Going Beyond the Limits of Our Senses

Posted on May 7, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

What if our senses could be extended by our own behavior or technology? What are we missing just beyond the reach of our initial limits?

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There are some ingeniously simple ways that people have overcome sensory disabilities since the dawn of humanity. The hearing impaired have learned to read lips, people with visual impairments have been forced to find many workarounds, etc. But what if we could all go well beyond the reaches of our senses?

Recent insights in science will allow us all to use our senses in pretty cool, new ways.

Some rather simple changes in our own behavior are opening up new doors we never knew existed and if we add new technologies to the mix, the possibilities seem almost endless.

Let’s let the marvelous TED Radio Hour bring us up to speed on this topic.

Get a cup of your favorite hot drink, curl up in a cozy place, and get ready to smile a lot. Here’s a transforming podcast.

Fabulous insights there, huh?

I loved the way this podcast celebrates possibility, as well as pointing out all the things that get in the way of our being able to use our senses fully right now!

What does this mean for us all in the next few decades?

It’s an exciting time.

One of my favorite parts of the podcast comes at about minute 47, when the scientist points out how we can expand our ability and enjoyment when it comes to listening.  He recommends:

Go with the flow. Listening to appreciate the journey with another in a conversation.

– Julian Treasure

What a simple idea with such enormous implications!

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Here are three suggestions that Mr. Treasure had for us:

Find Silence for 3 minutes: sit in absolute silence (or quiet) consciously, for several minutes each day.

The Mixer: Take a few minutes each day to notice how many individual channels you can hear around you.

Practice RASA when Listening: Receive, Appreciate, Summarize and Ask Questions

Want to give someone a wonderful gift?

Maybe Mr. Treasure’s suggestion is the first step in transforming the world:

Listening is the most generous gift you can give to another person.

– Julian Treasure

That, along with dozens of other insights we picked up with today’s podcast, will definitely reveal a better world for all of us.

If you like this Podcast formula for learning about the world, check out all that the TED Radio Hour has to offer. In our family, even our teenagers rarely miss an episode. It’s just that good.

Want to try another great TED Radio Hour podcast?

Here’s another EWC article built around sharing one of my favorite TED Radio Hour broadcasts. Hop over to Want to Be Happy?

Have a great day!

Stay open, curious, and optimistic.

~ Dr. Lynda

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