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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465007868
ISBN-10: 0465007864
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Bloom

Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His book How Children Learn the Meaning of Words won the Award for Excellence from the Association of American Publishers. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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