[bct] Re: more thoughts on hearing

  • From: "J Garcia" <j.garcia235@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 17:04:54 -0800

I agree. This superhuman sound reflection phenomenon you are talking about
is what is commonly known to the rest of the world as hearing. Think about
it, you are describing the process of making a sound, refining the sound
around you to hear, and using it to determine whether or not something is in
your path or not. All human beings who can hear can do this at birth or
learn it as well as enhancing it throuout their lives. I do the opposite of
what you are describing and don't intentionally make sounds with my cane
when walking as I can more easily determine where I stand in terms of
walking through a hallway--absolutely no special powers necessary--maybe
some training. Semantics, semantics, semantics.

J Garcia
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pam Quinn" <quinn.family@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 4:58 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: more thoughts on hearing

Nothing supernatural about it. Your beliefs are debatable and I don't
intend to debate them as people who have strong opinions aren't likely
to change them. Sound reflection detection doesn't give information
about what an object is, merely that something is there as well as the
size of it in general It's a sonar ability, much like that which bats
use. In a pinch, if I've crossed a street at an angle, I can stamp my
foot and "hear" where the curb is for example, if it's an upright
curb. Those who can do this know what I'm talking about, and those who
can't, won't.
If I'm walking along and there is a tree in my path, I can walk around
it without running into it. I wouldn't be able to tell you it was a
tree though, unless I reached out and touched it first. I'm sure
Maria, from what she said, knows what I'm talking about and many
others would as well. As I said, nothing supernatural about it; it's a
very natural ability and one that I find very useful. As far as
information regarding our neurons being rewired to other senses,
Doctor Jan, well respected in his field proposed that theory. Makes
sense to me.


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