Our cultures have no collective (generic) name for animals' panoramic sensory abilities. Most lanuguages have no clear descriptive name for the individual senses.

In English we use the terms 'peripheral vision' and 'peripheral hearing' to describe a secondary, subliminal way of sensing which is subordinate to a central focus point, for example when driving. Periphery means boundary or edge, it does not describe the whole picture.

The word is totally inappropriate to describe how animals use this sense. And there is no verb to decribe this activity; we can't 'panoram' (modern internet translators do not understand the word).

Our culture is blind to it, and blind to that experience of life.

The main reason for the lack of a name is ironical.

Animal trainers and researchers are only interested in animals' abilities to focus and learn tricks, solve puzzles, develop memory, and abstract thought. We want to know if and how animals can learn human abilities – there must be more than a million studies on such subjects.

And all the time, there was so much we could have been learning from them, and how they use their panorama senses.

We need clear words to think clearly.

Panoramic or Broadband Sensing

The Latin based languages have a far more appropriate term. Spanish, Italien, Rumanien etc. use the word 'panoramic'. However, for example: the French "la vision panoramique" is used to describe landscapes; but also to describe cameras and videos and the properties of car windshields.

And the word 'les sens panoramique' is never applied in a general way to seeing, listening and smelling. It refers to an overall, philosophical or political world-view.

The Germans call it "das peripherere Sicht". However in common lanuguage it's often called "die Rundumsicht", (Rundum: all-round, completely). Rundum is also an appropriate term.

However both panorama senses or all-round senses describe the entire field of vision. This is appropriate for how an artist looks at the world, combining background and movement. But animals are not interested in the background. If it stays still, it's safe! Animals use this sense to watch for movements and changes.

A new word is needed. A word which sums up the awareness of multiple small changes and movements – fluctuations in the continuum.

Privately i often use the word broadband sensing. This new word 'broadband' with its wide bandwidth of specialised data transmission – a multitude of signals which are perceived instantly – seems an ideal word to describe how animals actively sense a wide range of signals, movements and changes all at the same time.

I am wondering if i should perform (yet another) mass "find and replace" on panoraming and broadbanding?

However modern internet needs online translation services to work in multiple languages, and online translators (understandably) fail to get the sense.

At present i'm staying with panoraming, because the latin based languages use this and it is translated correctly. (Unlike focusing which is often translated as concentration.)

Other Languages

I am very interested in the Chinese, Russian, Tibetan, Hindu, Arab, etc. words used to describe panoramic sensing.

I find google translator can't help on this subject.
Individuals from different countries were asked "In English motorists are taught to use their peripheral vision. What are motorists in your country taught to use"

In Peru it's "la vista panorámica" or "visión panorámica"

"tarkith ala Bath aljanab" which means "Promote it on broadcast side"

tamarkoz be hashieh ... it asks if i mean a beautiful but incomprehensible word squiggle - which means ... Focus on the edge

Philosophical Afterthought

The lack of a clear or common name always indicates a lack of cultural recognition. And when there is a lack of cultural recognition, we can always expect a multitude of unresearched and unrecognised effects.

See also Ancient Cultures Names

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