Gut Rumbles

February 05, 2005

which would i pick?

If I had to give up one of my senses, which would it be? Certainly not sight or hearing. I like pretty wimmen and good music too much.

But how about smell? Think about it. A lot of stuff smells really BAD, and you could do without that, couldn't you? But smell is connected to memory, which is connected to taste, which is like three senses in one. You can't give THAT up.

I dunno. I'll have to think about this one for a while.


well, taste is 40% smell, so you'd still taste some things if you just lost pure taste.

There are other senses too, kinesthetic and position senses, which tell you where you are in space. That might be fun to lose for a while...

Posted by: caltechgirl on February 5, 2005 11:26 PM

I lost those senses a long time ago.

Posted by: Acidman on February 5, 2005 11:54 PM

Jst shows that the blogs are an immature media when someone can entertain by posting "which sense would you give up?"

Almost as bad as reality TV.

Posted by: Doug_S on February 6, 2005 12:05 AM

And yet Doug still reads them. Anyway, I'd give up my hearing before anything else. Sign language isn't that difficult, and I'd still be able to see the beauty in the world. Plus if someone was nagging me, all I'd have to do is turn around.

Posted by: Denise on February 6, 2005 12:51 AM

My mom lost her smell a few years ago after a surgery. Without that, she also doesn't taste things anymore. Now go figure how she reacts to people who give her flowers... or bake a special cake for her... or show her their blooming gardens... For some reason she doesn't tell people about it. And sometimes, that leads to funny situations. For us who know.
The old lady has become quite a comedian right now.

Posted by: ann on February 6, 2005 06:12 AM

Hey, Doug. Looks like you've given up your sense of perspective. Pomp and circumstance, gotta love it.

I'd give up taste, only because I'm on a diet and it's just food. Which is really weird, because there are some fine foods out there.

Posted by: Kim on February 6, 2005 04:31 PM

Be careful of giving up hearing - sign language does work to an extent but the social aspects of society that hearing loss costs are major!! You miss almost everything that goes on - the small remarks, the jokes, the side comments that mean more than the major things. When you are in a group you are left out of most of it automatically because you can only concentrate on one thing at a time. You can see things but you can't hear them. If someone honks a horn you miss it. The senses are connected up a lot of different ways including memory as Acidman says. Being a little hard of hearing myself, I know the social cost of it. Walk into a room where everyone else is listening to a television program and you hear nothing at all. The conversations have to be spoken at high volume for you to be involved and unless everyone there is a good friend they won't do it so you are out there on your own.

Posted by: dick on February 6, 2005 06:33 PM


I have no sense of smell. And believe me when I say, after half (hopefully a third) a lifetime of livin', I haven't missed much.

Oh, sure, the scent of a sweet-smellin' woman is something I've missed, as is the smell of spent lust after a particularly wanton encounter, but on the bright side, I spent YEARS torturing my friends every time we were out driving and happened upon a dead skunk.

I could be counted on to actually STOP the car and linger over the corpse.

Yeah, I've always been a sick fuck...

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