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See Inside Scientific American Mind Volume 23, Issue 1

Your Senses Possess Unusual Powers--a Special Report

Your senses bridge the boundary between you and the world



Illustration by Noma Bar

A submarine, scooting through the depths, shoots sound waves to probe the mountains and valleys of the ocean floor, allowing humans to explore that inhospitable realm. The Hubble Space Telescope takes snapshots of scenes billions of light-years away, revealing vistas vastly beyond the limits of the human eye. Yet we need not venture to treacherous places to enhance our perception of our home planet. A compass tunes hikers to the earth’s magnetic field, endowing them with knowledge of north and south as they wander through the woods.

All the intricately engineered metal guiding us through water, space or the wilderness pales in comparison to the machinery in your head. Your senses interrogate the physical world, collecting poignant details that inform your thoughts, actions and memory. The articles in this special report investigate how seemingly insignificant glances, whiffs and noises forge a tight bond between you and your environment.

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