The World According to Carp: The Marvelous Richness of Animal Sensory Perception 


We tend to think of ourselves as the epitome of evolution. Yet, in terms of innate sensory abilities we take a back seat to many other kinds of animals. Of course, modes of sensory perception depend on ecological context. Nevertheless, the wide spectrum of sensory modalities available to life is far richer than we can know through direct experience. From superhuman versions of the classical five senses to apprehension of electromagnetic fields and pulses (and much more), these strange modalities of sensory perception engender unique worlds of awareness and thus alien kinds of consciousness.




Reading: Ed Yong, An Immense World, ISBN  978-1847926098 (paperback), ISBN 978-0593133231 (hard cover).

About the Instructor

Fred Cichocki  is a longtime college professor (15 years with MSC) and natural history museum curator, with a doctorate in evolutionary biology and ecology rom The University of Michigan .  His interests are eclectic, ranging from evolutionary theory and systems ecology through human ecology, traditional natural history, and on to the “Big Picture.”


Fred Cichocki


1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
8-week course
Begins February 13, 2023



On Zoom; meets Presidents Day