Magical Thinking

From the Wall Street Journal, a story linking imagination to an understanding of the “real world” (so-called):

Is the Tooth Fairy real? How about the garbage man? Those questions may seem trivial, but how young children answer them is an important indicator of cognitive development.

For years, make-believe play was thought of as a way for children to escape from reality, and once they reached a certain age, it was believed they would push fantasy aside and deal with the real world. But, increasingly, child-development experts are recognizing the importance of imagination and the role it plays in understanding reality. Imagination is necessary for learning about people and events we don’t directly experience, such as history or events on the other side of the world….

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703344704574610002061841322.html”>http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703344704574610002061841322.html

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