Penetrating insights into the developing mind of a baby.

This an important book for those interested in consciousness and how it might develop in the human brain. The closest we get to communication with beings that are experiencing the emergence of consciousness is the human infant. Gopnik is one of the world’s most experienced observers of infants and toddlers. As one might expect from a psychologist, the book is largely about inference from observed behaviour rather than about the neurological underpinnings. But that is one of its strengths. Any theory of consciousness obtained from neuroscience, the input, so to speak, must be consistent with the output, i.e. behaviour.

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