November 11, 2008

vibrational senses

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:09 am by changisme

So the new theory is that our sense of smell doesn’t base on the shape of molecules but rather the vibrational frequencies of the bonds. The support is that molecules with very similar shapes smell drastically different while those with similar frequency spectra smell very similar. As for how our nose does it, there is only a proposal, or I should say, some mechanisms have been proposed as possible in our physiology, but not known to be a fact.

This is very interesting, because our vision, hearing and touch are all vibrational, now adding the sense of smell? Is taste then a different sense from all the others? Is this another beautiful tough tough question in the science Tri Bond?

If our perception of the world is so based on vibration, it makes me think of the nature of our detection of information. Is it another extension of the uncertainty principle that, if we can only detect vibration or movement, then we have to absolutely acknowledge the nonexactitude of all that we know. I personally haven’t a clue how quantum mechanics work, but if that’s the case, are all sensories more or less a detection of vibration, ie, even in a smaller scale?

How about time? Time flows forward as we detect them, is that a trivial kind of vibration? What is vibration anyway? Maybe the vibration a chemist talks about is different from the vibration a physicist talks about? One in a larger molecular scale, one being the quantum level electron clouds? Umm… I’m not sure, all very very fascinating…..

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