What we need is not the will to believe, but the will to find out.
One of the most astonishing experiences for a parent is watching a human mind develop before your eyes. From the moment of birth, babies are sponges, soaking in everything they can lay their senses on. Wonder is pretty obviously present from the beginning—just look at the eyes of a newborn. Light, motion, temperature, shape, noise, and a million other novelties rain down on the little brain in the first few minutes, and the eyes register a mix of dismay, confusion, and wondering.
So there’s wondering. But for questioning we’ll need words. By their first birthday, kids will often have a few usable ones; by eighteen ...