“Touch, my studies show, is the primary language of compassion, love, and gratitude – emotions at the heart of trust and cooperation.”

-Keltner, D. (2009) Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. 1st Ed, W. W. Norton & Company.

Husserl and the ‘Lived-Body’: “In our direct and immediate awareness of the body we know it primarily through the various tactile sensations involved in any activity of touching something.”

-Welton D (1999) The Body Blackwell Publishers, Chp 2 p50 ‘Soft Smooth Hands: Husserl’s phenomenology of the lived-body’

We learn about different kinds of physical force – as repeatable patterns – simply by using and experiencing our bodies from the time of our birth. The patterns that emerge: “are embodied and give coherent, meaningful structure to our physical experience at a preconceptual level”

-Thanks to Karen Lingaard, BCST in Australia, quoting from Johnson 1990.