Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human
Basic Books, 2009 M04 27 - 288 pages
All humans see the world in two fundamentally different ways: even babies have a rich understanding of both the physical and social worlds. They expect objects to obey principles of physics, and they’re startled when things disappear or defy gravity. Yet they can also read emotions and respond with anger, sympathy, and joy.In Descartes’ Baby, Bloom draws on a wealth of scientific discoveries to show how these two ways of knowing give rise to such uniquely human traits as humor, disgust, religion, art, and morality. How our dualist perspective, developed throughout our lives, profoundly influences our thoughts, feelings, and actions is the subject of this richly rewarding book.
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Very very impressive. The basic story is the assumption that babies are born not just with innate baby physics, an intuitive understanding of how material object in the world should behave, but even ... Read full review
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In this thought-provoking book, Bloom (psychology, Yale Univ.) posits that children are natural dualists, instinctively understanding the world as divided into two categories: physical objects and ... Read full review
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