General Musings

Echolocation

Bruce: Just like a…
Lucius Fox: Submarine, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine.
– The Dark Knight (2008)

*click* *click* *click*… Jack stumbled around with his arms flailing in all directions as he made irregular clicking sounds with his tongue. “Like licking peanut butter off the top of your mouth,” was how it was described. Jack wasn’t sure if was doing it right.

*click* *click* *click* *THUMP*… Jack stumbled back and rubbed his nose. Mental note: that’s the sound of a click’s echo off a solid door. He would have to remember that one for next time. He was pretty sure at that point that he wasn’t doing it quite right.

He had just listened to the latest episode of the new Invisibilia podcast, “Batman”, about blind people using echolocation to “see”. He thought it would simply be remiss of him not to give it a go. He had been under no illusion that he would be able to actually do it, but the meta-discussion about the effect that other people’s expectations had on you had been insightful enough for him to honour the podcast by giving it a hearty, albeit ill-fated, try.

As it turned out, it was just like that time he listened to a podcast about juggling. He couldn’t do that one either, at least not on his first try (maybe he needed to listen to that podcast about persistence and mastery, again). Though, he definitely remembered juggling being less painful.

REFERENCES:
Invisibilia Podcast – Batman
BBC News – Human Echolocation

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