15 October 2010

Sensory History

Fridays are about our weird world. What could be weirder than the way we view history, peering at it through our own preconceptions, not even aware that we mostly view/see it. History (like our current experience) is more than visual. All the senses are involved.

Mark M Smith over at The Psychologist has a very interesting article on rediscovering a more complete sensory history. People's understanding/interpretation of what their senses detect does change over time. Disturbing to realise people believed they could "smell" race.

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