I had what I think is a brilliant thought. Maybe not, but here goes.
All humans have five senses right? Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing and Touch.
Human Sense Organs
As far back as the 1760's, the famous philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed that our knowledge of the outside world depends on our modes of perception.
In order to define what is "extrasensory" we need to define what is "sensory". Traditionally, there are five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch,
and hearing. Each of the senses consists of specialized cells that have receptors for specific stimuli. These cells have links to the nervous system
and thus to the brain. Sensing is done at primitive levels in the cells and integrated into sensations in the nervous system. Sight is probably the
most developed sense in humans, followed closely by hearing.
All along we have assumed that since humans share the same 5 senses, our perceptions would naturally be common, similar, or the same.
What if our five senses (commonly shared) were consciously realized to be unique to the reciever/perceiver. (maybe they have and I'm just now
figuring it out)
Just because we have sight does not prove that we "see" exactly the same way. Take color for example. I see colors and name them according to a
universal color chart list. What about the people who are color blind. They still see color, but the hues and tones are not perceived exactly the
same by individuals. We need a color chart, or box of crayons to determine the exact shade we are seeing in order to come to an agreement on the
And sound. Each one of us are capable of hearing. But the pitch and tone we hear is also unique to the perceiver. I can hear high pitched sounds
that people around me can't hear. But we all share the sense of sound. Some forms of music grate my nerves yet another person will find pure joy in
the same sounds. ???
Taste. Same thing. We all know that our sense of taste is common, but we have preferences for certain tastes. I hate the taste of beer. But many
people love the taste of beer. Hmmm?
Smell. Last night after a heavy rain, I smelled a metalic, musty odor. My husband smelled earthworms. LOL I love the scent of patchouli, some
people think it smells like lysol.
Touch. Can you really accurately describe the sensation you receive when you touch something? Or is our attemps at describing the sensation we
experience when feeling an item exactly the same as someone else's description?
Now, I come to the reason why I put this in the conspiracies in religions forum. (which has now been moved to the proper forum by a moderator
How simple is it to realize that we perceive our world individually through the five common senses? Attempting to describe a creator entity and its
reason for being is as unique to the individual as our perceptions of our five senses.
Since we all share the five common senses, yet perceive the world around us individually through them, this would explain the thousands of
interpretations of a creator entity.
What do you think? Have I explained this brilliant stroke of insight adequately? Do you see, hear, smell, taste and touch exactly like the person
closest to you? Do you believe in the exact same creator as the person closest to you? If so, why? I mean really examine why you believe in your
chosen religion so determinedly, is it because you have sensed God or is it because the explanations, traditions and rituals are comfortable to your
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