Book Review: Magical Child
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Synopsis ©1998 by Meryn G. Callander
Intense, intellectual, impassioned a former humanities teacher, as father of five children, Pearce's first reaction to the evidence he presents in the Magical Child was to shut it out because it led him to a position so at odds with current opinion about the child mind and human intelligence that he found himself at a loss to bridge the gap. He and his wife had raised their five the best they could and acted conscientiously "to a painful degree." It took him a long time to realize that they were not guilty, a point he emphasizes for us all. T his given, he aims to sketch a picture of a child's mind and nature's plan for intelligence, believing that what is at issue here is a biological plan for the growth of intelligence, a genetic encoding within us that we unwittingly ignore, damage, even destroy.
The existence of a genetic plan for the body's physical growth is apparent. Magical Child discusses a corresponding, beautifully coordinated plan for the development of intelligence. Pearce believes that the "mind-brain" is designed for astonishing capacities, that logical maturation would develop a utility, value, and ability almost beyond our imagination. He notes children in other parts of the world who display abilities far beyond our accepted norm, and asserts that the full development of intelligence requires acknowledging and cooperating with the biological plan. In so doing, we would find that most of our current problems with infants and children never materialize, for "our problems have been caused by ignoring nature's plan."
Pearce presents the biological plan for the development of intelligence as being based on a series of matrix formations and shifts. The matrix (Latin for womb) offers three things to a newly forming life: a source of possibility, a source of energy to explor