Touch and Sound

Articles relating touch:

1. The magical Mr. Potato Head, aka Kissenger, is a device that allows you to wirelessly transmit an actual smooch to your lover who is not with you by its pressure sensors, which sends your impression of your lips in your egg to the other receiving Kissenger.

How would we know that transmitted kiss is the exact impression?

2. This article proves the importance of a nonsexual touch by listing 10 psychological effects that shows how powerful nonsexual touches can be and its influence on our thought process.

How would we really know the true thoughts of someone who has been touched in a nonsexual way?

3. Babies, children, and elderly all around the world benefit from touch to make their lives better.

What if someone actually doesn’t liked to be touched at all?

4. This article discusses the science behind touch, and how powerful it can be when a guy touches a girl.

How do we know when we’re in love?

5. This article is about how scientist have learned to fooled our sense of touch.

How reliable is our sense of touch?

6. This video/article is about a woman in an art exhibit using her sense of touch and fate to find her husband.

How reliable can a kiss be to determine our husbands?

 

Articles relating sound:

1. All of the world’s natural sounds are available  and digital online.

Is technology a good source to extenuate the real natural sound of this world?

2. The Cocktail Party Effect  is about how humans have the capability of tuning our ears to just one voice.

How reliable is the information we receive from our hearing?

3. Make the City Sound Better is the name of the campaign that a company is using for their new release of headphones, which takes the regular city sound and makes music from it for the regular urbanite.

Does music have the capability of enhancing our daily routine without our awareness?

4. This article discusses that Beethoven’s deafness could have influenced his compositions.

If you were deaf, would you let that stop you from reaching your full potential?

5. This article talks about how the sound of the food we eat affects our taste shown through a study.

Does sound affect what you considered tastes good?

6. This article is about how we consume information influences what we learn from it.

If the information we consume influences what we learn, how does this affect our society?

Beliefs, Mood, and Culture affects how we see things

Our emotions and environment around us influence how we react and perceive things. If you are in a bad mood, then you are most likely to perceive a situation with a negative attitude, whereas if you were in a good mood, then you would perceive a situation through a better, positive manner. Not only can your mood greatly affect how you comprehend something, but also how you were raised through your beliefs and different culture. If someone were raised in a culture where it is laid back and casual, then they are more than likely to handle situations in a laid back manner. People’s beliefs are very important and will determine how they handle a situations based on the morals and beliefs and what to them is considered right or wrong. Every person is unique in their own way, which then determines how they perceive things.

 

Theories of Reality

Out of the three theories of reality, I feel I adhere to the common sense realism the most. The slogan for it is, “What you see is what is there”, which I particularly can both agree and disagree with. Everyone has there common sense factor apart them to help the differentiate when something is reasonable to do or not. This world is not filled with definite answers that are either black or white. The world is filled with many shades of grey; not everything fits into one box. We have been learning that everyone has his or her own special way of perceiving the world. How will we ever know that we all see, experience, and feel the same things? We will never, that’s the answer. Just because the world may appear one way doesn’t mean that is how the world really is. Everyone has his or her own interpretations based on our own unique sense organs.

Hilary Lawson’s Story

John had a condition called visual agnosia, which is the inability to recognize anything or distinguish perfectly ordinary objects. He wrote the book, The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, which goes in to more depth about his condition, which is rare and unusual. “It was the 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant who first argued that experience was not merely the product of sensation but the result of combining sensation and interpretation”. Recorded cases of the condition, visual agnosia, implied that he was right. Everyone needs to have form and order to categorize this world we live in, and to have such a disability like John’s must be difficult. To simply imagine having a condition of such kind brings me discomfort. Every day we are using our senses without acknowledging the fact of how lucky and blessed we are to have the ability to taste, smell, touch, hear, and see the world we live in even when we don’t notice it. People out there, for instance John, have been stripped of some of those abilities. Sometimes we can take what we have for granted and not mean to. I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be to walk around and not know where you are 24.7. I would have multiple fears constantly running through my brain. His story is real living proof of that we are privileged to have what we have.