Kids say the darndest things! They grow up a little, and before you know it, they're squatting over the bricks in the backyard, waxing philosophic about an ant's cosmological consciousness and the possibility of other worlds. So silly, these youngsters.
Washington, D.C., resident Zia Hassan was picking up his fiancee from a babysitting gig when he got caught in a conversation with one of her young charges. His fiancee told him the 9-year-old boy was "interested in cosmology," so Zia jokingly asked him a few questions about dark matter, intelligent life and free will.
What followed was a tangent that would make even the most high-falutin' coffee house academics blush.
We can debate the merits of squirmy kid geniuses all day, but for Zia, the real question was, how did this little kid get his hands on such big ideas?
"I've gotten lots of questions about how they've raised [their kids]," Zia wrote to NPR's Robert Krulwich. "I don't think they have a particular method or anything like that. They're both excellent human beings and they treat their kids as if they're intelligent young people, and not children who couldn't possibly understand how the world (or universe) works."
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