Someone asked a random but otherwise important question today:
” How come we feel a pebble through our shoes when we step on one? Or sand? or a stick?” His point was that shoes covered our feet- and nerves that are responsible for ” feeling” anything. Therefore, we should not be able to feel the things we step on or be able to tell what they are!
I smiled. Had he known just how much interesting this conversation just became for me he would have said he owed me one for raising such a thought-provoking-music-to-my-ears kind of topic.
I proceeded to theorise: My theory was called ” knowledge of previous truths” to mean that since we have a previous knowledge of how a stone, a stick, a pebble, sand feels like when we are walking on these things without our shoes, we are able to “remember” how sand feels like for instance when the sand particles crumble beneath our shoes or when our shoes dig into the sand, that familiar knowledge of sandness comes to mind and we are able to know that we are walking on sand even if we are not looking down as we walk or we are blindfolded. I am sure someone can tell the size and sharpness of a small stone or pebble when they step on one with their shoes on without looking at it. I believe that is because we have previous knowledge of stepping on stones. So our mind registers that particular stone’s size and sharpness.
I do not know if my theory has any scientific backing. I am not sure if someone has come up with the same theory before mine. What I know is, based on the limited knowledge I have of critical analysis and theory, I was able to create this theory in my mind while I was in the process of explaining why I think we feel things through our shoes to my friend.