• Question: Is it possible that we are missing a sense because we don't have the organ to sense it? Like how if we didn't have eyes we wouldn't sense sight.

    Asked by TomHadden to Andy, Diana, James, Mary, Wil on 10 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Diana Kornbrot

      Diana Kornbrot answered on 10 Mar 2017:


      yes.
      for example we are not sensitive to ultraviolet light, but bees are. they also have 4 colur vision as the recptors in tehir eyes are wired differently to ours.
      some birds have a magentic sense that we do not have

    • Photo: Wilhelmiina Toivo

      Wilhelmiina Toivo answered on 10 Mar 2017:


      This is a really interesting question! I think this is possible – our senses are pretty limited if you compare us to other animals 🙂 for example, bats can sense ultrasounds, which are way beyond human hearing and we would have to have different type of ears to be able to detect that

    • Photo: James Gudgeon

      James Gudgeon answered on 13 Mar 2017:


      We do y necessarily need an organ to detect certain phenomena. You could imagine, as we already do with ultraviolet and magnetic fields, that we simply need to change the information format to something that we can detect!!

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