Take a tour through the latest and most amazing research in child psychology and come back with a better understanding of the strange things adults do. Bloom shows us how a first rate scientist integrates conflicting findings, broad scholarship and deep humanity to draw a nuanced and often surprising portrait of human nature, with all its beauty, horror and hope.
Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis
Just Babies is exactly the combination of penetrating insight, cutting-edge science, and elegant prose that readers have come to expect from one of psychology's best writers and sharpest minds.
Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
In Just Babies, Paul Bloom provides a wonderful, in-depth look at how our morality develops from infancy onward, making the strong case for the subtle interplay of genes and environment in the way we turn out - a must for social science enthusiasts and parents.
Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational
The Origins of Good and Evil is an ambitious subtitle, but this book earns it. Paul Bloom combines graceful, witty writing with intellectual rigour to produce a compelling account of how and why people are so wonderful and so horrible.
Robert Wright, author of The Moral Animal
Bloom, ever brisk and authoritative, generally focuses on how things are rather than on how developmental psychology might inform philosophy
John Whitfield, Nature
Tackles the moral claims of philosophy and religion, arguing that the natural selection of evolution instilled in us the foundations for moral thought and action
Paul Hopkins, Belfast Telegraph
[Bloom's] book is the latest to probe the scientific underpinnings of morality. But Bloom is a serious player, having conducted some of the field's notable experiments… In a lively, accessible style, Bloom also draws on research into adults from many societies
Shaoni Bhattarcharya, New Scientist
Sarah Johnson, Standpoint
[A] witty, elegant account... It may not be fashionable, but Bloom's sober stance at the frontier of the science of morality is much to be admired
Charles Fernyhough, Literary Review
Bloom has a talent for distilling scholarly work (his and others’) into accessible, appealing prose
Sara Sklaroff, Washington Post
A charming, informative odyssey through the world of contemporary developmental research
Carol Tavris, Times Literary Supplement
November 14, 2013
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