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A Look at our Sense of Touch

Primal, Acute and Easily Duped: Our Sense of Touch is a recent article from Pulitzer Prize-winning Natalie Angier (author of The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science) taking a rudimentary look at the sense of touch and some recent research in the field of haptics.

Scientists have determined that the human finger is so sensitive it can detect a surface bump just one micron high […] 1/25,000th of an inch — the diameter of a bacterial cell.

Aside from the fascinating accuracy of the sense, the article looks briefly at what is dubbed the ‘rubber hand illusion’ which Mind Hacks looks at in more detail—and I suggest you do too.

via Seed