Friday, 26 February 2010

Sixth Sense? Seventh?



How many senses do you have? Five?

Are you sure?

When I was little I had a very pronounced sixth sense, though I couldn't use it consciously: it seemed only to function while I was sleeping. I would, quite reliably, rotate in my bed to align myself north-south... and if my bed wasn't the right way round, I'd fall onto the floor.

Magnetoception is a recognised phenomenon in migratory birds, who use it to navigate, but humans aren't supposed to have it... personal experience suggests that's nonsense! Although I do wish I could use it consciously.

In fact, we all have more senses than we might be able to name. One of my favourite is proprioception, which relates to your knowledge of where the various parts of your body are at any given moment - and enables clever things like pushing a needle up through fabric in just the right place.

Check out the Wikipedia page on sense for a list of human senses, then come back and let me know if any of them surprise you. Which is your most important sixth sense?

25 comments:

Kazzy said...

That north-south thing is amazing! I had a little boy in my sepecial ed class last year that had no sense of space at all. He had to touch everything around him constantly to ground himself.

Chef E said...

That was an interesting read indeed!

My son and I both are Kinesthetic learners, so it makes sense, no pun intended, lol

You are so interesting! Liking these post!

L.C.T. said...

Clever - I never knew that.

Tabor said...

None of these surprise me and I am guessing there will even be others as we sort through all the DNA and brain scanning. My most important sixth sense is feeling the tension build in a room.

Samantha Gianulis said...

great, provocative post! i am reading a book now which references noetic science. i'm a believer in everything you mentioned.

no such thing as coincidence!

Stephanie V said...

My most important sense is the proprioception, I guess, since I can get that needle to come up where I want it to.
I also have a good sense of direction but I think it's more the ability to navigate mazes - with or without cheese - than the magnetoception as described.

lakeviewer said...

Fascinating! The things you learn when you move around and visit the other parts of the world.

Vesper said...

Really neat. Awesome post!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Wow, I had never heard of this north-south sixth sense before, that's fascinating! Sadly, I don't think I possess a sixth sense like you! Bummer!

Crystal said...

Interesting post. Happy Saturday Sharefest from SITS. I've always been in touch with a sense that most of those around me don't have. It's quite interesting. I guess I have a sixth sense, LOL, at least that's what we call it. When I was in graduate school for Counseling we were talking one day w/ a professor about the brain & how much of our brain is NOT used & is unknown. It really makes for some interesting research, but then again research is so science based. You really have to be able to look outside the box in regards to these things. A little giggle, next time you see a Schizophrenic or someone you know is truly mentally ill, just think for a moment that maybe "Bob" (their friend) IS really there! (at least in their brain)

Sandra said...

we do use and try to learn the Kinesthetic sense to our patients regularly! It really changes a lot when following it!

Jim Murdoch said...

I’ve always been fascinated by those other abstract senses, a sense of honour, a sense of place, a sense of wonder... You get the idea.

SuE said...

thanks for stopping by my blog.....

it would be awsome if i had six sences or maybe seven....i mean c'mom....if you can see the future or fly in the air....or get invisible...how awsome would that be...

christine said...

I'm sure your dad could find a photo or two of you sleeping on the floor at right angles to your bed until I heard the radiio programme that solved the problem.

Parking the caravan was the worst, and the bang as you fell to the floor if we got it wrong, ooch. Thank goodness you grew out of it xx

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

This is such a great post - you've inspired me to learn more! Thank you for sharing this!
Susan

Kathy Sprinkle said...

Very interesting!

I'm blog hopping this SITS Saturday because my Sweetie is away tonight. Thanks for a fun stop on my tour. I really like it here!
Kathy over at Everyday Bliss
http://blisspot.blogspot.com/

Lynda said...

Fascinating, I've learnt a few things today I never knew - thanks for sharing :)

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Interesting article!

I'm not sure whether what I had is 6th sense, but every time I told myself 'You better do this right, I can tell something bad is gonna come out of this' and then I end up getting the brunt and telling myself why didn't I do it properly when I've already warned myself earlier?! Arghh...

Btw, I hopped over to your blog from Terra Del Sole's after reading your comments about some blogs just being ads. Totally agree!

Unknown Mami said...

Well, I am most definitely missing a sense of direction. Oh well.

Thank you sooo much for visiting on my SITs day!

Kimberly said...

I think that is fascinating. I will have to read more about this. Thank you for peeking my interest in it.

Amberlynn said...

Oh, I forgot about proprioception! My psych classes however, have always said eqilibrioception is our sixth sense and like a "good little student" I never thought much more about it. Interesting read, I must say.

PS You LIKE X' theory? For me, it's one of those topics that I like learning about..not actually doing the work, lol. Any chance I can send my hw your way? Just kidding. Sorta...

Julie said...

Amazing that you rotated yourself while sleeping... and you've given me a lot to think about. What have I been doing that could be another sense?

Although on second thought - that might be a little creepy and I might be afraid of what I would learn! :)

Stopping by from SITS - have a blessed day!

lynnegood said...

Thanks for the warm SITS welcome!

w said...

ohhh proprioception. that's a great thing! also. i don't think my proprioception is all that great because i poke myself with needles all the time.

this was an interesting read!

Holly said...

I am going to look...my son always claims he scan see things and the future....

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