Baby Talk

4 Dec

Last month I was travelling to Delhi with my daughter.

As we were being transferred via the transit bus to our aircraft, the bus came to stop in front of a plane.

Avni is all happy and excited to see the plane.

She looks at the plane, turns to me and says “Dada, look plane nose”

She then again points to the plane and says “Dada, look plane eyes”

After which she gazes at the plane with quizzical expression for some time, turns towards me and asks “Dada, where plane teeth?”

Is the human brain wired to see everything from a single lens or we train it to find a reflection of ourselves in all objects?
I wonder, is this the reason we are so disdainful & inhuman towards anything – animate or inanimate – which is not US?

5 Responses to “Baby Talk”

  1. sudip33 December 4, 2007 at 11:14 am #

    once i read in a book called “the art of looking sideways” that we try to look for human faces in everything. i always thought grown ups do because they are dumb, now i’m scared if avni is trying to do the same. there’s a problem with our race. we are so self obsessed.

  2. Idle Thoughts December 7, 2007 at 8:24 am #

    it is a natural instinct.

    we look for things familiar. hence the zodiac, and the man on the moon.

  3. featherbone December 13, 2007 at 7:16 am #

    really curious, though. what did you tell her?

  4. Fictitioustruth December 14, 2007 at 6:30 am #

    Actually there was no need for me to answer. She just said “dada plane mouth close” and then showed me the arms and the legs

  5. Red December 14, 2007 at 8:18 am #

    if she was first exposed to the concept “airplane cockpit windows” before being exposed to the concept “eyes”, perhaps she would have reversed the connection….pegging new info to what we already know is one of the most efficient ways of connecting the dots of life…its just a question of what we know first..

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