pedomorphism


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pe·do·mor·phism

 (pē′də-môr′fĭz′əm)
n.
1. See neoteny.
2. The description of the behavior of an adult in terms more appropriate to the description of a child's behavior.

pe′do·mor′phic (-fĭk) adj.
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pe•do•mor•phism

or pae•do•mor•phism

(ˌpi dəˈmɔr fɪz əm)

n.
the retention by an adult organism of a juvenile or larval form.
[1890–95]
pe`do•mor′phic, adj.
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The trouble is scientific studies consistently show that humans are genetically pre-disposed to care for and respond positively to things that are "cute" through a mechanism known as pedomorphism. From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense for humans to have an inherent protective bias towards their young.
The locomotive engines, however, belong in both categories; their status as mobile tools, combined with the fact that they symbolize nostalgia for earlier, supposedly simpler times, makes them an ideal focus for Cox's argument, which parses out the implications of "pedomorphism"--the projection of childlike characteristics onto machines that otherwise appear to be adult--for how we understand children and childhood.
It's a mild, tractable animal because it has never grown up into savagery." Both novels thus imply that our most human qualities stem from "abnormal" deviations from ancestral "normality." Dystopia in Brave New World results from straightening the nonlinear dynamics of Bildung, reversing the "humanizing principle ot pedomorphism" (Drennan quoted in Montagu 1955,22).