Nature's Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential

By David Henry F E Ldman; Lynn T. Goldsmith | Go to book overview
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11
Harnessing the Forces
of Co-incidence

IF WE ACCEPT that we are pieces in an evolutionary board game and that it is our task to learn how to play it better, then how should we go about doing so? To the extent possible we will need to learn how to understand and work with the processes of co-incidence to maximize both the chances that our species will survive and the probability that individuals will enjoy rich and satisfying lives; these are perhaps two sides of the same coin. The prodigy provides several hints about how the co-incidence process might be working; it is important to reflect on these, to see if they can provide the basis for more general understanding of the development of human ability. A fuller understanding of this process should allow for more conscious and deliberate efforts to harness the forces of co-incidence to better go about our business of raising children, developing cultures, providing opportunities for diversity and expression, and preparing for the future.

It should be clear that there is no way to harness totally the co‐ incidence process, for several of the forces contributing to the emergence and development of talent are beyond any individual's power to manipu

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