We have five senses.
Smell and taste detect chemical properties
Vision detects light waves of a certain spectrum
Hearing detects mechanical vibration
Feeling detects differences in heat and pressure
But what about other things? Do we have more than five senses? How do we explain the feelings of pain and pleasure? Pleasure is more than just, say, a relief from pressure, or any other describable physical sensation. You can't describe an exact sensation. You can't quantify it. You have to have experience of it in order to know what it feels like.
Pain is, of course, the response of nerves to specific temperature, pressure, chemical or other sensations caused primarily by outside sources. It is possible for the body to cause itself pain as well, but when it does it is still forces/chemicals being detected by nerves.
Pleasure, on the other hand, is a chemical being introduced into the brain tissues, where nerves interpret it as pleasure. It is not, in the ordinary sense of the word, another sense as it cannot sense the environment at all. Just internal chemical changes.
There is the sixth sense of intuition. Intuition is necessary for survival. Those folks (animals use this sense, as well...) who do not use this sense have diminished potential for survival. Sense of proximity is based on what? if not intuition? And every one knows they have this sense.
Of course, there are those who bump into poles all the time when looking down as they walk along. Unless, they never look down as they walk along.
I agree. But I wonder, what exactly it is that is detected? And by what organ or part of the body?
Senses typically refer to sensing environmental stimuli, which intuition does not do.
And can you point to the organ/cellular structure where this sense resides? To the nerves transferring the information to the brain?
I think your sixth sense is more properly termed "thought" and/or "memory". Not a sixth sense at all.
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