Response Post #1 Poetry of the senses

What if our ways of knowing the world are not as obvious, superior and natural as we may think?

Instead of just viewing sense we must know how to approach our senses how to study our senses and how to see the history behind our senses.

How can an object tell a story without speaking?

What is taste without smell? What is smell without vision?

What is society? Do we have to follow certain odour standards to be a part of this society ? Then why? What’s wrong with our natural scent?

Do all individuals experience the same thing when he/she uses the sensoria in that particular way? Or will the experiences be different but ultimately have the same conclusion?

How can one truly get an adequate and whole sense of our world by observing it through only one sense?

Until we realize this restriction and make an effort to break free from it, we will waste away the beauty of our senses and the variety of experiences it could possibly give us.

As the world continues to be in constant movement, we are better off looking at it through the dynamic prism of holism and appreciation.

Being able to touch and smell things give a much better and broader ethnographic experience.

I think Sensory Museums are a wonderful, if not unsanitary, idea.

Our senses are more important to us than we ever knew.

In this time and place scent was seen to cross the boundaries of life and death, worldly and divine, man and God, the soul and Christ.

I started to dislike the scent of roses after going to my grandparent’s funerals. Sometimes, I would walk by and catch their scent and I would feel such fear. I would always associate this scent to death and sorrow.

“Seselelame” can be thought of a “sixth sense.” It doesn’t really involve any of the five senses. It’s something that your instinct feels.

Can we facilitate seselelame, an experience that is at once sensorial, emotional, and capable of triggering memorative and intellectual associations?


About mriceanthropologist

Michael Rice is an Anthropology student at York University. He is a heavy metal fan who enjoys rocking out to Black Sabbath, Slayer, Slipknot, and Iron Maiden.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Senses Course. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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