The blog of Michael Jawer explores how emotion shapes extraordinary sensitivity.RSS Feed
Unimagined Sensitivities—Series Conclusion 1 August 2017Death—and its close relative, trauma—may trigger perceptions that subvert the normal bounds of space and time. The fascinating evidence merits serious investigation.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 12 30 July 2017A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11 22 July 2017Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 10 9 July 2017It’s possible that searing trauma – experienced by humans or other creatures similarly endowed – produces effects that are simultaneously physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 9 5 July 2017The deeply felt nature of people-pet relations often manifests in anomalous reports. This may reflect the way other animals apprehend feelings and their emotional bond with people.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 8 27 June 2017Beyond the five senses we humans know, some of the sensory capacities more prominent in other creatures may be intimately connected with health, danger, and emotion generally.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 7 18 June 2017A person who is highly sensitive to her or his feelings—and to others’ feelings—is likely to be extra sensitive to her or his environment.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 6 4 June 2017Many creatures are known to become agitated before natural disasters. Emotional information – warnings – may be what they’re able to derive through infrasound or other means.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 5 3 June 2017Elephants are able to detect and use infrasound, which radiates below the threshold of human hearing. Infrasound can travel vast distances unimpeded by land, air, or water.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 4 2 June 2017Orcas have a unique ability to ‘transmit’ a sense of who they are—and ‘probe’ the people they’re with.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 3 29 May 2017Dolphins and killer whales possess a seeming capability to read minds that human beings neither possess nor suspect.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 2 27 May 2017When elephants encounter their dead, they become quiet and tense.They also become agitated at the imminent death of a fellow. These behaviors are suggestive of mourning and grief.