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Sensory Exotica: A World Beyond Human Experience

Sensory Exotica A World Beyond Human Experience An entertaining guide to the exotic sensory abilities of the Earth s nonhuman creatures Bees birds bats fish and dolphins possess senses that lie far beyond the realm of human experience In this b

  • Title: Sensory Exotica: A World Beyond Human Experience
  • Author: Howard C. Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780262582049
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • An entertaining guide to the exotic sensory abilities of the Earth s nonhuman creatures.Bees, birds, bats, fish, and dolphins possess senses that lie far beyond the realm of human experience In this book Howard C Hughes tells the story of these exotic senses He tells not only what has been discovered but how it was discovered including historical misinterpretationsAn entertaining guide to the exotic sensory abilities of the Earth s nonhuman creatures.Bees, birds, bats, fish, and dolphins possess senses that lie far beyond the realm of human experience In this book Howard C Hughes tells the story of these exotic senses He tells not only what has been discovered but how it was discovered including historical misinterpretations of animal perception that we now view with amusement.The book is divided into four parts biosonar, biological compasses, electroreception, and the scents of attraction Although the book is filled with fascinating descriptions of animal sensitivities, the author s goal is to explain the anatomical and physiological principles that underlie them Knowledge of these mechanisms has practical applications in areas as diverse as marine navigation, biomedical sciences, and nontoxic pest control It can also help us to obtain a deeper understanding of familiar sensory systems and the brain in general.

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    1. (I have to confess up front that I took a class with the author, Howard Hughes, which solely revolved around this book.)That said, this book provides a wonderful introduction to sensory perception, using extreme cases in the wild to illustrate many of the fundamental sensory processes that occur in humans, as well as those which are completely foreign to us humans.While it's possible to wrap our heads around the idea of echolocation, as used by bats and dolphins, with it's basis in listening to [...]

    2. Neuroethology= behavior + how the nervous system functions. Fascinating look at how nervous systems are constructed in various species and how this impacts information processing and ultimately actions/behavior. The power of this book lies in how lessons learned about eels, owls, and dolphins can teach us more about the function of the the human brain/behavior.

    3. Possibly my favorite text from my neuroscience coursework. Accessible to the layperson (though perhaps too dry in tone compared to pop science?), yet not skimpy on the scientific details.

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