A fairly strong argument can be made that a certain degree of human interaction and social integration is actually necessary for human beings to fully develop, in light of such facts.
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The Effect of Human Contact on Newborn Babies | LIVESTRONG.COM
The Experience of Touch - Research Points to a Critical Role - NYTimes.comInfants who are touched gently on a regular basis gain weight and grow at better rates than babies who lack this contact. They also spend less time in the hospital after birth and have fewer medical complications in their first year of life.
and that's just the effect of touch. Humanity is a social creature that needs to be around others to thrive, grow, and basically exist in any healthy way (in most cases, there are a few true loners out there, but they are really rare)Touch is a means of communication so critical that its absence retards growth in infants, according to researchers who are for the first time determining the neurochemical effects of skin-to-skin contact.
The new work focuses on the importance of touch itself, not merely as part of, say, a parent's loving presence. The findings may help explain the long-noted syndrome in which infants deprived of direct human contact grow slowly and even die.
Psychological and physical stunting of infants deprived of physical contact, although otherwise fed and cared for, had been noted in the pioneering work of Harry Harlow, working with primates, and the psychoanalysts John Bowlby and Renee Spitz, who observed children orphaned in World War II.
Fascinating, this particular child lived just like an animal. Do you think he possessed qualities like empathy?
Interesting link here.A leopard-child was reported by EC Stuart Baker in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society (July 1920). The boy was stolen from his parents by a leopardess in the North Cachar Hills near Assam in about 1912, and three years later recovered and identified. “At the time the child ran on all fours almost as fast as an adult man could run, whilst in dodging in and out of bushes and other obstacles he was much cleverer and quicker. His knees had hard callosities on them and his toes were retained upright almost at right angles to his instep. The palms of his hands and pads of his toes and thumbs were also covered with very tough horny skin. When first caught, he bit and fought with everyone and any wretched village fowl which came within his reach was seized, torn to pieces and eaten with extraordinary rapidity.”
As I recall, one rescued "wild boy" in India was actually killed later on because he tried to rape a local woman when he started to go through puberty, and she wound up dumping a pot of boiling water on him.
While they might feel some inkling of emotions and instinctual impulses which can be said to resemble basic "morality," I think it can be fairly said that their understanding of such concepts is, at best, incomplete in comparison to a more typical person. Lacking the stimulation social contact provides, many areas of their brains simply wind up remaining fundamentally undeveloped in many regards, which leaves them mentally deficient coming into adulthood.
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Mirror neuron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Empathy and the brain
There are biological structures strictly dedicated to things like empathy and morality (morality, at least according to Jonathan Haidt is just rules for social structure built into us through evolution (and tend to be emotionally, not logically based), which I am inclined to believe as it is the most complete explanation of what I see people do on a daily basis). However, parents (or some sort of role model/care taker) is needed to take those raw instincts and hone them into something before they atrophy, which was my original point (this time explained in more detail)For one thing, it turns out nonhuman animals--even rodents--show evidence of empathy.
For another, empathy has a neurological basis.
The same brain regions that process our first-hand experiences of pain are also activated when we observe other people in pain.