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    I know this is a very common question but I've been seaching in forums all the time and couldn't find a clear answer. So quantum physic say that we can't actually "touch" anything because of our atoms( we're all made of atoms and they repel each other). correct me if I am wrong,please.. atoms indeed can't touch each other,
    so does that mean that people(who are also made of atoms) can't actually touch each other either? for example if we hug someone we don't actually hug/ feel him ??
    I am very curious about that, and I would appreciate an answer from someone that knows about this subject. thanks!
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    Our atoms don't come to a place where they literally occupy adjacent spaces with no space in between. But clearly people touch in another and important sense. On the scale of cells, when you hug someone, not only are you next to that person, is is likely that you exchange dead skin cells and many other particles. So on that scale touching is even more intimate.
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    aren't cells made of atoms too ??
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    But on the atomic scale tough, there is no such thing as "touch", because as 2 atoms get close to each other the negative charges of the electrons will repel each other, and what you feel when you "touch" something is just the force of the magnetic fields of the electrons, much like one of those sci-fi shields. Here's a great video that explains the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKldI-XGHIw
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