To an individual trained in bird song
s, it is easy to identify the screech
of a Blue Jay
or the four note call of the red-wing blackbird
. Bird songs are often as unique as plumage
For the vast majority of people, the sense of sight is trained and honed. Large portions of our brain are dedicated to processing visual images. The processing of faces has been pinpointed in the brain - it is something that is important to social animals. It should come as no surprise that we want to see something to believe it, after all - "seeing is believing".
For someone who was born blind they wonder how people choose to use such a limiting sense as sight that only gives an image of a select area of the world around them. A person born deaf often learns how to read lips and pick up on visual cues that are much more subtle than those that someone with all five senses pick up upon. An individual I knew who was deaf and blind had an amazing sense of touch.
There are people in the perfume business who are known as noses who can pick out individual scents in the smell - think of the movie Scent of a Woman. Some who taste various foods can pick out individual flavor components. A philosophy teaching assistant who was also a bartender (one of the few professions where a PhD in Philosophy is worth something) knew his whiskey. There are people who can identify the particular vineyard of a winery and its year that a wine came from.
The only advantage that vision has is that we use it so much in our everyday lives. Listen. Feel. Taste. Smell. Enjoy all the senses. None of them is more accurate than another, but rather some that we depend upon and others that we tend to ignore.