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Demon Babies (Seriously, Soulless Babies)

The Stoics thought the soul came when the fetus was exposed to cool air, although the potential was present at conception. So if your baby was born in the hot noontime, he or she wouldn’t be a human until it cooled down around dusk. Plutarch and Tertullian both ridiculed that idea because babies born in hot climates or in warm rooms were certainly alive.

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    so basically babies born in the south in the summer were all demons. good to know.
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