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Noun1.exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
sensitivity, sensitiveness, sensibility - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation; "sensitivity to pain"
visual modality, visual sense, vision, sight - the ability to see; the visual faculty
cutaneous senses, sense of touch, skin senses, touch modality, touch - the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands); "only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us"
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, sense of hearing, hearing - the ability to hear; the auditory faculty; "his hearing was impaired"
gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste, taste - the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth; "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"
olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell - the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
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114) Exteroception relates to the senses we most commonly associate with body knowing: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.
Turning from the experiential role to the actual nature of existential feeling, Chapter 3 offers a phenomenological account of touch by way of clarifying how something can be both a bodily feeling and an experience of something other than the body--the point being that existential feelings are structurally analogous to tactile feelings in terms of the indissociability of proprio-and exteroception.
As for the ontogenesis of mind, I suspect that it begins in the brain with the differentiation of proprioception from exteroception, inasmuch as proprioception comprises the sensory basis for a cognitive construct of self that is at the core of consciousness (Mazziotta, 2000).