Alvin Silverstein Nina M. Walsh - Essay

Nina M. Walsh

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The coverage of the five senses and the inner senses (kinesthetic receptors) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments is at best adequate [in The Sense Organs: Our Link With the World]; and, occasionally, the information provided is too scanty: e.g., the names of the three bones in the middle ear are omitted; in the demonstration of "blind spots," the text does not specify that you must close your right eye in order for the dot to disappear, etc. A fuller presentation, including some of the same experiments, is [Herbert S.] Zim's Our Senses and How They Work …; however, the Silversteins also treat plant sensitivity and modern research to improve the senses, and, unlike Zim, include an index.

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