Sight, the most human of senses, owes everything to that which is alive. That which is newly alive commands even more of the eye’s consideration.
May 7 2007
Whereas smell seems to react most profoundly to the dead.
I read recently that most scientists agree that we have at least 7 senses — balance and kinesthesia being the two that I wasn’t taught in pre-school. Some even think we have up to 11.
Hmm, do you think an argument could be made that balance is a subset of hearing? After all, it is premised on certain organs in the ear.
I think senses are defined by the fact that a single organ is responsible for aggregating the sensory data. In that case, an ear differs greatly from, say, an eyeball because it is merely a flap of flesh that houses several organs.