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If you had NONE of the 5 senses, would you be ALIVE?

  1. Jan 10, 2004 #1
    Yes, you could be but would you know it? I mean, if you were born without any senses, how would you develop thought without having learned a language? What a predicament. Has this ever happened before, where a baby was born without any of its senses?
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2004 #2
    Perception is reality. You would be alive in our world, hence the reason you ak if a baby has been BORN like this ;), but if you had none of the senses, you would have no way of experiencing anything. You couldn't smell, you couldn't control your body as you dont know what is going on, you can't feel hunger, pain, etc.

    Fact is, to be born like this, you'd have to have so many defects, I would imagine a live birth would a low probability, and if so, anymore than a very short life would be a miracle.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2004 #3
    You couldn't. The basis of language is having mental symbols for things and actions so that you can think about them when they aren't right there in front of you. With no ability to percieve anything in the first place, there would be no ability to form symbols, and following from that, no thought.

    Although they are able to percieve in many ways, people born deaf are rather in this position vis a vis thinking and language, untill such time as they learn a sign language. Oliver Sack's remarkable book Seeing Voices gives a fantastic insight into the problems created when a person has just one sence less, never mind having no sences. The mere ability to name things, refer to them, comment on them when they aren't right there in front of you, comes as a revelation to a deaf person learning sign if they weren't raised with it.

    So, without any sences there would be no consciousness.
     
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  5. Jan 10, 2004 #4
    Is telepathy a sixth sense?
     
  6. Jan 10, 2004 #5
    Hummm 5 senses ??? all wired into one Brain, that functions exactly the same way as the informational transfers that are neurally generated, how would you separate any of the "senses" seperate from the identical neuronal operation that transmits, simply, different information (Hot as opposed to pressure/touch) without the deletion of the sense, resulting in what is simply a Brain dead condition...hence no 'sense' (point is, there is only one 'sense', we feel, thats all, thats it)

    So from there, yes, brain dead humans can be kept alive, and can (some) survive on there own (sans machinery) living systems, but vegetable is more the word that would come to mind, plus immobile(?) as no inputs (outputs too?) to function muscles properly...
     
  7. Jan 10, 2004 #6
    No. If it exists the soonest we can fit it in on the list is about # 8. #6 must be sence of balance. and #7 must be proprioception.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2004 #7
    No, actually "root 'one' sense"
     
  9. Jan 10, 2004 #8
    I would like to change what I said above:

    "The basis of language is having mental symbols for things and actions so that you can think about them when they aren't right there in front of you."

    to read:

    "The basis of thought is having mental symbols for things and actions (language) so you can think about them when they aren't right there in front of you.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2004 #9
    Nope! Sorry Zoob, no post post changes allowed, you stand as you wrote it the original way and we are all not going to hold that against you!
     
  11. Jan 11, 2004 #10
    You'd get a better response if you posted this in biology.
     
  12. Jan 11, 2004 #11
    Nah! simple reality, you are distracted into thinking you have five senses, when in fact all you can really do is "feel", it's in "quotes" cause you need to realize that those "feelings" include your thought/thinking process, hence the reality of someone experiancing something as simple as a 'new concept' ends up telling of a "light bulb" experiance, then, (rather self deceptively) thinking it is "enlightenment" rather then simply The learning process...
     
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