What If We Had More Senses?
We all navigate our lives with our senses, stopping only rarely to appreciate how unique and interesting each one is. What is smell, after all? The ability to detect tiny particles that float out from matter and experience them in various chemical categories, such as sweet, fruity, and bitter? And touch? The ability to register the microscopic contours of matter and interpret them as a neurological feeling? When we break down what our senses really are, it becomes possible to invent new ones – an exercise that, if nothing else, introduces our imaginations to new possibilities. Here are three senses I’ve invented:
Enessence: The ability to perceive the amount of energy radiating from an object, be it heat, sound, sonar, electromagnetic, or any other type. You can enesce things through your clavicle bones, which encircle the bottom of your neck. One experiences enessence when close to an object that is radiating a lot of energy, or when the object is not close but particularly radiant, just as one experiences sound when one is close to a noisy object or the object is particularly loud. Because of the many energies emanating from the objects around us, enessence is often experienced like the bouquet of a glass of wine – as a smooth and complex combination of various energies. The feeling of enescing something can be described in tactile terms ranging from warm & light like a spring breeze to heavy & cool, like a lead apron. Intense enessence can cause goose bumps, shivers, or teary eyes.
Loftivity: The ability to interact with the happiness of the things around us. An almost liquid sensation, loftive objects hit our sensory channels like the smell of the salty ocean, flowing into tiny “loft buds” in the soft spots behind our jaw, leaving us stimulated for a few seconds. People or objects that exude loftivity do so in various strains (again like smells), which cause a minor tingle similar to electricity, or in other cases a feeling of dullness.
Camator: The ability to perceive the binary, or twin, of something on another dimension of time. This sense is closest to sight in that it washes us in sensory data about everything around us. Although our five traditional senses all aid in our survival, camator helps us in our immortal, or spiritual, survival, in that it shows us what things once were. When we camate something, we understand how it appeared before the absolute beginning of time, in a mirror image of our current concept of time. For instance, the camatorial perception of a flower in 2009 would display the essence of the flower 2009 years before time began, when only essences existed. Since camator is not physically similar to sight, the experience of camating the flower would not yield an image, but rather a feeling of understanding the flower better that might be described as spiritual fullness.
Who knows – maybe some of these senses would come into being if we searched for them.
Evan Bailyn is a serial entrepreneur, search engine and social media expert, celebrated author and child advocate. His company, First Page Sage, is a leader in search engine optimization and social media marketing - vastly increasing business for its clients through high SEO rankings, targeted Facebook advertising and viral videos. Evan is also the founder of the Evan Bailyn Foundation, a foundation dedicated to teaching emotional awareness to children and adults.