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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Absolutely! Poke your tongue out at a new born baby and the baby will imitate you, smile and she will smile back. Imitation is instinctive in our species, as in some others, but we are the only species that can teach our young to imitate cultural behaviours, including language. Our unique capacity for joint attention makes this possible. Successful imitation is cemented by praise, fixing the performance forever in the learner’s repertoire.

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