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Goo Goo Ga Ga

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Babies are known to babble which is considered a form of language due to the fact that they are producing a sounds like words. Babies begin to use babbling around 4-6 months old. This is when they say things such as ga goo da ma pa etc. It has been stated in our textbook that the babbling does not have meaning until it is a word, but I now question whether or not a baby's babble has meaning after watching this video.
This video shows to twin babies babbling to each other and laughing. They use extralinguistic language by using gestures with their hands and fluently babbling to each other and showing reactions such as laughing after each "babble sentence". The babbles even have a pitch difference as if they are actually communicating with each other. I believe babbling is a language that just babies can understand, especially in this case in the video where the babies are twins. Twins are known to have a bond and a language of their own, cryptophasia. This language between twins has been said to be caused by language delays in the production of language center, Broca's area. The Wernicke's area is the center for language comprehension. These both play off each other for babies producing words. Babies are known to comprehend words before produce them, such as how they listen when their name is called. They understand and comprehend (in this case in the video) and also produce sounds showing an intelligent insight. This viral video really precisely captures two twin babies having a conversation with each other. Sometimes science is falsifiable, and we must use critical thinking Occam's Razor to simply find what is happening to be true. These twins are having a conversation, and there I have no doubt about it.
Waking up on a couch downstairs when you had went to sleep in your bed upstairs is a frightening sensation. Sleep walking, is the act of movements and walking while one is asleep, unconscious of the fact that they are. Most common in children, "15-30%" (Mahowald & Bornemann, 2005) do indeed sleep walk occasionally. Adults as well sleep walk, "4 to 5%" (2005). But, should sleepwalking be a legal cause for murder? 697CB-sleepwalker.jpg

I myself have been a sleepwalker, only once though! One time, I did exactly as what I described earlier. I went to bed just like normal like every night, had not done anything different that day and woke up early the next morning to find that I was on the couch in our living room, down a flight of stairs sprawled out on the couch. When I woke, I figured that my mom had carried me downstairs for some odd reason, but this was not true. When my mom came downstairs that morning I asked her why I was on the couch and she replied, "I have no idea!" I unconsciously walked down stairs and lay on the couch, who knows what else I might have done. It is extremely creepy to think that you can be doing things with out any memory.
Some criminal cases blame sleepwalking as their excuse for such things as murder, like this case, where a man and his wife were on vacation and he supposedly unconsciously killed her by stabbing her, breaking her jaw wrists etc. and hitting her in the head with a flower pot. The defendant was found guilty, as he should be. "McCall, Smith, & Shapiro" case found in our psychology textbook that a man drove 20 miles, removed a tire iron and killed his mother-in-law and seriously injured his father-in-law. The man was found innocent! I find that very unjust and should be looked into for replicability and falsifiability. Can that case be repeated and is their proof that this is a true claim? More evidence that there is a correlation between sleeping and violence needs to be given to prove that such cause can be used as legal blame.

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