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Aural and Aura

PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:28 pm
by Sabina

Maybe the aura cannot be seen but only heard?

aura –noun
    1. a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere: an aura of respectability; an aura of friendliness.
    2. a subtly pervasive quality or atmosphere seen as emanating from a person, place, or thing.
    3. Pathology. a sensation, as of lights or a current of warm or cold air, preceding an attack of migraine or epilepsy.

aural –adjective
    1. of or pertaining to an aura.
    2. of or pertaining to the ear or to the sense of hearing.

The etymologies for the two words are different, but there has got to be a connection...

Etymology of aura
1859, "subtle emanation around living beings;" earlier "gentle breeze" (late 14c.), from L. aura "breeze, wind, air," from Gk. aura "breath, breeze," from PIE base *awer-.

Etymology of aural
1847, "pertaining to the ear," from L. auris "ear" (see ear (1)) + -al (1). Meaning "received or perceived by ear" is attested from 1860.

What are your thoughts? Is there a relation between aura and aural?
Do you have any theory, hypothesis or thesis?

Re: Aural and Aura

PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:32 pm
by Ryan
Well... sound is a wave of a solid, gas, or liquid...right?
Sound can only be perceived by the ear at certain frequencies.
Some people can hear things others cannot.

Light being a wave as well...but only energy.
Light can only be perceived by the eyes at certain frequencies.
Some people can see better than others.

An aura is a wave of... something?
Auras can only be perceived by... something... at certain frequencies?
Some people can tune into auras better than others.

Re: Aural and Aura

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:40 am
by kai
Well an aura is typically considered to be something seen by the eyes, but what if it is actually something that is heard? The ears "hear" things by the cochlea vibrating in response to the sound waves. However what if these "waves" vibrate at a level we do not realize is a sound? Our body would then try to rationalize those vibrations in another manner. Light itself is a form of vibration that is emitted from energy and (as far as I know) the only other method of sensory perception where we specifically feel by vibration. So what if our body performs a form of synthesis by imagining the aura from a different sensory organ than it is actually being perceived from?