smallbeasts (smallbeasts) wrote,

White Noise

It's well documented that babies like white noise, and we've found that Jessica will fall asleep instantly if we turn on a hairdryer. What we're lacking is a really good theory. Some people claim that the sound reminds babies of the womb, but if wombs sounded as loud as a hairdryer, surely we could hear them from the outside. I think it's time this problem was handed over to evolutionary psychology, because as we know, evolutionary psychology can explain all human behaviour.

My initial suggestion: the babies are not content, instead they are keeping quiet so they don't attract the attention of the saber-toothed tiger they can hear breathing nearby.  Does anybody have a better idea?

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