The music starts, it is one of your favourite works. The sound waves make their way along your ear canal to your snail shell-shaped cochlea. The waves tickle your stereocilia; microscopic and reminiscent of well-ordered sea anemones detecting vibrations in water to indicate nearby prey.

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In this case though, it is sound waves – acoustic information that now becomes neural activity, hungrily gobbled up as distinct musical...

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