293: A Little Bit of Knowledge

293: A Little Bit of Knowledge

Jul 22, 2005
Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little.
  • This American Life producer Alex Blumberg investigates a little-studied phenomenon: Children who get a mistaken idea in their heads about how something works or what something means, and then don't figure out until well into adulthood that they were wrong. Includes the tale of a girl who received a tissue box for Christmas, allegedly painted by trained monkeys. (13 minutes) Childhood

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Robert Stadler installation in St. Paul church, Paris. Image by Dominik.

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