I was recently asked a straight forward question , "How many senses are there?" to which I quickly replied the 5 we all are taught :
ophthalmoception, audioception, gustaoception, olfacoception, and tactioception.
However I was especially challenged ( more than usual anyway!) when the asker threw in thermoception, proprioception, nociception, equilibrioception and kinesthesioception.
I did a quick check and saw there is quite some debate.
To me even if one of these is correct it is a real awakening to the errors of this basic sensory teaching.
Now what bothers me most with this is the idea (definition) that is a common thread in most dictionaries, is that each sense has its own dedicated organ.
Balance and acceleration have me perplexed most as they use the same organs as other so called (but maybe not) traditional idea of only 5 senses.
Does his mean the accepted definition does not really apply to hearing?
If it fails just once, it fails! in my opinion.
Your thoughts or guidance are appreciated?