Babies and emotion
Monday, 22 October 2018
This weekend I was delighted to receive a beautiful copy of Schadenfreude by Tiffany Watt Smith. It is not an Unbound book but it does have a close connection to my own project because Tiffany and I have compared notes as our various projects have progressed. Tiffany is an historian of emotions and a parent of young childen. She even brought her son to our lab to take part in one of our studies...…
Monday, 17 September 2018
Hello everyone (remember me?)
I am extremely happy to report that the manuscript for The Laughing Baby is now with my editor. It has been nearly two years since we launched the project and at least four years since I started planning the book. I had no idea it would take this long and I thank you for your patience. This is one of the toughest challenges I've faced. This was harder than my PhD and…
Life, the universe and Markov blankets
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Forty years ago today, on 8th March 1978, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on BBC Radio for the very first time. I personally first heard it 12 years later, but since that time it has remained my favourite comedy ever. To celebrate the birthday of this remarkable show, book, film, computer game here is a section from my book. This is from a chapter on boredom, surprise and why babies…
Life Lessons from Laughing Babies
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Back in July I was invited to give a TEDx talk in Bratislava. The title is supposed to be "Life Lessons from Laughing Babies" but they preferred Why Babies Laugh. The video is finally online so I thought I would share it with you. It was a nerve-wracking experience but hope you like the end result.
At the start of this year the book was about 25% funded and about 10% written. I…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Thank you everyone. With your help and generous support we've done it. We have just hit the 100% funding target which means the Laughing Baby is definitely happening. I have a big smile myself.
Even more exciting, part of the final lump of funding came from a German publisher who bought the German rights. This only happened because they saw that book had support from readers. That's the magic…
The Sound of Happy
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Chapter 13 is all about the magic of music. Ask any professional musician the secret of good music and they will tell you that above all else music is about communicating emotion. This seems to be no less true for babies. Music is a wonderful way to soothe a baby but happy songs and nursery rhymes provide some of the most reliable laugh & smiles.
This chapter examines some of the science behind…
Happy birthday to The Laughing Baby
Monday, 24 October 2016
Welcome to the blog. Here you'll find a bunch of snippets from the book and updates on how the project is going. A good place to start is at the beginning.
Here's the first few paragraphs of the very first chapter: I hope you like it.
Chapter 1 - What's so funny?
This baby is 7 seconds old & already delighted to be alive.
Laughter makes life worth living. It makes…