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    everywhere the same. Which is why I think it arises out of a common disability, whose characteristics are an absence of certain senses--

    sense of time
    sense of direction
    sense of space
    sense of sequence
    sense of order
    sense of connection
    sense of circumstance (environment)

    Furthermore, I suspect these deficits are related to the sense of touch, the sense that keeps us connected to the material world; that let's us validate what the sense of sight and sound perceive to test their accuracy.
    We know that touch can compensate for the absence of sight and hearing. Helen Keller was proof of that. Why not consider that in the presence of sight and hearing, the lack of a sense of touch (being "out of touch") goes largely unnoticed.
    The skin is the largest organ in the body. Yet, we don't give it much thought. Why, for example, are rosaries and worry beads calming? Why has the iphone and the smart phone and the blackberry been such a hit? They're lousy as phones. Could it be that they keep the fingers engaged like whittling tools or, for that matter, cigarettes? Have people stopped smoking because they have something new to do with their hands?

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