"Why have we, especially in western society, decided that the skin is the border of the body? Keeping in mind questionable cases like donor organs, shedding skin, personal space, cyborgs and conjoined or identical twins, the collective assumption is that the skin defines what is part of a body and what is not. One function of the skin, which is most applicable for this thesis, is facilitating the tactile sense. Interestingly, the one sense in which the object or person needs to be in direct contact, meaning with nihil space in between, with the "other", is the tactile
sense (for this moment claiming that the gustatory sense is an integral part of the tactile sense). This would lead to the suggestion that every time our mind receives a haptic signal, the boundary of the body is defined at the location of the incoming signal. This would lead to the conclusion that we need our surroundings to define our own body and that tact is the most prominent contributor to the version of reality one experiences."
Excerpt from my essay "Alienation as a Tool: The Border of the Body.", March 2020.