Talk:Jean Piaget

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Is this really Piaget?[edit]

I saw the following attributed to Piaget: "Intelligence is not what you know, but what you do when you don't know. " Can someone verify it and give a source? it means dat if u dont know something u have all knowledge.


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  • During the earliest stages, the child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions.
  • During the earliest stages of thought, accommodation remains on the surface of physical as well as social experience.
  • It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.
  • Only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual.
  • Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and from the point of view of genetic epistemology, is to explain how the transition is made from a lower level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher.
  • Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next.
  • Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process.
  • The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly.

Sourced; to be integrated[edit]

Since it's kind of late here (I'm sorry!), and I don't know how the workings here, here is a quote I've found on

Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves, and each time that we try to teach them something too quickly, we keep them from reinventing it themselves.

Time magazine’s special issue on "The Century’s Greatest Minds," page 105, March 29, 1999.