My book describes research with young children in which a “duplicating machine” is used to replicate their beloved objects, such as Teddy bears and security blankets. We find that the children tend to reject perfect duplicates, consistent with the idea that they see their original objects as possessing distinct and unique essences. Now, adults wouldn’t believe in a duplicating machine, but a similar methodology could be used to study the subtleties of male sexual and romantic desire.
And add some Freud from Beyond the Pleasure Principle. Or some “difference and repetition”? Derrida on the “trace”? And empirically, do the kids know that these are duplicates?
Also, speaking the past posts about children and labs (separately), let me take a stand against taking away kids’ favorite teddy bears to see if they’ll cry…