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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Daniel Kish navigates the world like a bat does"and he does so without ever leaving the ground.


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After losing his vision as an infant, Kish taught himself to move around with the help of echolocation. Like bats, Kish uses his mouth to produce a series of short, crisp clicking sounds, and then listens to how those sounds bounce off the surrounding landscape. (Our winged neighbors tend to emit these clicks at frequencies humans can't hear, but Kish's clicks are perfectly audible to human ears.) From there, Kish makes a mental map of his environment, considering everything from broad contours"like walls and doors"down to textural details.


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My enemies will never see this coming.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-01 11:51 PM | Reply

We spent a lot of time doing these activities as a child at the blind school next door.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-02 02:03 AM | Reply

Pinch-hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota mota mota

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-02 02:09 AM | Reply

Really, children are more willing to use other means of sensing. It's not hard to realize how a deaf person can feel your footsteps, or similarly the blind recognize your gait. Using them together or isolated focus imply that we first imagine our environment then correlate with senses. I guess.

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-02 07:26 AM | Reply

Quite amazing.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-02 08:49 AM | Reply

#4 I'm always shocked about how people startle at my presence, like they can't tell I'm there. I almost never startle. And it's not military training or hunting experience either. Friends try to do it to me on purpose now to see if they can.

When I was a kid I used to sneak up on cats.

This is so common even my boss remarks on it. I'm going to look for a support group for unintentionally invisible people. I really do need to understand this, because it is really not normal. I startle bruisers just by saying "Hey", and I'm the epitome of an average Joe looking person.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-02 08:52 AM | Reply


It would be interesting to test your empathy and precognition. Do you experience deja Vu? Do you play poker? I have met very few people who display your quiet gift.

#7 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-02 09:10 AM | Reply

#7 I've only had precognitive dreams twice and I'm a vivid serial dreamer so *that* is statistically likely. I don't gamble.

Here is my theory:

People have an unconscious electrosense, like the active one in fish and some mammals. I measure 100,000 ohms on a multi-meter, and I can drop it to 20,000 or boost it to 300,000 by thinking about it. Everybody I have ever measured is a million ohms give or take a tiny amount.

I can make a radio go static by putting my hand fingers extended towards the antennae. I used to do this as a party trick, people freak on it.

I'm what fishermen call a "fish anti-magnet". I have never caught a fish despite extreme effort, even when people up and down the river are catching right and left and it doesn't matter what hole I go to. People that stand next to me can't catch either and it mystifies the hell out of them. But fish electrosense.


#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-02 09:54 AM | Reply

#7 Hey if you want to test me airline tickets are really cheap right now. Bring your own multi-meter (I've got two) and an old radio with a real antenna so you know it's not a trick. We can use drop-box temp e-mails and then meet. If you don't have the gear we can grab it at a local pawn shop. People are pawning everything right now. I just picked up a 4kw generator for a song.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-02 10:23 AM | Reply

"I measure 100,000 ohms on a multi-meter, and I can drop it to 20,000 or boost it to 300,000 by thinking about it."

Wash your hands.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-02 12:58 PM | Reply

Oh good grief. Another GITMBOY. Just what we need. Sighhhh

#11 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-04-02 03:16 PM | Reply

#10, #11 This is why you million ohm people have to wear the red shirts. I get yellow. Look, if you want to survive your careers, learn biofeedback. If you can get it to a half million you at least qualify for the blue shirt.

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-03 06:32 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by redlightrobot

Wait, there are others? "Quiet gift". Need more.

#13 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-04-03 06:34 PM | Reply

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