The Philosophical Baby, What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life

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Interesting and thought-provoking.

Alison Gopnik provides details about the latest scientific research and philosophical ideas on consciousnesses; as experienced by children under the age of 5. Children have long been thought to be “dumb adults”. However, as the author points out, recent research has debunked this as pure myth.

As a parent, I found the information captivating. The author presents the information well, in a way that’s easy for someone who isn’t in science or academia to understand.

I have a few criticisms:

I wasn’t a fan of the voice actor. She sounded robotic, at times. Annunciation was clear and she was easy to understand, however she didn’t sound natural.

The book seemed repetitive in the beginning. The author emphasized how children’s thinking was different than adults multiple times over; I felt like that wasn’t necessary. So if you listen to it, I’d recommend putting the first few chapters on 1.5 speed.

Overall, the book was good. I recommend it.