In an absolutely fascinating article in the Spring 2007 issue of DISCOVER presents THE BRAIN, Daniel Levitin, a professor of neuroscience and music McGill University in Montreal, provides some context to the absolute bliss that my two week old daughter Samantha is currently in:
"All infants are born in a state of psychedelic splendor similar to an acid trip. Sights and sounds and touches are all being activated together, and the infant can't tell what sensory organ they're coming from. It's only through maturation and experience that we learn to distinguish the inputs from the different sense organs."
If you can get your hand on a copy of the magazine, you should. There's tons of insights in the piece - from how newborns distinguish patterns to the role facial expressions play in human development. It's absolutely fascinating.
For now, little Samantha is enjoying the ride while it lasts.