Notable November 17 birthdays:

Lev Vygotsky ( 1896 - 1934 ), Belarussian psychologist, known for his work on psychological development in children: "What a child can do in cooperation today, he can do alone tomorrow...A mind cannot be independent of culture...The most significant moment in the course of intellectual development, which gives birth to the purely human forms of practical and abstract intelligence, occurs when speech and practical activity, two previously completely independent lines of development, converge...A child's greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action...Love can reach the same level of talent, and even genius, as the discovery of differential calculus...Somehow our society has formed a one-sided view of the human personality, and for some reason, everyone understood giftedness and talent only as it applied to the intellect. But it is possible not only to be talented in one's thoughts but also to be talented in one's feelings as well."

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