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  • n. environment — Alternative form of Umwelt.

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Examples

  • What he proposed was revolutionary: anyone who wants to understand the life of an animal must begin by considering what he called their umwelt OOM-velt: their subjective or “self-world.”

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  • What he proposed was revolutionary: anyone who wants to understand the life of an animal must begin by considering what he called their umwelt (OOM-velt): their subjectiveor "self-world."

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  • But the trouble with anecdotes is that one does not have the full story of what happened, since the teller, with his own umwelt and particular perception, is necessarily restricted in what he sees.

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  • On top of that each individual creates his own personal umwelt, full of objects with special meaning to him.

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  • Since my guests may be less keen on the dog umwelt, though, I advise visitors to proffer a hand undoubtedly fragrant, or kneel and let their head or trunk be sniffed instead.

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  • In point of fact, their tactile umwelt is almost certainly different than ours.

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  • To understand the dog umwelt, then, we must think of objects, people, emotions—even times of day—as having distinctive odors.

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  • But by suiting up animals with critter-cams we are mostly getting an idea of their vantage on the world, not their entire umwelt.

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  • That kind of introspective exercise only works when paired with an understanding of how profound the difference in umwelt is between us and another animal.

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  • We can glimpse this by “acting into” the umwelt of another animal, trying to embody the animal—mindful of the constraints our sensory system places on our ability to truly do so.

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  • It means environment.

    September 12, 2011

  • Her work draws on that of an early-20th-¬century German biologist, Jakob von Uexküll, who proposed that “anyone who wants to understand the life of an animal must begin by considering what he called their umwelt . . . : their subjective or ‘self-world.’ ” – New York Times Book Review Sept. 8, 2009. Inside of a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz.

    September 22, 2009

  • A term for one's 'lived experience' - similar to a world view but including elements which are wholly subjective and beyond communication.

    October 1, 2008