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Dynamike
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Of course we only have 5 sense. But if we had 10 sense, what will 6 through 10 be?
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Actually, we have more than five senses:

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A broadly acceptable definition of a sense would be "A system that consists of a group of sensory cell types that responds to a specific physical phenomenon, and that corresponds to a particular group of regions within the brain where the signals are received and interpreted." There is no firm agreement as to the number of senses because of differing definitions of what constitutes a sense.

The senses are frequently divided into exteroceptive and interoceptive:

Exteroceptive senses are senses that perceive the body's own position, motion, and state, known as proprioceptive senses. External senses include the traditional five: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, as well as thermoception (temperature differences) and possibly an additional weak magnetoception (direction).[1] Proprioceptive senses include nociception (pain); equilibrioception (balance); proprioception (a sense of the position and movement of the parts of one's own body).

Interoceptive senses are senses that perceive sensations in internal organs.

Non-human animals may possess senses that are absent in humans, such as electroreception and detection of polarized light.

In Buddhist philosophy, Ayatana or "sense-base" includes the mind as a sense organ, in addition to the traditional five. This addition to the commonly acknowledged senses may arise from the psychological orientation involved in Buddhist thought and practice. The mind considered by itself is seen as the principal gateway to a different spectrum of phenomena that differ from the physical sense data. This way of viewing the human sense system indicates the importance of internal sources of sensation and perception that complements our experience of the external world.


For a lot more detail on each of these, see the complete article at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_senses
Heka Siosiri
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Humungous subject.
As Bob quoted are to be considered whatever brain regions translate the stimuli from the environment. So many that we should probably think to distinguish between senses and perception.
In fact it would bring to a dissection of the brain and a very long list (in the parietal lobe we process touch, in the occipital sight etc..).

I would go with the above plus others, superior and more anthropological and social senses.
For example just consider two of our main and most important means of perception, that not only let us do what we do but also be what we are:
- the sense of the spacial-self, controlled by our brain's right angular gyrus (which if stimulated by an electrode can provide OOTB experiences)
- the sense of our inner-self, an almost exclusively human trait, of the posterior cingulate and especially precuneus (which in a coma or deep anesthesia is turned off)

And again we could go on with senses of
- empathy
- humor
- metaphor & abstraction etc...

Let's stick with 5 Smile
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