Bleeding Edge

by Mike Masnick

Scientists Discover Sixth Sense?

from the mindsight dept

Some researchers think they may have discovered part of what is commonly referred to as the sixth sense, which they refer to as "mindsight" - having your brain realize that something's not right before you can explain exactly why. The researcher in question claims that his studies show this is completely separate from actual sight, because the two "senses" don't seem to respond the same way in multiple experiments. There's also the interesting suggestion that some people in the tests who didn't appear to have "mindsight" may be drowning it out with an overdose of rational thinking, saying that what their mindsight is telling them couldn't be possible.

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    Ed Halley, Feb 5th, 2004 @ 7:36am

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    I don't see how 'cognitive dissonance,' or other artifacts of the input processing mechanisms, could classify as a new sensory path.

    I have often wondered why the sensation of temperature and time are not seen as first-class sensory paths.

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 5th, 2004 @ 1:36pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Temperature is just Touch, really. Time? It's a factor of our backward-reflecting brains, but not really even a sense; it's a quantity we mark. Although I mostly agree with your suggestion that sensing time is significant, it's just a by-product of our own self-awareness in the same sense that 'heavy' and 'light' are relative quantities we can judge based on our own sense of touch and our reasoning ability.

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    PhuzzyLogic, Feb 5th, 2004 @ 2:51pm


    Is this just a small representation of our ability to, in a way, 'Feel' other peoples mind.

    Perhaps when you are at a red light, allow yourself to 'Feel' when the light is about to turn. Maybe this is what is actually happening. After all, most testers know what is coming next to the subject.

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    nyaya, Feb 5th, 2004 @ 4:09pm

    scientists discover 6th sense

    well, I thought this was going to be added to your blog item,but I guess not.
    the 6th sense is 'balance' - we discovered it a long time ago. this would be the 7th.

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    acb, Feb 5th, 2004 @ 11:46pm

    Re: scientists discover 6th sense

    Balance or proprioception (i.e., the awareness of where one's body parts are relative to each other)?

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