Baby Born Talking—Describes Heaven
anything but sing God's praises. I tried to get off the delivery table
to kneel down and pray, but the nurses wouldn't let me."
Scientists, of course, cannot take such reports at face value;
important finding must be replicated. A replication of the Corsican
miracle, this time from Taranto, Italy, occurred on October 31, 1989,
(a strong believer in recycling) ran the headline "BABY
Infant's words prove
reincarnation exists." A related discovery was reported on May 29,
1990: "BABY SPEAKS AND SAYS: I'M THE REINCARNATION
OF NATALIE WOOD." Then, on September 29,
1992, a second
replication, reported in the same words as the original. And on June
8, 1993, the clincher: "AMAZING 2-HEADED BABY IS PROOF
OF REINCARNATION. ONE HEAD SPEAKS ENGLISH—THE
OTHER ANCIENT LATIN."
Why do stories like Naomi's occur only in fiction, never in fact?
Most children do not begin to talk until they are a year old, do not
combine words until they are one and a half, and do not converse in
fluent grammatical sentences until they are two or three. What is
going on in those years? Should we ask why it takes children so long?
Or is a three-year-old's ability to describe earth as miraculous as a
newborn's ability to describe heaven?
All infants come into the world with linguistic skills. We know
this because of the ingenious experimental technique (discussed in
Chapter 3) in which a baby is presented with one signal over and
over to the point of boredom, and then the signal is changed; if the
baby perks up, he or she must be able to tell the difference. Since
ears don't move the way eyes do, the psychologists Peter Eimas and
Peter Jusczyk devised a different way to see what a one-month-old
finds interesting. They put a switch inside a rubber nipple and hooked
up the switch to a tape recorder, so that when the baby sucked, the
tape played. As the tape droned on with