But wasn’t this exactly where Sophie suspected Plato had made a mistake? How can a person who has never seen a real chicken or a picture of a chicken have some idea of a chicken? Which brings her to the second question: Do we have innate ideas? FIREFIGHTER BE STRONG BE BRAVE BE HUMBLE BE BADASS POSTER. It is unlikely, thought Sophie. She could hardly imagine a newborn baby equipped with ideas. Obviously, one cannot know for sure, because just because a baby can’t speak doesn’t mean that he or she has no idea in mind. But surely we must see things in the world before we can learn anything about them.