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Filters and Perception
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fayanora From: fayanora Date: February 2nd, 2011 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Another good explanation is to describe a species that is better at communicating than baseline humans, and comparing one's self to homo sapiens sapiens, and comparing other people to this other species. Like Homo Sapiens Novus in "Darwin's Radio" and "Darwin's Children," by Greg Bear. Here we have a species that can have two audio conversations at once by talking out both sides of their mouth, and old Homo Sapiens Sapiens can't understand them when they do it. On top of that, they have melanophores (AKA "dapples") wherein they can have a third conversation while also talking out both sides of their mouth. Oh, and vomeronasal organs wherein they can smell each other's pheremones, for a fourth level of communication. (Fifth, if they still have standard nonverbal communication, which would be excessive I think.)
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