Hearing is special among senses, says neuroscientist Seth Horowitz.
Horowitz, author of the book The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind, says we have evolved to hear and share that sense with even the most primitive life forms.
Interviewed for National Public Radio's series "Decoding Nature Through Sound," he observes, "You hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than you see. ... everything that you perceive with your ears is coloring every other perception you have, and every conscious thought you have."
"Vibration sensitivity is found in even the most primitive life forms," Horowitz says — even bacteria. "It's so critical to your environment, knowing that something else is moving near you, whether it's a predator or it's food. Everywhere you go, there is vibration and it tells you something."
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