This may have been asked before, but if you lose one of your senses....

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do your other ones become more enhanced?
« Last Edit: 19/11/2007 02:55:48 by JimBob »

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Good question. I would say, in a sense (...sorry) they would.

Say if I lost my sense of sight, I would have to rely more heavily on my remaining ones such as touch and smell...however I wouldn't think I would increase the number of sensory (olfactory) cells in my nose, or number of nerves that, say, relay information from my skin. Rather, I think it's more a case of developing better integration of the information that IS still being received by the brain.

If you're ever in a lift, try running your fingers over the braille symbols that are usually next to the regular numbers. As someone with sight, I find it amazing that anyone could distinguish such subtle differences between each number...But the blind learn to do it; they have to. I think the brain is pretty good at learning to cope with changing situations through necessity.

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Ah what an explaination. thank you