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

Descartes' Baby

How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

Paperback Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9780465007868
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

"Paul Bloom is an excellent ambassador for cognitive developmental psychology.... Descartes' Baby incorporates the most recent and provocative theoretical ideas in cognitive science." American Scientist "[Bloom's] prose abounds with lively examples from conceptual art, contemporary fiction and his own child-rearing observations. The result is a delightful and humane study that makes rewarding reading for those interested in cognitive psychology's broader implications." Publishers Weekly"

ISBN: 9780465007868
ISBN-10: 0465007864
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1