Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

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Basic Books, Apr 27, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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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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Review: Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

User Review  - Jstoutgator - Goodreads

Generally, I think the title is a bit misleading. It is not until the very last chapter that Bloom begins to tie the meditations and evidence of the book's content to the question of God's existence ... Read full review

Review: Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

User Review  - Kin Guan - Goodreads

Kingsley Amis: "It is no wonder that people are often so horrible; after all, they started off as children". Although it sounds awful to children (after all they are little cute walking creatures that ... Read full review

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Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His book How Children Learn the Meaning of Words won the Award for Excellence from the Association of American Publishers. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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