What is it like to be a baby? By looking at recent research studies in children’s cognition, Alison Gopnik explores the nature of children’s consciousness, imagination, memory, moral reasoning, and sense of ‘self’. She demonstrates that recent findings refute old claims that children are irrational creatures, incapable of making moral judgments. Gopnik also suggests that human babies need the long time of dependency on their parents in order to learn as much as they can about the world and the minds of others. It is not a how-to parenting book, but it would certainly make a great read for any new parent who wants to know how children’s minds work.
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Published: Picador - July 6th, 2010