it is considered to be so rare and so precious.


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