Gathering Data Through All Senses


Gathering data through all the sensory pathways—gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual.

Use your natural pathways!



“It is not easy to describe the sea without the mouth.”



“If all meanings could be adequately expressed by words, the arts of painting and music would not exist.”

John Dewey


“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”

Keanu Reeves


“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

Albert Einstein


“How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?”

E. M. Forster


“Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”

Native American proverb


“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.”

David Polis


“Seeing is different than being told.”

Proverb from Kenya


“By pushing the right biological buttons in the brain, scientists are finding they can make the future brighter for many children whose development otherwise would have been stunted…How the buttons work is perhaps the most amazing thing of all. The buttons are the senses: vision, taste, smell, touch and sound and they can be pushed by experiences from the outside world.”

Ronald Kotulak


“Observe perpetually.”

Henry James


“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”

Elizabeth Lawrence


“Nothing takes root in mind when there is no balance between doing and receiving.”

John Dewey


“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

Eden Phillpotts


“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.”

Robert M. Pirsig


“If I have learnt anything it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return.”

Margot Fonteym


“The dynamic interplay of neural activity within and in between systems is the very essence of brain function.”

Richard Restak


“…the research on the brain does not validate that we are singularly processing input or learning with a single sensory input.”

Eric Jensen


“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Berthold Auerbach


“If it isn’t used, it isn’t learned.”

Aleksandr Luria


“Personal participation is the universal principle of knowing.”

Michael Polanyi


“Motion is the context of living. We find meaning my and in our doing.”

Robert Kegan


“Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses.”

Latin proverb


“The more voices we allow to speak about one thing, the more eyes, different eyes we can use to observe one thing, the more complete will our concept of this thing, our objectivity be.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

Carl G. Jung


“All of us are watchers–of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway–but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.”

Peter M. Leschak, writer and firefighter


“Seeing many things, but thou observest not.”

Isaiah 42: 20


“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

John Burroughs


“One might equate growing up with a mistrust of words. A mature person trusts his eyes more than his ears. Irrationality often manifests itself in upholding the word against the evidence of the eyes. Children, savages and true believers remember far less what they have seen than what they have heard.”

Eric Hoffer


“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Frederick Buechner, author


“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”

J. Krishnamurti, Indian Philosopher


“If you will look carefully,
Listen carefully,
You will find a lot of things carefully.
Look … and listen.

It’s good to look carefully.
Listen carefully.
That’s the way you learn a lot of things carefully.
Look. Look…and listen.

Some things you see are confusing.
Some things you hear are strange.
But if you ask someone to explain one or two,
You’ll begin to notice a change in you.

If you will look carefully.
Listen carefully.
That’s a way to keep on growing carefully.
Look, look, look, and listen.”

Fred Rogers, 1970


“Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.”

Samuel Butler


“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”

Leonardo da Vinci


“Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators.”

Amos Bronson Alcott, educator and philosopher


“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Yogi Berra


“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

George Bernard Shaw


“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

John Muir


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoraeu


“All credibility, all god conscious, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.”

Friedrich Nietzshe


“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”

Gertrude Stein


“The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.”

Brooks Atkinson, American theater critic


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