Blindness – Children learning II

How do we learn? By looking at objects? Observing them? Reading about their behavior? Of course, these are all reasonable ways of learning practiced by millions of people learning something. Most people, however, forget that we also have at our disposal the sense of touch. While children discover the world by touching things, adults have learnt to discover the world by using their eyes. “Look with your eyes, not with your fingers!”, was I told when I was a child. But don’t we loose quite a lot if we just give up one sense. When did you close your eyes and rely on the sense of touch entirely for the last time?

(Copyright by Michael Schilliger, 2007)

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