Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Most Comprehensive Article on Echolocation from PlosBlogs Neuroanthropology

I have recently come across one of the most comprehensive articles on echolocation from the Neuroanthropology blog called: Getting around by sound: Human echolocation

This article is a great read for anyone interested in the subject.  It's several pages long and covers the following topics:

  • Famous echolocators
  • A video from 1941 depicting experiments in "Facial Vision" (another term for echolocation) ( )
  • How would echolocation feel?
  • Underestimating echolocation
  • Echolocating in a big magnetic tube
  • Listening to echoes
  • Why does echolocation use the ‘visual’ cortex?
  • Echolocation isn’t just in your head
  • So why can’t the rest of us echolocate?
  • Unmasking our other senses by blindfolding
  • The next step: super-human echolocation

This is an absolutely amazing article and it uncovers a lot of research that is not well known.  Below is a short snippet from the article.

  • Sensing is broader than perception
  • ; that is, our nervous system may react to many things that we are not consciously aware it is noting in any meaningful way.  Sensation is ‘bigger than’ consciousness (and I realize I’m using those terms loosely.).
  • Human echolocation highlights, again, that the anthropology of the senses needs to realize that the theory of ‘five senses,’ an idea that we really get from Aristotle it seems to me (although I have no interest in digging any deeper into the intellectual history of the concept), is a bit of cultural common sense and not at all a scientific approach or reflection of verifiable psychological or phenomenological reality.
  • Human echolocation is a capacity of any human being, but the extraordinary skill shown by exemplary practitioners like Daniel Kish and Ben Underwood requires much more than just a human nervous system and the right training: the skill requires a community that ‘gets it’ and supports the capacity.

Free 10-Minute Audio Lesson: Learn the Echolocation Click

Learn echolocation clicks with a free audio lesson
Learning how to click is one of the first steps to becoming an effective echoloator. This lesson provides clicking samples of a variety of different clicks and descriptions of when they might be most useful. This lesson has been used by O&M instructors all over the world.

Despite popular belief, it's easy to make your clicking quite subtle or unnoticeable even in quiet settings. There are many different clicks for different situations. I explain all of these in great detail and give examples of where, why and when they can and should be used.

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