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Dictionary

sense : (a) faculty of perceiving by means of sense organs (b) specialized function or mechanism (as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch) by which an animal receives and responds to external or internal stimuli (c) sensory mechanisms constituting a unit distinct from other functions (as movement or thought) — Webster

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Encyclopedia

Sense A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. The senses and their operation, classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology (or cognitive science), and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory nervous system, and a sense organ, dedicated to each sense.

Humans have a multitude of senses. Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) are the five traditionally recognized senses. The ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by these most broadly recognized senses also exists, and these sensory modalities include temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception), vibration (mechanoreception), and various internal stimuli (e.g. the different chemoreceptors for detecting salt and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood, or sense of hunger and sense of thirst). However, what constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate, leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a distinct sense is, and where the borders between responses to related stimuli lie. — Wikipedia (Category)

Encyclopædia Britannica

Portal

The Nervous System Portal (Scientist Cindy), The Human Body: Nervous System Portal (Wikipedia)

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Innovation

Science

What is synesthesia? (Thomas J. Palmeri, Randolph B. Blake and Ren Marois, Scientific American)
Synesthesia (Neuroscience for Kids)
Synesthesia (Wikipedia)

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Preservation

History

A Natural History of the Senses (Diane Ackerman)
(Wikipedia)

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USA.gov

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Fun

Humor

5 Senses Jokes (ArcaMax)

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OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

Fiction

This Vest Lets You Feel What Your Favorite Fictional Characters are Experiencing (Lauren Landry, BostInno)
MAS S65: Science Fiction to Science Fabrication (MIT Media Lab)

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