On the Primacy of Hearing

Article written by Moshé Feldenkrais

Published in Somatics, Vol. 1, No. 1, Autumn 1976

“In the darkness of human foetal existence, there is little likelihood that seeing takes place. But even though there is no seeing, there is hearing. The foetus hears the heartbeats of the mother, the noises of her digestive tract, the noises of her breathing, the bubbling of gases, emphysematic disturbances in the breathing tract, or coughing, sneezing and other noises connected with the digestive tract. There is littIe doubt that the foetus is slimuIated by these many sounds, but we cannot assert that he ‘hears’ them in the way we do: simple response to organic stimulation is very different from the hearing that takes place after personal experience and growth.”

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