Monday, 10 August 2009

The Philosophical Baby

I've just reviewed Alison Gopnik's fascinating and provocative book, The Philosophical Baby, for the Guardian. Here's the first paragraph...
Like any proud father of a small baby, I seem to spend half my life staring into her eyes, wondering what she's thinking and feeling, trying to imagine how she experiences the world. Until fairly recently, scientists and philosophers would have told me that the answer was simple: I might as well stare at a pigeon, because babies are no more intelligent or profound than the dumbest animal. But, as Alison Gopnik explains in her inspiring new book, "there's been a revolution in our scientific understanding of babies" and we now know that, in many ways, "young children are actually smarter, more imaginative, more caring and even more conscious than adults".
You can read the full review here.