Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

May 10, 2004

Babies are born with inherent knowledge in two areas: the physical and the emotional. They are surprised when things disappear or defy gravity; they are able to read emotions and react with their own. Today on Focus, we're joined by psychologist Paul Bloom. He'll talk about how these two methods of thought give rise to the traits that we consider most uniquely "human," from humor to art to religion.

Guest: Paul Bloom (Professor of Psychology at Yale University; author of Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human)