I have a cantankerous aunt who loves babies (but not many children or adults).
When my second daughter was born she was holding her at three days of age and
noted that the baby followed me with her eyes. Aunt Ardie said, "This is a
smart baby; she is keeping her eyes on her mom."That
"baby" later graduated the top of the statistics department at BYU, and
when she finished her masters in statistics she said it was one of the easiest
things she ever did. I don't know if Aunt Ardie was truly a baby expert or
if it was a good guess. I barely made it through introduction to statistics
myself so we can't blame heridity for the "smart" prediction.
Nan, since you refer to your Aunt Ardie in the past tense, it sounds like she is
no longer with us. Which is a shame, because it would be interesting to see what
she would have to say to Dr. Spelke. I suspect there are a lot of "baby
experts" like her out there with a huge amount of untapped knowledge. Thanks
Lyle, actually Aunt Ardie is just unable to do much with babies anymore, though
she might still be able to make an observation without carrying a baby around,
which she really enjoyed. She is 90. Her daughter-inj-law credits her with
saving her (daughter-in-law) when she was dealing with twin sons who had an
abundance of energy. A.A. would say they had mischief in their eyes, since they
acted on it later. I doubt she would go along with some of Dr. Spelke's
conclusions. It was an interesting article, though, and I agree that babies are
more aware than we might think.