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A Sixth Sense?

 
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A Sixth Sense?
Alaska Science Forum
November 8, 1979


A Sixth Sense?

Article #352

by T. Neil Davis



This column is provided as a public service by the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, in cooperation with the UAF research community. T. Neil Davis is a seismologist at the institute.



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Do humans and animals sometimes display a sixth sense? If so, how does that sixth sense operate?

People and many animals traditionally have been recognized as having been endowed with five senses. These--sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell--provide the stimuli that allow most animals to sense their environments and to operate effectively within it.

One can argue that animal senses tend to come in pairs, according to the mechanisms involved. Taste and smell form one pair in that both operate chemically. Molecules to be tasted or smelled are first dissolved in water within the mouth or nose, and the actual sensing by taste buds or olfactory cells is through chemical action. Of this pair, taste can be considered as a contact sense because an object to be tasted has to go into the mouth. On the other hand, smell works at a distance; we can smell a flower without contacting it.



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Sixth sense . . .I see ALIVE people!!!

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