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Seeing With Tongues

We use our eyes to see, so it seems logical to conjecture that if you didn’t have eyes, you couldn’t see. What I love about science is that these sorts of limiting beliefs routinely get blasted out of the water.

A fascinating series of experiments points out that we see with our brains, not our eyes. Consequently, you can substitute a patch of skin, or, even better, the tongue, for eyes when it comes to “seeing.” With a day of training, the people in these trials can see as well with their tongues as I can without my glasses. Which isn’t very well, but it’s a start.

(Hat tip to the amazing folks at SPECTRE who routinely send me the most interesting things I read.)