“And I heard your voice as clear as day,
And you told me I should concentrate,
It was all so strange,
And so surreal,
That a ghost should be so practical.
Only if for a night”
—Florence + The Machine, “Only If For A Night”
Remove one sensory input and the others are heightened. Lacking vision, we process the world through smells, sounds, feel and instinct. Each takes on greater clarity in our consciousness. Spatial acuity takes on new meeting.
Remove the sense of sight, and the brain does its best to form visual representations of our surroundings, even though we aren’t physically receiving messages from our eyes. Recent research shows that sound waves act like light waves—blind people who are skilled in echolocation show similar activity in the visual cortex as those with fully functional optical systems…