|Touch and its Potential (standard:Creative non-fiction, 1197 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Jul 14 2009||Views/Reads: 2692/1398||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, change of position or orientation and other human sensitivities enable us to sense the presence of danger, feel loved and experience many more emotions and sensations. Here is how I think it all happens.|
Touch and its Potential Overview The spectrum of senses – touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight, vestibular, proprioceptive and others – are the receptors that enable humans (among other animal life) to interpret their environment. The relationship among these senses is described here as a key element in the process of communication with the world. As developing humans become aware of new stimuli, they learn to interpret messages from their endocrine systems. Under the right conditions, these translations from gut feelings to sophisticated cultural values are what determines their behavior. As of now, many well-developed and experienced people have opened their spectrum of sensitivities to stimuli of less visible, less audible, less painful aspects of their environment. This is the first step on the pathway to bliss -- and perhaps to human survival in this century. Outline One-celled life forms enjoy a sense we may call taste, since it reflects an ability to distinguish between nourishment and other stimuli. Taste can be visualized as one specialized form of sensitivity to touch. At this level, life forms pursue that which tastes good in their aqueous environment. When they behave in ways that sustain them, and later multiply, they eventually become part of you and me and everyone else. Over the last billion years of development (from less complex life forms into today's spiritual leaders), human sensitivities have evolved to a pinnacle of sophistication. In a similar sense, nasal receptors can be stimulated by as few as one or two molecules of a substance; smell is also a subset of touch. Instead of a liquid medium (as with taste) , the air movement conveys each odor molecule to the nasal receptor, which has a nerve ending at its core. Once the molecule fits the receptor, it triggers off a stimulus that actuates one or more endocrine glands. The secretions released by this stimulus give rise to unique and identifiable feelings such as hunger. The aroma of Limburger cheese may be ambrosia to one person, yet may smell rancid to another. This distinction may be intellectual or cultural, on one hand, but also might be a toxic or conflicting response for an individual who lacks the ability to metabolize cheese of this type. In like manner, hearing, sight and other senses also provide stimuli to trigger off the feelings aroused by the cocktail of endocrine secretions. “The Girl from Ipanema” may inspire deep feelings in the lovesick watcher, yet she may pass unnoticed by others. During a lifetime, experience accumulates. As an individual comes to recognize each nuance of feeling and compares this with their own intellectual and cultural hierarchy of values, it leads to greater success in the Game of Life. An equally sensitive, exquisitely designed eyesight, when touched by a minuscule quantum of light. The color and intensity detected by each nerve ending flows through brain areas that trigger off the appropriate endocrine secretions. Meanwhile, as the brain processes what it receives into "meaning" appropriate to other areas of the brain, the endocrine secretions have driven you into flight -- or fight, eat it or feed it, and so on. This highly developed sensitivity, like hearing, smell and taste, has incredible qualities of discrimination. And all the senses begin with a touch of something: the aroma of a ripe melon, the vibrations from a violin, the radiation of a sunrise, the touch of a lover. And as human development proceeds, new sensitivities appear: a vestibular sensitivity to detect motion and gravitational orientation; a proprioceptive sensitivity to the body's location in space; a magnetoinductive sensitivity whose potential remains largely untapped; a psychic potential, from empathy and clairvoyance to healing energies, detection of auras and spiritual awareness. There are more. With so many active senses, the information load on the brain takes time to sort out. With speech, for example, one speaker may slowly and clearly enunciate each syllable, gathering and packaging ideas for transmission. Another speaker may compress words, speaking too rapidly Click here to read the rest of this story (70 more lines)
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