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Re: [xmca] Origin of infant communication

This would be an excellent candidate for a book to be reviewed in MCA,
Larry. Are you volunteering?

On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:32 AM, Larry Purss <lpurss@shaw.ca> wrote:

> Avis and Mike and Martin [and others on the infant theme]
> What are the origins of infant engagement? I  want to give some ideas from
> Vasudevi Reddy. She writes
> "A second-person approach [being addressed by a YOU] seems not only explain
> infant behavior better than either a first person {I position} or a third
> person "spectator" approach. It also changes the lens through which we
> PERCEIVE the problem of other minds that is expressed in much of the
> developmental literature. [that is, as a spectatorial process of observation
> of mere behavior across a gap]  The important difference between a 2nd
> person approach and a 1st person approach is that the emphasis here is NOT
> on recognition of the SIMILARITY to self of other peoples acts, but,
> crucially, of the EXPERIENCE of a RECIPROCAL RESPONSE to the others acts.
> The gap between minds becomes hard to find in this re-embodiment and this
> re-embedding.
> Infants are capable of entering into dialogue [recognition and response]
> with other people remarkably early in life. {I would add this dialogical
> process EXPERIENCED recognition and response continues to INFORM
> communication throughout the lifespan}.
> Reddy points out many philosophers take this 2nd person perspective [or
> lens]: W. James called it "being noticed", Bahktin, the recognition of an
> "answering consciousness", Hegel, the awareness of recognition, and Buber,
> the experience of the I-thou relation.
> This 2nd person concept refers to more than just "interpersonal
> attraction", more than just a recognition of a SIMILARITY of another person
> to the self, and more than just an INFERENCE from observation of movements.
> THE YOU is radically implicated in a 2nd person stance.
> Larry
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