By on May 16th, 2018 in Uncategorized

We experience touch as a unified sensation and by the time our perception becomes conscious, a lot of editing has been done. Objectivity is farther away than we might think, even with a sense so closely related to hard-facts, like touch.

Strolling through a local foreign language library, I stumbled onto TOUCH, by David Linden. Looked through, found it to be of interest and decided to have a go at it.

I was looking for a translation of all the science into everyday behaviors, something practical for my work. The expectations were met; however, you need to be patient if you choose to read this book because 90% of it is medical science (in English, in the version I read!).

Difficult as it may have been to read “Touch”, I did come out of it with some very interesting observations and learning. All text in inverted commas in the following text is a direct quotation from the book TOUCH, by David Linden.

How touch works

Touch is so much more than facts, objects and circuits which allow information to move from the sensors to the brain and back to the parts which can perform the needed action, like withdrawal.

We have “two separate touch systems in the skin, operating in parallel, which report fundamentally different aspects of our tactile world”: the facts and the emotions they trigger within us.

“Our perception of a sensory stimulus is crucially dependent upon our expectations, as they have been formed by our life experience up to that moment. When there’s a mismatch between expectation and sensation, it’s a sign that something weird is happening, and our perception of that sensation is fundamentally altered.”

While making sense of the touch information, context is key. The sensory experience itself is altered by the context.

It’s all blended

We experience touch as a unified sensation. The map our brain interprets as “touch” is built through parallel information transmission, interpretation, and sometimes with interventions.

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By on October 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Probably one of the subtlest lessons the horses can teach us is to be oblivious to what others say we can’t do. Since in the horse-world doing is more important than talking, if you want to tell a horse it can’t do something you must intervene one second before they do it to prevent them from doing it or immediately after by changing something in your relationship (increase space, decrease space, reduce status, increase status etc).

Two different worlds

The Horse Assisted Education is probably one of the most intense experience you can have as a learner. It goes well beyond anything else, including extreme-sports and group activities, because it bridges two worlds, so different and yet so easily connected.

We are hunters. The horses are hunted.

We exist on a time continuum where the past and the future take a lot of space. Sometimes too much! We escape our own reality by going back or forth into our memories and imagination.  The horses live in a continuous present. Their lives depend on their skill to be present and aware. They escape by physically running. We escape by being absent.

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