Tonight’s Netflix suggestion: “The Science of Babies”!
6:50pm: Fantastic. I had no idea this existed. With a title like “The Science of Babies”, I expect a 3 year neonatalogy fellowship condensed down to 30 minutes. Do not disappoint me, Netflix.
6:51 WILL SOMEONE PLEASE PICK UP THIS POOR CHILD.
6:55: … No? No one? We’re still narrating things over a lonely baby?
Correction! A lonely, CRYING baby.
7:00: “A human will likely take over 6 million breaths in a lifetime. But the first is by far the most difficult – AND DANGEROUS.” Shit is getting real.
7:05: “Two thirds of baby deaths occur in the first month – a rate not equaled again until the 7th decade of life.” Poor babies!
7:07: “A newborn’s vision is cloudy, and therefore limited to about 12 inches.” POOR BABIES.
7:10: “Babies know intuitively to hold their breath under water.” Poor ba- wait, what?
And then there was a bunch of stuff about neurons and synaptogenesis and synaptic pruning, which is all well and good, except facebook. (Don’t worry, I periodically checked back into the Netflix tab to see if anyone ever picked up the crying theater baby.)
7:30: (They didn’t.)
I don’t think I got a neonatology fellowship out of this, so in that sense, the documentary was a disappointment. However, a counterpoint:
… I think the counterpoint wins.