Re: Hedonistic Imperative

From: KPJ (
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 10:04:03 MDT

It appears as if <> wrote:
| writes:
|> Hence it's thought to result from
|> idiosyncratic "wiring defects", much like sneezing from sunlight (hmm -
|> IS a synesthesia now that I think of it. It really does feel like there's
|> something in my nose.)
|Have we talked about that phenomenon here before? That happens to me, and
|I've never known anyone else that has that response to suddenly going out
|into bright sunlight.

If one goes into bright sunlight from a dark area,
then this means that the eyes will start to water,
as a standard biological eye protection procedure.

The excess water (``tears'') moves through the tear
channels into the inside of the nose. This occurs
e.g. when people cry and thus have to blow their noses.

Could this explain the sneezing reaction you refer to?

In India, there exists a procedure to wash the insides
of the nose, using a saline solution (same salinity as
in tears). The users of this procedure claim it makes
the nose less irritated to air-pollution, and so on.
Perhaps it also minimizes the sneezing reaction?

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