Mutual Motions research revisited - An essay : Toward experience
Might we conceive of touch as the original sin? In Genesis 3:3 (King James
Version), God says unto Adam and Eve: â€œBut of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden [...]Ye shall not eat neither shall yet touch it, lest ye die.â€ To eat the apple, to be seduced by the snake, these are the obvious sins, the sins that condemn humanity forevermore to exist in a fallen state. But what of touch? Why is touch â€“ the moment of decision â€“ forgotten, cast aside, ignored? Is it not touch, this violent decision, this
responsibility toward fallenness, that in fact condemns Adam and Eve to face the world outside the garden of Eden?
Erin Manning, Toward experience: Violence and Touch in Erin Manning, Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2006).