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Sensory Exotica: A World Beyond Human Experience (Bradford Books) Paperback – 2 Apr 2001

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" The wondrous capabilities that Hughes discusses are only beginning to be understood . . . but the challenging questions could attract anyone with a sense of curiosity and skills in biology or information technology. . . . "Sensory Exotica" may inspire budding scientists to pursue this rich field of inquiry." -- "Science"

& quot; The wondrous capabilities that Hughes discusses are only beginning to be understood . . . but the challenging questions could attract anyone with a sense of curiosity and skills in biology or information technology. . . . Sensory Exotica may inspire budding scientists to pursue this rich field of inquiry.& quot; -- Science

"The wondrous capabilities that Hughes discusses are only beginning to be understood . . . but the challenging questions could attract anyone with a sense of curiosity and skills in biology or information technology. . . . "Sensory Exotica" may inspire budding scientists to pursue this rich field of inquiry."--"Science"

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Howard C. Hughes is Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth College.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read for everyone! 13 Jan. 2012
By Balimyna - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was assigned reading for a university-level animal behavior/neurobiology class. I tore through it in 3 weeks (which sounds like a lot, but in grad. school it is the blink of an eye!) The beginning of the first chapter is a little hard to take (it describes some rather horrific ways men used to test echolocation in bats back in the days when science ethics was still in its infancy) but the rest is a delightfully written look into how various animals use their unique senses (echolocation, electroreception, magnetic field detection ect). I was worried that it might be a bunch of technical jargon, and some parts are, but the author does a fantastic job of taking that jargon and explaining it in a way that most people should be able to understand. It is funny and informative... one of the few assigned readings that I have really loved and appreciated. I'd read it at the pizza parlor near campus and people would regularly stare at me as I guffawed, laughed my butt off, or blurted out "really" with a stunned, pleasantly surprised and a bit too loud voice. Anyone who has even a passing interest in animal behavior and the physics, physiology, and anatomy behind their "exotic" (read: mostly non-human) senses. It spans more than just biology and is written so well, that non-scientists would love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent and in depth 4 Nov. 2013
By Mortimer Duke - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite books on the senses. The author gives a great overview of senses that are beyond our usual understanding. If you want to know what it is like to be a bat (or a dolphin, or a shark), this can give you a real idea about the way their senses work; in the process, enriching our ideas about how our own, familiar senses work. There's also some great "history of science" here; it's not just facts about senses, but a history of thinking about them -- you may take for granted now that bats navigate by echolocation, but that was far from obvious a few hundred years ago.
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Have not begun this book, but scanning it, it looks very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading 28 Jan. 2014
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This is a fantastic book. I'm still reading it... can't put it down. If you've ever wondered how animals perceive the world, what it looks like to them, how birds migrate, and more... this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jumping off point 28 Jan. 2010
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I am a neuroscience major and I read this book for a seminar. It is very accessible and engaging. I find the history of science fascinating and I love that Hughes decided to describe the experiments done to investigate these systems. A great read and a good gateway to more difficult perception texts.
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