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There is nothing the baby would not take into his mouth. His tongue licks everything, whether alive or dead (should the baby know the difference, he does not care). Tongue and saliva investigate the world. The intensity of this investigation will be forever unsurpassed. No sense organ, no thought, no device comes close to where the tongue (with innocent pleasure) advances. We are witnesses of these investigations, but we learn nothing of their results. Perhaps the nature of our baby’s activity lies in investigation itself, which precludes any result. And that may be the source of our great reluctance to use our tongue in the way babies use it (a stage we’ve left behind, we smartly conclude). But perhaps it is also the source of our great delight in entrusting language to our tongue, for this corruption of the tongue’s proper activity (we believe) will never be noticed.