Dominique: To go back to knowledge: Do you think vibration and sound transmission is a specific kind of knowing? How do you think is sound connected to knowledge?
Jeremy Narby: I actually go along with this when we talk in terms of human beings knowing things. You know, listening to a human voice sharing knowledge, telling you a story, a story in which there is knowledge, that is in my opinion a great way of transmitting knowledge. I think we live in a world increasingly of images. I’m not saying that we have to get rid of images for there to be true knowledge. Still, images have so invaded the space of understanding that it’s as if they get in the way of people really paying attention. It’s so easy to see an image, you can see it, think you get it and move on to the next image. And in fact, at no moment were you paying attention. Whereas the human voice, that’s… so I think radio is great, because that’s all there is. There’s no images getting in the way. And the human voice is very powerful.
Dominique: Also sound and vibration are very physical.. I think the human voice is powerful because it becomes physical, I can feel the vibration of someone’s voice. What about memories? Because in my experience memories get triggered much faster through hearing the related sounds than looking at images.
Jeremy Narby: Its sound and smell in terms of having a deep impact in the brain. On memories, on trauma, on getting to the root of what the person’s problem might be. So we shut off the images. And we turn up the volume and the smells.