Originally Posted by thyra
I have not read the continuum concept, but I don't think I need to remind you that not all ducklings survive to adulthood unscathed, nor do all squirrels avoid getting hit by cars.
Yes, EXACTLY! A lot of wild animal babies are eaten long before they reach adult hood. Some fall victim to human traps. Some are hit crossing the highway. And some, like the baby mice I didn't know where there, are hit by the lawnmower and killed. I'm pretty sure that's why many animals have multiple babies at once...with hopes that at least one survives.
And babies are born with instincts to survive by crying to avoid hunger, attaching to avoid abandonment, etc. There is no human DNA or gene that is preprogramed with the knowledge that running in front of cars can get you killed. Hence why my 16 month old routinely runs for the street at any given opportunity. Just like many human babies, including my own, try diving head first into the bathtub when she hears me turn on the faucet. She'll also attempt to rip the dog's fur out when clearly the dog is not enjoying it. She frequently attempts to reach up onto a hot burner. She'll attempt to jump off high stairs or the table. Man-made dangers are NOT pre-programmed into a child's dna to avoid. I'm pretty sure she needs me to help her figure out what is safe and what is not, unless it's something that is safe to let natural consequences teach her. She was born with the instinct to a) breathe to avoid oxygen deprivation, b) cry to avoid starvation, and c) use attachment behaviors to avoid abandonment. In a natural environment all over the world, babies are born with these instincts. But you can't convince me that American babies are born with the instinct to avoid American dangers (cars in the road, bathtubs, etc.), babies born in the jungle are born with the instinct to not be eaten by jaguars, and babies born in the desert are born with the instinct to not touch cacti.
ETA: And we just had a bonfire this weekend. Guess which curious little 16 month old thought it'd be real fun to continue to try to leap into it? Yep, mine. So, even if she was born with the instinct, she lost it soon after she learned to walk.
: And that's what the harnesses are for...babies who lost their survival instincts once curiousity and mobility took over.