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Why Morse code is actually a really weird way to communicate

An excerpt from Your Brain is a Time Machine.
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A morse code receiver.

The following is excerpted from Your Brain is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time by Dean Buonomano.

We have seen that humans and other animals engage in a wide range of temporal tasks, timing the delays it takes sound to arrive from one ear to another, the duration of red lights, or the rotation of the Earth around its axis. These tasks rely on the timing of isolated intervals or durations; the temporal equivalent of judging the length of an object. In contrast, speech and music recognition require determining the temporal structure of complex temporal patterns: of putting together many temporal pieces to make out the whole.

Dean Bunomano

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