chapter  4
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The passion of Bob Cairns: creating developmental science

ByJAAN VALSINER

Development is a very difficult concept to handle by science. It is a process of sustained transformation that occurs everywhere. Galaxies and planetary systems develop-so do viruses and immune systems. Life has emerged-developed-out of non-organic materials; human beings have invented various tools to enhance and stop development-ranging from fertility amulets and kindergartens, to condoms and guillotines. We invent new devices-and reflect upon our creations in terms of the notion of development.