Lego Minimalism


Children’s understandings of the essential are often sound.

As I’ve been absorbing more Lego culture, I’ve become interested in how to capture the essential elements of an object in a model. From experience we carry some of these essentials in our minds. For example if I say to you ‘chair’, you form an image of a chair in your mind. It probably is an object for humans to sit on, likely it has a back and four legs.

Young children’s play and conversation is busy with learning the classification rules that build up this a posteriori knowledge. A baby may form the rule that all animals are ‘cat’ but then this rule is refined as they use it and are corrected.

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