I Sense You’re Incorrect

By September 8, 2011 Neat-o No Comments

Attention: Conversationalists –

How many senses do humans have?

We are taught to believe there are only five senses (thank you, Aristotle), but that does not give one of the Earth’s most complex creatures nearly enough credit.┬áThe fact is, (and I will explain with efficacy), we have more than five senses.

Your body is smart – you may not be, but it is. Without many of these senses, life would be…senseless (ha!) and short-lived. I’ll start with the familiar five:

  • Sight
  • Sound
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch

My research uncovered several additional senses, (courtesy of various sources1), listed below with explanations where needed:

  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Equilibrioception: balance, acceleration/deceleration, and directional changes
  • Pressure
  • Thermoception: internal and external temperature
  • Itch: this sense is separate from touch
  • Proprioception: location of body parts
  • Nociception: pain – cutaneous (skin), visceral (organs), and┬ásomatic (skeletal)
  • Magentoception: albeit weak, our detection of magnetic fields

Referencing the familiar five, which of your senses would you least like to live without?

I could not (and would not like to) imagine life with the lights turned off. My current surroundings are a sight short of anything worth writing about, but if I never got the opportunity to see these amazing stills of Earth’s scenery, I would not be a happy camper.

My to-do list just got updated.

1: This just being the best: How Stuff Works / The Learning Channel

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