How many senses can human beings possess? I’m up to nine point five (and counting).

It is generally agreed that there are five human senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. This number is grossly inadequate to explain the sensorium,  but remains generally accepted because…generally…people are credulous sheep.

About three years ago I described personally witnessing a feat that can’t be adequately explained by the five accepted senses.

What I saw, dowsing, is likely a form of electromagnetic field detection. This is quite developed and extensively documented in numerous non-human creatures. Most homo sapiens have woefully underdeveloped “EM antennae”. But some, like the worker I witnessed or our very own commenter Billy, can do startling things.

So, what of other senses? The sense of balance, or equilibrioception is obviously just as real as any of the Big Five.  That plus “dowsing” (whatever dowsing actually is) brings our total to seven.

These seven are all “real time” perceptions. That is, they sense the environment and communicate their stimuli to the mind (whatever that is) as instantaneously as physics and biology allow.

To these seven (and counting) I would add three more. Don’t you have a definite sense of the past, the thing we call memory? It’s imperfect, sometimes even misleading…but that is true of the other senses.

And if there is a sense of the past, then what of the future? This is the murky one, with which I need help. Until this very minute I called it imagination, but imagination is obviously too broad a description.  Anticipation?  Whatever it is, it seems much stronger in humans than in any other creature.

If you reject this one, it’s perfectly understandable.  You might even say I anticipated that response…which is why it’s rated as “point five” of a sense, rather than an entire one.

However, there is no such doubt about the last sense. It not only exists beyond any doubt, it is ubiquitous among us. You probably can’t dowse water to save your life, you can be blind or deaf, you might even have total amnesia.  But if you lack this final sense, you are not a human being.

It is the sense of right and wrong. The word for it is conscience.

(If you have any ideas about further human perceptions, please share.  That would be sensational.)

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Trying to get back into a posting groove?

In the amount of time I agonize about not writing or blogging, I could probably put up a couple of Instapundit-pithy posts.

(Too late for this one, obviously.)

So, I’m currently reading the Mistborn fantasy trilogy.  It’s exceptionally good.  I’m no fantasy fan the way I’m a SF and science geek, but what’s not to love about the really good stuff?

Mistborn is really good stuff.  The stories are good, the characters are believable and memorable.  And the two “magic” systems, Allomancy and Ferrochemy, are very well thought-out and consistent.  Nice.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Double doom! Ha ha ha.


Still working in Illinois.  Haven’t been blogging for the same reason as always…what good would it do?

But America’s doom has accelerated so much in the last few days, how can I resist?  And since it would be uncouth to whisper I TOLD YOU SO!, let’s just glance into the guts of freedom’s ongoing vivisection.

Obviously today’s SCOTUS decision will only hasten the nation’s demise.  Justice Scalia said, “words no longer have meaning.”  For all Scalia’s brilliance, that statement is not true.  Newspeak words always have meaning.  In fact, they all have exactly the same meaning.  They mean “whatever you’re told.”   (The word “slave” is never added; it’s counter-productive until Big Brother takes over, and redundant afterwards.)

If Scalia were as interested in precision as your W.O.R.M.y host he’d have said, “words no longer have objective meaning.”  Such as applying the word “Justice” to John Roberts.

I agree with the people who wish Scalia had resigned in protest.  Thomas too.  It’s not like they’re doing any good or preventing any evil.  Let Obama nominate Bill Ayers to the court, and let the Republican brownnosers put him there.

Oh well.  C’est la vie.

That may be depressing, but the other thing is hilarious!  The Confederate Flag is coming down in SC and AL (so far), megastores are yanking it from stores to concentrate on Nazi memorabilia, flag manufacturers are ceasing production, and Apple is yanking every wargame that features it.

The Dukes of Hazzard’s fabled Dodge Charger, General Lee, is obviously SOL.  But why stop there when Robert E. Lee statues, schools, and memorials can also be demolished?  Jihadists tear down Buddhist temples everywhere they go, why should they have all the fun?

Also, Gone With The Wind needs to be…er…gone with the wind?  By all means, let’s delegitimize Hattie McDaniel‘s Academy Award!

And we’re just getting started.  Funny thing about lynch mobs…they develop a taste for it.

So, next on the list:  vanilla ice cream,, Betty White, Ron White, White Snake, and The White Album.  Also to be banned along with Hattie McDaniel:  Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s rice, and Amos n’ Andy’s Famous Cookies.

Civilization is doomed, doomed I tell you!

Also, have a nice day.

Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Going through bandwidth withdrawal.

My motel’s wifi is currently horrendous.  It took me almost ten frustrating minutes just to approve Tazio’s comment on the previous post.

Supposedly two routers are being replaced.  Until matters improve, my web presence is essentially null.  Can’t post, can’t surf, can’t explore my new locale except by–gasp!–leaving my room and physically exploring the locale.


Fortunately my Kindle has recently absorbed a HUGE collection of G.K. Chesterton’s works.  It can tide me over until this motel fixes the problem, or I find a new temporary home.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Socrates reborn.

Having not been around lately, I’m appalled to discover that a humanoid-generated comment has been languishing in Limbo for a week!  Obviously I’m about to approve it (for certain values of “approve”) but I wanted to share it here as well.  It was written in response to this post, “Progressives Are Mentally Retarded”.  Don’t know why someone is commenting on a 3-year-old post, guess it’s vital information.  As in:

You’re a load of ass ejected semen excrement.

“a preference for physical activity,
a preference for high excitement and low effort activities (video games, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll),”

Cover the basis for every facet of life, you uneducated mongoloid. Dunno who’s worse the proggie toad brains or your dumb ass. Another thing is the none-sense about Socialism causing more deaths in one century than in the entire recorded history. The first world war was started by a bunch of royal cunts’ kingdoms vying for control over all kinds of gobshite. This pile of manure being carry over from the pre-occurring imperialistic conflicts started yet by another former royal dynasty. The second world war you’re on about is a continuation of a response from a number of people fed up with royal-cunt none-sense you daft wanker. So before you open your inbred mouth stuff it with more Twinkies so I can’t hear a word you’re saying then proceed to use your gun rights to off yourself. Slainte to all your enemies, wormme.

Obviously no emotional or impulse control problems there!  I stand corrected.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

In Illinois for the summer.


Just started working at a DOE site that shall remain nameless (but it’s near Chicago).  Should be here about 16 weeks.

No overtime, and no family or friends here, so who knows?  I might put up a post or two soon.  It’s taken as long to climb out of the doldrums as it took to descend, but here I am.

Hope all of you are doing well.

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Shama llama ding dong.

I only now have heard about the llama saga.  The only value I could possibly add is to ensure that you’ve all read one of Odgen Nash‘s best:

The one-l lama,
He’s a priest.
The two-l llama,
He’s a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn’t any
Three-l lllama.*

(*Nash always added a footnote to the poem:  “The author’s attention has been called to a type of conflagration known  as a three-alarmer. Pooh.”)

All the best.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments