Alison Gopnik, DPhil, is an American developmental psychologist, philosophy professor, and author. She is well-known for her theories on childhood development, causal learning, and theory of mind.
Nearly every culture throughout history has used chemicals that alter consciousness for spiritual exploration. In the 20th century these drugs caught the attention of scientists. Psychedelics, as they were named, proved effective at treating intractable illnesses like depression and addiction.
In the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited.
UC Berkeley Professor Alison Gopnik’s keynote presentation at MoMiCon 2016: The “Parenting” Misconception: Why “Parenting” is a scientifically inaccurate and practically dubious way to understand the relations between children and the people who care for them.