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  • So I would propose that for life to make more sense, we have to rely on other senses beyond our sense organs and come to understand that we are capable of having a much fuller appreciation of the world if we allow ourselves to give up sense-organ addiction.

    Srinivasan Pillay: Why Life Does Not Make Sense: Overcoming The Attentional Blink Through Meditation

  • Therefore all animals whose nostrils are long, as the Laconian hounds, are keen-scented, for the sense-organ being above them, the movements from a distance are not dissipated but go straight to the mark, just as the movements which cause sight do with those who shadow the eyes with the hand.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • Similar is the case of animals whose ears are long and project far like the eaves of a house, as in some quadrupeds, with the internal spiral passage long; these also catch the movement from afar and pass it on to the sense-organ.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • As with sight, so here the sense-organ is the cause of judging well the distinctions, if both that organ itself and the membrane round it be pure.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • And we hear less well during a yawn or expiration than during inspiration, because the starting-point of the sense-organ of hearing is set upon the part concerned with breathing and is shaken and moved as the organ moves the breath, for while setting the breath in motion it is moved itself.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • The sense-organ of the eyes is set upon certain passages, as are the other sense-organs.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • The reason is that the sense-organ in man is pure and least earthy and material, and he is by nature the thinnest-skinned of all animals for his size.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • Accuracy then in judging the differences of sounds and smells depends on the purity of the sense-organ and of the membrane lying upon its surface, for then all the movements become clear in such cases, as in the case of sight.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • But the eye is the only sense-organ that has a bodily constitution peculiar to itself.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • And this is evident from what happens in respect of sensation; for the same thing never appears sweet to some and the contrary of sweet to others, unless in the one case the sense-organ which discriminates the aforesaid flavours has been perverted and injured.



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