Sensory Overload or Sensory Poverty?

Diane Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, wrote a great piece last week for The New York Times exploring the idea that while many of us are experiencing information overload, we are also "living in sensory poverty, learning about the world without experiencing it up close, right here, right now, in all its messy, majestic, riotous detail".

She examines the importance of presence (awareness of, and connection to, where we are in any given moment) and ends with this: "On the periodic table of the heart, somewhere between wonderon and unattainium, lies presence, which one doesn’t so much take as engage in, like a romance, and without which one can live just fine, but not thrive."

Read the full blog post here:

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday June, 19, 2012 at 06:33AM


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