Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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The Sensation of Texture

Humans use nerves in complex ways to detect, transmit, and interpret signals of texture.  Consider the range of sensitivity in the population -- some people wear lace because it's fashionable, others have to cut tags out of clothing.  As I have pointed out many times in the past, this may not be a mental difference at all; it could be physical.  Likely it's a combination of both.  We can only influence the mental aspect; we can't really make a body have more or fewer neurons, and we can only influence their behavior somewhat through indirect methods.  Often it makes more sense to modify the environment instead: thank you, people who invented silkscreened tagless t-shirts.
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