The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life
For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were
Good reminder that baby brains are different from those of adults. Little ones have what Gopnik calls "lantern consciousness" rather than the spotlight attention adults have. Everything is new and interesting and worth paying attention to, ...more
Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology at UC-Berkeley, and she has done her share of non-saccharine work. For example, she has published results on Bayesian networks. So, while she clearly finds babies interesting for all the normal adult-woman-and-mother kinds of reasons (and is not above using ...more
It took a while for me to get into the book. The title byline, "What children's minds tell us about truth, love and ...more
Once the psychological-industrial complex ...more
The Philosophical Baby explores the mind of children, newborn and up, by collecting, examining, and refuting previous theories and then offering new ones.