Science journalist Ed Yong explains how animals perceive the world


“A Huge World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong.

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All animals use their senses to perceive the world, including humans. But not all animals feel the same. In Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Ed Yong’s new book, he explores how each species sees the world through its own sensory perspective and explains why that should both delight and humble us.

“The senses always have a price,” writes Yong. “No animal can smell everything properly.”

In “A Huge World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us“, Yong invites us to step out of our human sensory bubbles to consider the unique ways in which dogs, dolphins, spiders, bats, octopuses and countless other animals experience their environment.

Join Yong and MPR News host Kerri Miller this Friday for stories about why jumping spiders have eight eyes, how octopus arms work without the brain, why Morpho butterflies have ears on their wings – and why we should gently resist the tendency to see other animals. meaning through the limited vision of ours.


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