The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?
Are plants aware?
Are plants aware? In the new book, ‘What a Plant Knows,” Daniel Chamovitz argues that a plant can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory. But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a “neuroscience” of the flower? Chamovitz answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.
The “Proustian phenomenon” proposes that distinctive smells have more power than any other sense to help us recall distant memories.
A new study shows smells can transport us back to powerful and emotional memories from the past more effectively than sounds, supporting a theory by Marcel Proust.
Touch was thought to be the most difficult sense to replicate.
Robotics has made tremendous strides in replicating the senses of sight and sound, but smell and taste are still lagging behind, and touch was thought to be the most difficult of them all…until new pressure-sensitive electronic skin came along.
Boys have a sweeter tooth than girls
On average boys need 10 per cent more sourness and 20 per cent more sweetness in their grub to recognise how tasty it is. However, boys prefer wild and extreme tastes compared to the muted flavours favoured by girls, the figures revealed.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists said on Monday they have moved closer to creating “artificial noses,” after finding a way to mass-produce smell receptors in a laboratory.
The human brain may become a “battlefield” in future wars, including “pharmacological land mines” and drones directed by mind control, a new report has predicted.
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Amazing concept for “remembering” with the other senses
When we think of cameras, we think of recording bouncing photons off mirrors. So how would a visually impaired person use this? This camera records sounds and displays imagery via 3D embossing allowing the person to relive the moment by two other senses, hearing and touch.
Control your computer by waving this mouse in the air, without even pointing at the screen. A gyroscope senses motion, and an accelerometer knows if the mouse is tilted.