Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Philosophical Baby

When George Bernard Shaw said that "some men see things as they are and ask why, others dream things that have never been and ask why not" little did he know he could have been talking about the development of babies.

New research shows that babies are aware of much more and with much much greater intensity than we have thought.  Alison Gopnik in her new book The Philosophical Baby: What Children?s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life explains that consciousness, contractual thinking and imaginative play all allow babies to explore alternative worlds and to see the world as it could be and to make plans to create that world. 

My conversation with Alison Gopnik:

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