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Scentsory Perception
    #1250636 - 01/26/03 04:47 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I was reading a book today about dogs, and I came to a section about a dog's sense of smell. It stated that a dogs sense of smell is over a million times more powerful than our own, and they can smell individual/small groups of molecules. This got me thinking: if a dog's sense of smell is so powerful, could it not percieve the world through its nose. We percieve the world mainly through sight, with a little bits of the other senses mixed in. Could you imagine viewing the world through one of your other senses, and what other senses might exist in the animal/plant kingdoms that could be used to percieve the world?


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    #1251034 - 01/26/03 07:40 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: Remy]
    #1251732 - 01/27/03 01:15 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Different people rely on different senses to a degree. For example I rely on visual features of my environment more than other senses and my partner relies on auditory moreso, which my partner worked out after reading about neurolinguistic programming. I guess that makes sense since my he is a musician and my musical skills are crap, whereas I am an artist and he can't draw or paint. Interesting about dogs and thier sense of smell. Does it say anything about cats?



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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: ]
    #1251847 - 01/27/03 03:32 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I think the human mind is capable of all the amazing senses that animals have.
Its just training the mind to do this. An example would be the sound we can hear all the frequences of sound that any animal can, this can easly be proven by takeing a psychedelic substance, also the blind seem to have an amazing sense of sound as well. So I dont see why a human can use there sense and isolate each individuial stimuli comeing in a differenciate them be it smell sight or sound.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: poke smot!]
    #1252000 - 01/27/03 05:43 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

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Is smell directional though?




How else could a dog track a scent?


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: ]
    #1252003 - 01/27/03 05:47 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

No, it did not mention cats, however, in 'The Tribe of the Tiger: Cats and Their Culture', the author mentions that cats probably detect scents in waves/rays, while dogs detect scents in pools. Another interesting thing somone mentioned to me was that dogs apparently can get a visual portrait, as well as a 'resume' so to speak, of another dog, just by smelling its urine.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: Remy]
    #1252246 - 01/27/03 07:24 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Alan Watts, The Book, Chapter 2:

"Consider that all your five senses are differing forms of one basic sense--something like touch. Seeing is highly sensitive touching. The eyes touch, or feel, light waves and so enable us to touch things out of reach of our hands. Similarly, the ears touch sound waves in the air, and the nose tiny particles of dust and gas."

Your post just reminded me of this.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: EvilGir]
    #1252438 - 01/27/03 08:53 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

If humans could smell as well as dogs or see as well as eagles, we would.  But the truth is, we can't.  Given the biological equipment that we have, it is simply a physical impossibility.  But we don't really need to smell as well as dogs or see as well as eagles, so I'm not too upset about the biological equipment that I have been given.

It is a very interesting thought that Remy had, though.  What would it be like to experience the world through smell?  What would it be like to experience the world with an eagle's accute vision?  Your reality would be completely different from it is now because your sensory perception would be so radically different, and your reality is simply the way in which you perceive the world.

Crazy stuff to think about! :laugh:


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: Remy]
    #1252449 - 01/27/03 08:57 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

ya but dogs have eyes too, so sure, they smell a lot to figure shit out, but they do have eyes.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: recalcitrant]
    #1252528 - 01/27/03 09:25 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

and we have noses, however, a dogs sight is one of its weaker senses.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: recalcitrant]
    #1252807 - 01/27/03 10:51 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

We also have the luxury of color, which we take for granted.


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Re: Scentsory Perception [Re: recalcitrant]
    #1252923 - 01/27/03 11:31 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Dogs have eyes, but they can't see as well with them as we can with ours.

Hence the better senses of smell and sound.


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