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Really Extreme Mountain Biking

by Elizabeth Ryan 


Tags: Elizabeth Ryan, science and technology, Daniel Kish, echolocation, visionaries, Psychology Today,

In a piece for Psychology Today, blogger and perceptual psychologist Lawrence Rosenblum went on a mountain bike ride with Utne visionary Daniel Kish, who is blind. Kish and a friend, Brian, who is also blind, demonstrated their ability to maneuver around obstacles by using echolocation, a method of navigating that involves making clicking noises with the tongue and then listening to how the sound is reflected off surfaces to determine the shape, size, and location of objects.

Rosenblum has trained sighted students in the echolocation method, and still he was impressed with his riding companions. “I hear clicks approaching from behind and Brian zooms past me,” writes Rosenblum. “I realize that when it comes to our riding, our most important difference is that he’s in much better shape.”

Source: Psychology Today