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Which Ideas first is not evident.       §7. As there are some Ideas, which we may reasonably suppose
may be introduced into the Minds of Children in the Womb, sub-
servient to the necessities of their Life, and Being there: So after
they are born, those Ideas are the earliest imprinted, which happen to be the
sensible Qualities, which first occur to them; amongst which, Light is
not the least considerable, nor of the weakest efficacy. And how
covetous the Mind is, to be furnished with all such Ideas, as have no
pain accompanying them, may be a little guess’d, by what is ob-
servable in Children new-born, who always turn their Eyes to that
part, from whence the Light comes, lay them how you please. But
the Ideas that are most familiar at first, being various, according to
the divers circumstances of Childrens first entertainment in the
World, the order, wherein the several Ideas come at first into
the Mind, is very various, and uncertain also; neither is it much
material to know it.
Locke Hum II, 9, §7, p. 145