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Yet another fascinating post. Thanks. I have a wolf-dog, and
she has vibrissa also. It is interesting to speculate how rats, bats,
("What Is It Like to Be a Bat" --E Nagel) wolves, whales "see" Reality
since both the hard wiring and the software are substantially different from ours
(tapetum in wolves etc), and how much of the way we view Reality is determined by
our senses ( I hope I am not sounding like Bishop Berkeley---"ecce percipi" is not what I am saying,
just how we probe and interpret external reality)...enough ontology.
How do you like your Prius? My fuel pump in my car bit the dust, and I am
considering getting a Prius. Good idea?

Yet another fascinating post. Thanks. I have a wolf-dog, and
she has vibrissa also. It is interesting to speculate how rats, bats,
("What Is It Like to Be a Bat" --E Nagel) wolves, whales "see" Reality
since both the hard wiring and the software are substantially different from ours
(tapetum in wolves etc), and how much of the way we view Reality is determined by
our senses ( I hope I am not sounding like Bishop Berkeley---"ecce percipi" is not what I am saying,
just how we probe and interpret external reality)...enough ontology.
How do you like your Prius? My fuel pump in my car bit the dust, and I am
considering getting a Prius. Good idea?

Jennifer:

An other fascinating post indeed. As an interested
"layperson", I find your work--demystifying science for us "laypeople"--absolutely fascinating and essential. Thank you for doing so for us and doing it in such a fun/enthusiastic way. It is truly appreciated!

Keep up the good work.

I had a cat that got his nose too close to a candle and singed the wiskers on one side of his face. A short time later he was running down the hall of my apartment to get to the sound of the can open. The kitchen required a 90 degree turn from the hallway, and my cat had made this turn at full speed on many occasions. But not that day. He tried turning too soon and hit the wall just to the side of the kitchen opening. We theorized (correctly it appears) that he was using his whiskers to tell him when it was time to turn.

Fun article. Quick correction: Kleinfeld is at UCSD (University of California at San Diego), part of the UC system like UCSB, and not USD (University of San Diego), a Catholic liberal arts college. Our work gets credited to USD or San Diego State more often than not (recent media examples: Sideways the book vs. movie, or Veronica Mars sets). No respect! =)

I just got hired at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics as a student assistant. I'm a senior here at UCSB and its amazing listening to the researchers throughout the halls discussing anything from teleportation to string theory.

Thank you so much! You've explained an elemental problem that's held me back for many years. All I have to do now is grow a beard to allow me into the spaces I've never been able to tread previously. Where were you twenty years ago?

Thank you so much! You've explained an elemental problem that's held me back for many years. All I have to do now is grow a beard to allow me into the spaces I've never been able to tread previously. Where were you twenty years ago?

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