The Ecology of Humans (17-4) The Sense of Touch

The Sense of Touch

Not only our geometry and our physics, but our whole conception of what exists outside us, is based upon the sense of touch. ~ English philosopher Bertrand Russell

Touch is the mother of senses. Ancient amoebas had a well-developed sense of touch. From womb to tomb, the sense of touch is the interface to the world, a constant flow in enormous variety of sensation.

Touch is the first sense to mature as an embryo. It is the sense of touch that convinces us that we live in a physical world.

Generally, women have a more delicate sense of touch than men, owing to smaller fingers. The more petite digits have more closely spaced sensory receptors.

Tactile acuity affords superior dexterity and explains why the superiority of so many crafts reliant upon manual dexterity come from women’s hands. As the senses go a long way in defining worldview, an enhanced sense of touch also partly explains why women typically have finer social sensitivity.