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From the PublisherSteven Pinker Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT, author of The Language Instinct and How the Mind Works John Bruer offers a voice of sanity, common sense, and genuine expertise to counter the latest fad from the witch doctors of child development. Nothing is more important than understanding the growth of children's minds, and Bruer insightfully reviews the state of the art with admirable clarity, balance, intelligence, and humor. This is an indispensable book for parents, professionals, and anyone else who is interested in the fate of our children.
Howard Gardner Harvard University, author of Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences John Bruer convincingly debunks current hype about brain research and learning. His careful discussion and eminently sensible conclusions should shame those who propose grandiose policies or issue dire warnings on the basis of scanty or ambiguous data.
Judith Rich Harris author of The Nurture Assumption A myth is still a myth, whether it has its roots in folklore or neuroscience. In this fascinating book with a very important message, John Bruer traces the myth of "zero to three" to its sources, reveals the flimsiness of its foundations, and shows how the purveyors of the myth, intending to do good instead do harm. Every parent of a young child should read it, rejoice, and relax.
Jerome Kagan Harvard University, author of Nature of the Child John Bruer combines a clear, gracefully written critique of the science cited to support the myth of infant determinism with a depth of wisdom that parents should be able to use every day.
Charles A. Nelson University of Minnesota John Bruer does a masterful job in making accessible what truly is and is not known about early brain development. In light of the current hype of making "superbabies" and building better brains, Bruer's book couldn't be more timely or important.
Robert J. Sternberg IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University This outstanding book is essential reading not only because it tells the truth about what neuroscience currently tells us, but also because it shows how even well-intentioned scholars confuse what they want with what actually is true. A true tour-de-force.
Jonathan R. Cole Provost and Dean of Faculties, Columbia University A brilliant, must-read book for anyone interested in the relationship between science, journalism, and public policy.