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September 3, 2022

Catfish taste with their whole bodies - and that’s just one way animals sense the world totally differently than.

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Every animal has its own thin slice of the fullness of reality that it can detect, known as "umwelt."

Even though we all inhabit the same planet, each species experiences it very differently.

No animal can sense everything. There is so much sensory information in the world, that detecting all of it would be overwhelming. It's also unnecessary for survival.

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About Ed Yong:
Ed Yong is a Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer on the staff of The Atlantic, where he also won the George Polk Award for science reporting, among other honors. His first book, We Contain Multitudes, was a New York Times bestseller and won numerous awards. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times, Scientific American, and more. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Liz Neeley, and their corgi, Typo.


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