We are all born scientists – by which I mean: we all start life using the Scientific Method.
What is the Scientific Method? I think of it as: make a guess; try to disprove the guess; assume the guess is true until it is disproved; be comfortable that the guess may be disproved in the future; and if disproved then make a better guess. Keep repeating this knowing that each guess is a better one.
A flat world worked well until it became round. A universe centred on the earth was logical until it started to spin around the Sun. And we now know that the Sun itself spins around a galaxy. And there are lots of galaxies. Each guess was fine at the time, and each subsequent one was an improvement. That’s progress.
And if you’re lucky then your first guess was correct.
Space Girl is a scientist. Some of her first guesses are good, but others need improvement.
Ones that were spot on were: sleeping through most nights; being happy and find silly things funny; and eating most things.
But others have been steady progress. How to get her stacking pots in the right order is still mostly trial and error. But she’s improved the method by starting with the biggest one and ending with the smallest one. It’s just the ones in-between that can cause trouble.
Then there’s her potty. We introduced her to it early – for familiarity only. She’s improved her guesses from: it’s an amusing hat; to it’s a comfortable seat; to it’s something to wee in while standing up; to weeing in while sitting down; to seeing if other things work as potties, like small tubs she’s just eaten her snack out of; to using her potty occasionally but preferring to wee in the bath; to preferring to wee in the potty, and getting out of the bath when needed; to it being somewhere to poo and then run; to it being somewhere to poo and helpfully remain seated until tended to.
Each step is a better guess.
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