The Senses: Touch, Part 5 of 5

This programme is part of the series The Senses
God (right) creates Adam (left) by touching him: detail of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings (©Wikimedia)

In this last part of the series on the senses, we discuss one of the most controversial of our senses: touch, the subject of numerous rules and rituals about what and how and where there may or may not be skin contact between one human and another. Touch is one of the great reality checkers, very three-dimensional, and we use it for our most beautiful moments — the mother cuddling her baby, and the lovers embracing — as well as our ugliest — the slap in the face, the push and the shove.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: October 3, 1996

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