Human interaction, care or comfort is not a one-way street. I don’t think a machine, no matter how cute, cuddly and real-like it is, can ever take the place of human connection. Something happens to us when we give a moment of ourselves to someone in need of kindness. It comes right back to us- sometimes two-fold. Watching an old person interact with a robot turns compassion into entertainment.
There’s a parallel here to people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), massage and Daffodils. It appears that emotions may outlast the memory of the event that triggered the emotion, according to a 2010 study conducted by Justin Feinstein reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. In other words, if a person with AD has a happy experience, say from a family visit (or a massage!) he will continue to feel happy for a period of time even though he quickly forgets the actual visit.
This is a 'story' that emerged from our Combined Intensive 11/11 in Springfield, MO
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