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sensorium

sen·​so·​ri·​um1 | / sen‐ˈsȯr‐ē‐əm /
plural sensoriums or sensoria / sen‐ˈsȯr‐ē‐ə /

noun

the parts of the brain or the mind concerned with the reception and interpretation of sensory stimuli

broadlythe entire sensory apparatus

First known use: 1613 or 16012
Etymology: Late Latin, sense organ, from Latin sentire


// The Skin of the Film to describe how film can impact our full sensorium.
— Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 

// One of the ways Egan re‐creates the sensorium of the internet is through huge, almost comical time jumps that reflect the bizarre processes of reconnection that digital life facilitates.
— Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 

// At times, this disorientation recreates the sensorium of misinformation that has defined this conflict.
— Jennifer Wilson, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 

// The Living Mountain prescribes a philosophy of bodily thinking, in which the body is a sensorium and the senses are avenues to knowledge.
— Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, 11 Apr. 2020 

// But the new sensorium allowed an exploration of the ocean’s depths that became crucial to science and commerce.
— The Economist, 10 Mar. 2018 

// Already there are people trying to embed new senses—and make no mistake of it, GPS is already an addition to the human sensorium, albeit still in an external device—directly into our minds and bodies.
— Tim O’reilly, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2017 

// For isolated American audiences, the sprawling circus collapsed the entire globe into a pungent, thrilling, educational sensorium of sound, smell and color, right outside their doorsteps.
— Janet M. Davis, Smithsonian, 22 Mar. 2017 

// For isolated American audiences, the sprawling circus collapsed the entire globe into a pungent, thrilling, educational sensorium of sound, smell and color, right outside their doorsteps.— Janet M. Davis, Smithsonian, 22 Mar. 2017


  1. Sensorium.” Merriam​-Webster​.com Dictionary, Merriam‐Webster, https://​www​.merriam​-webster​.com/​d​i​c​t​i​o​n​a​r​y​/​s​e​n​s​o​r​ium. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022. 

  2. Google Books Ngram Viewer – Google Product. books​.google​.com/​n​g​r​a​m​s​/​g​r​a​p​h​?​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​=​s​e​n​s​o​r​i​u​m​&​y​e​a​r​_​s​t​a​r​t​=​1​5​0​0​&​y​e​a​r​_​e​n​d​=​2​0​1​9​&​c​o​r​p​u​s​=​e​n​-​2​0​1​9​&​s​m​o​o​t​h​i​n​g=3. Accessed 29 Sept. 2022. 

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2023-1216
1700s · American · Boston · innovation · Inventor · patents · Philadelphia · polymath · Printer · Scientist · Statesman · Writer
Found: listening to Jill Lepore’s brilliant collection of essays, The Deadline: Essays. Specifically, she quoted Benjamin Franklin in Chapter 12, Valley of the Dolls, which is about the Barbie vs Bratz legal battle and …
2023-1205
1900s · 2000s · American · funny · humor · Writer
From an interview with the late, great Larry King. Back in 1975, six of his shows were being broadcast every week to a prime‐time audience:  “All in the Family”  “Maude” “Good Times” “The Jeffersons” “Sanford and Son” …
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Found this quote buried in some random folder on my hard drive—from a screenshot I took on March 10, 2021. 

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