Every now and then, I’m struck by the “Well… duh” discoveries science finally arrives at. My “Well… duh” relationship with science began early. As a child who enjoyed playing with fire, I discovered that putting ice or cold water on a burn worked great. Even so, the standard first aid treatment at that time was to put butter or some other salve on the burn. Some years later, this cold treatment became standard practice.
Obviously, I don’t know what I don’t know. I mean I can’t believe that I was the first to sense that cold would help soothe burns and even forestall blistering. So what gives? Who knows?
New research on infants provoked another “Well… duh” moment for me that I must comment upon. (Google [Infants, whether mice or human, love to be carried].) As my photos here show, I intuitively know infants need to be carried! The same no-brainer applies to infants sleeping with their mother or father. Such is simply healthy, natural primate behavior. I’ll add that this natural way makes life a whole lot easier for the parents as well. The photo below shows how we could hang our baby in his out-of-the-womb womb and let him gently sway. If parents simply conform to the natural primate model, their parenting job needn’t be the difficulty that many parents reportedly experience. Oh my, we certainly have strayed far from our natural ancestral model.
So, while science is by far the best means of myth busting we have, it certainly does have its weaknesses… human error being the major one!
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