In school, they taught me that humans have five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
This is silly. We have many more wonderful senses than that. Some people like to say “and proprioception!”, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Lately, I've been trying to notice all the various ways I perceive the world.
With my lungs, I can perceive a lot of things about the air in my environment. I can tell the difference between very humid air and dry air. I can sense certain pollutants when I feel nausea, even without smelling them directly. If my airways are blocked, I can feel the low pressure inside my lungs when I try to breathe in, and the high pressure when I try to breathe out.
When I eat something, my digestive system gives me information about which nutrients were in it. Is it satisfying? Does it feel [...]Continue reading The Umpteen Senses...