KEITH BROWN BLOG: If I can see and touch it, I will believe it.

Keith Brown
Keith Brown

I HAVE personally lost count of how many times people over the years have said to me ‘If I can see and touch it, I will believe it’.

The idea that we humans understand everything about the world we live in by the five senses of touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing is a ludicrous one when we really think about it.

Our basic human faculties are limited; at a very basic level we cannot see in the dark or microscopically unless aided to do so.

We can only handle things that have frame or real substance, have you tried to keep hold of air recently?

There are things that to us appear to have no taste, says who? In a similar way we can hear a sound barrier broken, but we cannot see it.

As far back as the 1760s, the famous philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed that our knowledge of the outside world depends on our modes of perception. In order to define what is ‘extrasensory’, i.e. things outside our five senses, we need to define what is ‘sensory’.

Kant said: “Each of the 5 senses consists of organs with specialised cellular structures that have receptors for specific stimuli. These cells have links to the nervous system and thus to the brain. Sensing is done at primitive levels in the cells and integrated into sensations in the nervous system.”

If the five senses we posses are considered as primitive in relation to the world around us, where does that put modern humankind? And by very comparison then what are the higher human senses?

We have all had those experiences in life when we just know something or that something is wrong, we don’t know how we know, we just know.

A sixth sense, intuition . . . call it what we may, we know we have it, but cannot see touch, taste, feel, smell or hear it.

The truth is that there is more to us than many would want to believe, more power and ability than we realise. A human being is made up of three things a body, soul and spirit. And yet many only ever deal in the area of the body, and thus miss out on the great potential, when all three are honed to a single purpose.

I believe it is Neanderthal at best and borderline ego mania on the part of humanity to conclude “If I can see and touch it, I can believe it, because two thirds of our human makeup, the soul and spirit, are not influenced by the five physical senses in any way. So, what does influence them then?

Should we even briefly consider that there could be far more in this world, than our five senses can actually recognise, opens up a whole new life of discovery doesn’t it, it could be like being born again.

What do you think?

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