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Though experiment in sinaesthesia




So, I just read that snakes see most of the infrared spectrum clearly, at least at nighttime. And then I though, if we perceive oddly reflective trails as booger-ish or slimy, would this things (I can't call snakes "they" no matter how much I bring myself to it) perceive lukewarmth in the same way?

I'm totally not tripping, I'm actually pondering this while checking my email.



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Would something luke warm be perceived as shiny? I kinda doubt it; if I were to guess on an analogous perception, I would guess it was somewhat dark.
I do think there's likely no direct analogue in the perception of temperature versus our visible light spectrum, however; it might be more akin to describing a smell through comparison to sight. Keep in mind that snakes don't see IR with their eyes, but rather through a separate organ, the pit organs, along the rostrum.
Ankhanu on Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:45 pm
I'll make sure I'll take a remote control with me next time I'm walking through a field.

GET BACK. I HAVE A LASER.
Josso on Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:22 pm
@Ankhanu that's what I thought first, but it did seem easier to understand if conflated visual input; maybe I've seen too many movies or something, but I kind of visualized it sort of as predator-vision Razz

You're right in that it coming from a different organ altogether would mean an entirely different form of stimulus, but it somehow did make more sense right then.


Josso: Actually, since they've got some mad vibration-sensing skills too, maybe your best bet would be stomping real strong so they can totally notice you aren't edible
cfvergara on Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:54 am



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