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How Animals Sense the World Differently From Us

I am always in the market for books and articles that explain how various non-human animals (animals) live in and in our world. I recently read a great and highly readable book the book By Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Ed Young A Colossal World: How Animals’ Senses Reveal the Hidden Worlds Around Us And now he’s sitting at the top of an ever-growing pyramid of books on the floor of my office just because he’s so who – which Good. It would be a perfect read in the summer when many other people and animals are outside doing their things.1

I can only cover a fraction of the interesting non-human beings that Young writes about, so here are some examples. He writes about dogs (their adorable noses of course), cats, various birds, and other animals that many people are familiar with. He also tells of the amazing sensory realms of beetles and other insects that many people find disgusting, along with turtles, bats, scallops, octopuses (who have brains in their arms), spiders (who think of their webs) and crocodiles whose scaly face is as sensitive as the tip of a lover’s finger. “And much more.

By learning about the sensory realms of other animals, we can also learn about our senses, an important message in Jackie Higgins’ wonderful book the bookAnd the Sensation: How animals illuminate the wonders of our human senses. In an interview with Higgins, she noted that the platypus teaches us that what we think of as reality is only a reflection of what our senses detect and that’s a shockingly small part of the surrounding reality.

As Jung also emphasizes, our senses are very limited. They allow us to live our lives but never come close to telling us what is already there. We only see ten trillion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Imagine expanding our range to perceive infrared heat, such as vampire bats, or ultraviolet radiation, such as birds. Can we really imagine trying the bait of a catfish, the touch of a star-nosed mole, or the balance of a leopard?

Higgins wrote, “In the end, the natural world may inspire a brave new world of human consciousness.”

Among Jung’s many important messages, not only about the sensory lives of many animals, many of which are written off as simple or mechanical, uninteresting, and undeveloped, he highlights how learning about other animals can also help us learn about things. The fascinating and often hidden world we immerse ourselves in daily and how seemingly harmless human activities can hijack the lives of these animals by introducing what he calls “sensory pollution”.

Young aptly writes, “Sensory pollution is separation pollution. “It separates members of the same species and different species trying to communicate with each other and so are we from them. How can we recognize, appreciate and respect the lives of other animals when we do not allow them to live? They are supposed to live normal lives because of the ways shaped by natural selection – evolution – separation The latter is Leung, “Keeping the Quiet, Keeping the Darkness: Threatened Landscapes,” a gem.

If you’re looking for a great summertime read about the lives of other animals, Yong’s book is as good an option as any, and if you have the time, also read Higgins’ book about the awesome senses of other animals.

Last week, while cycling in Boulder, I saw a class of guys on a dirt bike road. I stopped to ask them what they were doing, and a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy explained to me in abundance that they “study different insects and how they know how to get home”. Their teacher, a wonderful and very patient woman, told me about their nature class and how it always came to pass because the kids had so many questions, and equally or more importantly, they realized how careful we must be when you step into the lives of other animals. I told her about Yong and Higgins’ books and she said she would read them as quickly as possible and share the information with the children.

As I was riding away, one of the students yelled, “We don’t touch the bugs, we just watch because they’re so cool.” I bet that would make Young and Higgins very happy.

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