Viewing: the senses

Apr 24

April 24, 2017

Le Monde Moderne: Mai, lithographic poster designed by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, printed in Paris by L'Imprimerie de Vaugirard, 1895.

The Blink of an Eye

Humans blink on average 15-20 times a minute and these fragmentary flashes of black add up to about 10% of our hours awake. That’s 10% of your day hidden from your eyes…

Posted in Science

Apr 16

April 16, 2017

Persimmons and White-Eyes, Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1880

The Singing Life of Birds

This is the season of birdsong, when even the smallest finch bursts his lungs and heart out for all to hear, and you’d have to be hard of hearing, hard of heart, or hard on time not to take notice.

Posted in Modern Bestiary

May 12

May 12, 2014

Allegory of the sense of smell, Jan Brueghel & Peter Rubens, 1618.

The Wonders of Odors in the Air

Smell is by far the most widely underrated of the five senses nature endowed us with. For most people, little conscious attention is given to the endless parade of, mostly subtle, aromas that invisibly fill our every breath.

Posted in Science

May 2

May 2, 2014

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, In the Province of Eiri Suruga, Katsushika Hokusaicirca, 1830

Air: Illuminating the Invisible

Air is most often described as “empty”, as if because this sea of elements cannot be seen by humans eyes there is nothing to see, no substance. But the very fact that you’re alive at this moment is proof that the air is not only far from empty, but is teeming with unseen life, microscopic particles, cosmic dust, chemicals, and elemental forces.

Posted in Science

Mar 18

March 18, 2014

Gazing at Goat, Jessie Huffaker, 2013

Phenomenology: A New Way of Relating

Phenomenology provides a valuable foundation for those of us longing to reconnect with the more-than-human world by asking us to set aside our predetermined notions of what is, and what is possible, in order to encounter the more primal world that exists beneath human society and the ideologies inherent to it. Our sensory experience unfurls before us an ecological world filled with awareness, creativity, and wonder; a world that is constantly new every moment.

Posted in Psychology