Author’s Prefatory Notes

The Origins of This Investigation into the Human Sensorium

The roots of this exploration of our sensorium began for the author as early as 1960, when the functional disparity between macular vision and peripheral vision in humans became an object of curiosity. The curiosity intensified, comparing our human visual system to those found in other species, as in the case of, for example, dragonflies, with their visual apparatus providing panoramas approaching 360° in extent.

Such disparities naturally drove curiosity about the disparate worldviews such sensory systems would present to each of the two species: Homo sapiens and Anax junius, the common Green Darner dragonfly.

On the one hand, we, humans, omnivorous tool builders ...

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