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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
“The reason for many of these abilities is that the young brain is remarkably flexible and, as the neuroscientists say, ‘plastic,’ with may more neural connections than the adult brain,” Gopnik writes in the Times. “What is it like to be a baby? I think babies may be more conscious than we are. At the least, they are conscious of more than we are. Adult consciousness is often compared with a spotlight, beaming in on just the relevant parts of the world around us. But baby consciousness is more akin to a lantern, illuminating everything.” In The Philosophical Baby, she puts it this way: “We sometimes say that adults are better at paying attention than children. But really we mean just the opposite. Adults are better at not paying attention. They’re better at screening out everything else and restricting their consciousness to a single focus.”