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The Philosophical Baby

Listen: Alison Gopnik on Talk of the Nation (Duration: 29:47)
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Alison Gopnik on Talk of the Nation

Alison Gopnik, author of The Philosophical Baby, dug into the long-avoided question about what's going on in little ones' noggins. Psychologists have long thought of babies as incomplete adults, but Gopnik thinks they're smarter than we think, and even, in many ways, more intelligent than adults.

Duration: 29:47
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Alison Gopnik on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Baby Thoughts: Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, talks about her new book The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life

Duration: 21:32
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Alison Gopnik on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny

Alison Gopnik joins us in studio to discuss her new book, The Philosophical Baby. It's an in-depth study of the nature of infants' learning abilities.

Duration: 51:59
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Gopnik discusses the importance of children’s early imagination, children’s consciousness, and children’s ideas about love and morality. The way they play, pretend and explore are actually part of the most profound and fundamental aspects of human nature.

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Alison Gopnik on The Colbert Report

Alison Gopnik says babies are already as smart as they can be and have incredibly powerful ways of learning about the world.

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