. Doesn’t matter if the ball doesn’t talk back. It doesn’t have to for socialization to take place.

Ah, well, I tend towards an embodied cognition point of view.

I get there because humans are social creatures – so natural we’re doing it even now, across the wires of the Internet.

Our nervous systems extend towards and incorporate that which we bring “in” and extend out “to”.

I get there because babies not socialized through care *die*, even though fed/watered/changed. [famous sad case of 1930s German nursery if memory serves where the babies who were mechanically cared for died, but those who were nurtured lived].

No socialization = death for humans.

I mention socialization as it covers a lot of sensory inputs all at once. Look at how young children socialize with inanimate objects, babbling to a ball and such. Doesn’t matter if the ball doesn’t talk back. It doesn’t have to for socialization to take place.

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