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The Science and Art of Listening

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The Science and Art of Listening
By SETH S. HOROWITZ. Published on November 9, 2012

‘Listening is a skill that we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload…’

Because listening tunes our brain to the patterns of our environment faster than any other sense, and paying attention to the non-visual parts of our world feeds into everything from our intellectual sharpness to our dance skills…’

‘It’s your life line, your alarm system, your way to escape danger and pass on your genes…’

‘…But listening, is hard when potential distractions are leaping into your ears every fifty-thousandth of a second — and pathways in your brain are just waiting to interrupt your focus to warn you of any potential dangers…’

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