Rank your senses

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The five classic senses are sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Most of us have all five, although there are some forum members who don't.

    Suppose you had to lose one of these senses because of an accident or medical condition, because a crazy billionaire offered you all his money to make that sacrifice, or because an evil wizard cast a spell on you. Which sense would be most important to keep? Which would you sacrifice first?

    Rank the five senses from #1 (most important) to #5 (least important).

    Mine: 1=sight, 2=touch, 3=hearing, 4=taste, 5=smell.
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    1 = hearing, 2 = sight, 3 = touch, 4 = taste, 5 = smell

    I love music and conversation too much to give it up. Although really, you can't taste much without a sense of smell.
     
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    1 = sight, 2 = hearing, 3 = touch, 4 = taste, 5 = smell
     
  4. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Balance? (etc. etc.) There are so many 'senses'.

    I'd put pain at the bottom of my list (interestingly, there are some people born without pain, who can still touch and feel. But that's another story...)
     
  5. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    1. hearing
    2. taste
    3. sight
    4. touch
    5. smell

    Although... isn't your sense of smelling tied directly to taste? So if you couldn't smell things, then your ability to taste things wouldn't work as well?

    EDIT: to answer my own question:

    (taken from http://www.reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/newton/tstesmll.html )
     
  6. calculus Guest

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    1 hearing
    2 sight
    3 touch
    4 taste
    5 smell

    Can't do without music or nice things to look at ...
     
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    Sight and hearing are very important senses, so we'd be inclined to keep them. But there's a tradeoff: society, government, schools, and people in general make many accommodations for the blind and deaf, because they understand those conditions. People without a sense of touch would be pretty much on their own to cope.
     
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    Difficult. :D

    Since I earn my living by creating and seeing it'll have to be:
    1. Sight
    2. Touch
    3. Hearing
    4. Any of the rest

    But… if I didn't have to earn my bread:
    1. Hearing — can't imagine my world without music.
    2. Sight
    3. Touch
    4. etcetera

    Hopefully this will just remain hypothetical. :eek:
     
  10. Lau Guest

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    Great idea for a thread.

    1. Sight
    2. Touch
    3. Hearing
    4. Smell
    5. Taste

    Feels weird putting taste last, as I do enjoy a pie and the taste thereof, but people I've known without a sense of smell could only really tell salt and sweet, and so if you could smell you could probably get more pleasure from food, drink, and randomly licking things. ;)
     
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    Depending on what's in the back of the fridge, there are times I'd be glad not to have had a sense of smell. :eek:

    There are certain foods for which smelling is the best part, even better than tasting. For me, Cinnabons and coffee fall into that category.
     
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Coffee, certainly. Barbecues for me, too. Interesting herbal teas also always seem to smell far nicer than they taste as well. I'm not sure why that is...
     
  13. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    There are actually believed to be 9 human senses.

    Of the "classic" five:

    1. Touch
    2. Vision
    3. Smell
    4. Hearing
    5. Taste

    People underestimate how important touch and smell are, IMO.
     
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    Toast. I cannot emphasise enough how much I love the smell of toast.
     
  15. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    1 - touch
    2 - sight
    3 - hearing
    4 - smell
    5 - taste

    I use touch a lot. I rarely turn my lights on at home and feel my way around a lot. To not be able to feel a hug would be miserable. Sight would be a very close 2nd because it is nice to see what you're touching just in case. While I love my music, touch might compensate for some of it due to being able to feel vibrations. Smell is somewhat important but not as much. Taste... well if you ever saw how I eat my food you'd realize taste probably doesn't come into the picture. :)
     
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    1. Hearing - Music is way too important to me and I'm a screamer ;) hah hah I kid...sorta.
    2. Touch - I'm not going to dirty this thread up any more than I think necessary.
    3. Sight - Because what good would my fancy display be if I couldn't see it?
    4. Taste - I love tacos. Case closed.
    5. Smell - If I cannot smell it'd be a good thing really because I'd save a ton of cash by not buying perfume.
     
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    Audio clips or it didn't happen.
     
  18. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I'll go with Helen Keller, who said that if she had to give up only sight or hearing, she would give up sight, because being blind takes away the world around you, being deaf takes away people.

    So, my order:
    1. Hearing
    2. Sight
    3. Smell
    4. Touch
    5. Taste
     
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    1 - Hearing - So I can hear the screamer
    2 - Touch - see 1
    3 - Taste - see 1
    4 - Sight, damn, see 1
    5 - Smell - for the perfume

    Cheers.
     
  20. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Fresh bread?
     
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    Seeing as your sense of taste is directly linked to your sense of smell, it makes little sense to list taste before smell. Lose your sense of smell and you won't really be able to taste anything anymore either. Your tastebuds only handle the basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, etc. Anything more advanced than that happens through your nose.

    EDIT: Oops, atari1356 already said that. Guess I should have read a bit more closely!
     
  22. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    1)Hearing
    2) Sight
    3)Smell
    4) Touch
    5) Taste

    I cannot imagine not hearing loved ones and music.
    then without sight how could i play video games...
    smell is a big one - I love scents.
     
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    1. hearing
    2. touch
    3. vision
    4. smell
    5. taste

    Hearing and touch are on the same level, and vision is very close to them. I would very seriously consider suicide if I lost my hearing completely. If I lost my vision and my hearing, I would want to be euthanised.
     
  24. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    For me, it would have to be...

    1. Sight – as a designer my career kind of depends on being able to see stuff.
    2. Hearing – No music or conversation or stuff? That wouldn't do.
    3. Taste – Tasting nice things is ace, so I would like to keep this one really.
    4. Touch – Not really one that you think of losing, but not being able to feel stuff? That cant be good, surely.
    5. Smell – I have a very, very poor sense of smell as it is (I can only pick up strong pongs, subtle scents are lost on me, so if I were to lose one of the five classic senses it might as well be the one I don't have much of anyway.

    If it's all the same though, I'd really prefer not to go losing any at all. Ta muchly.
     
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    Did you mean to say vision and hearing? Since we'll be killing you by request, it's important that we follow your instructions correctly.
     

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