Human Limitations

Human Limitations To Smell

We know for sure animals smell better than us, and that our sense of smell changes with our age. Dogs for instance are able to detect scents that go unnoticed by us.

There is a big part of our existence that goes unnoticed because we are not able to detect all the smells out there. Yet, just imagine if we could, our world will be such a smelly place that we may get sensory overload and we may be overwhelmed by the experience. 


Human Limitations To Taste

While most people can taste different flavors like sweet, sour, spicy, salty there are people who have a highly evolved sense of taste, and are able to differentiate minute differences in additives in any food.

Wine coinsurers and cheese experts consider themselves people with a highly sensitive tasting ability. People from different parts of the world have different tolerances to the type of food they eat. Some people like their food spicy while others prefer their food moderated to enable them to enjoy the subtle differences within their range of how much spice their tongues can handle.  Then of course there are people with different diets, the vegetarians have no idea what the world is like living as a non-vegetarian person. And there are people on this planet who wonder how much people are missing out in life not having tasted their beloved delicacy of roasted spiders. The list goes on.

Some people live to eat, while others eat to live. Do people experience their world differently based on their ability to taste?

What about the other substances around us that we cannot possibly eat, like crude oil, barks of trees, chemicals etc, are we missing out on the full experience of life if we have not tasted everything?

Obviously, our tongue has its limits of experience while the world exists with thousands of tastes beyond our human experience, human tolerance and ability to detect with our small range of tongue taste buds.

For an interesting article about taste click here.


Human Limitations of Touch

Here is what most people can sense when they touch: Hard, Soft, Smooth, Rough, Vibrations, Hot, Cold, Grit, Paste, Electric, Sharpness and much more.

What they can’t sense by touch is color, substance (glass or metal), smell etc. Also we are limited to experiencing touch only relative to our size. We cannot for instance feel fine holes in materials, or detect minuscule temperature difference or small difference in material type.

More about touch can be found here.   


Limited Ability of the Human Mind to Process Information

There is always someone smarter than you in many aspects of your knowledge of the world. Even the people who we consider world experts will claim they yet do not know everything there is to know in their fields. Time has also shown that our experts of our yester years have had some of their theoretical predictions overturned upon the discovery of new truths that govern our lives.

Our ability to process information is limited by what we currently know about the subject, about how much we are able to interpret the information we have, and limited by our ability to detect the true nature of our universe.

For instance, until about 20 years ago, life as we know it only existed because we believed life is based on the existence of the sun and life’s ability to use photosynthesis to tap this sun energy and convert it to other energies that support life. Now we know that along the earth’s continental rifts miles under the oceans there exists life forms that do not use the sun for their survival. These living things make their food from the heat of the earth using a process called chemosynthesis.

There have been many such discoveries made that has changed the course of our understanding of the universe. From finding out about earth not being flat, or not being the center of the universe around which even the sun circles, or by discovering the science of carbon dating or other dating methods which enables us to accurately guess the age or our planet and its various fossils.

To get a gist of the big revelations that have changed or will change our lives click here.

The bottom-line is that we are still learning, discovering and growing in our understanding of the true world we live in. Our knowledge, as a species, is a result of building on empirical truths we have found out about our world over the history of our existence. Over time, in the near future, we hope to arrive at a truer picture of our existence having expanded on our current limited ability to detect, collect, interpret and process the information that surrounds us. 

What this also means, is that with Empirical Truth™ we advocate letting go of dogma that impedes our mental growth in getting to know the real truth that surrounds us in life.



Human Limitations of Sound

Our ears can only hear a small range of sounds depending on our age and ability. More about what we can and cannot hear can be found by clicking here. Many sounds frequencies that we cannot hear are detectable by many animals like dogs, dolphins, bats etc.

Do these animals have a “truer” picture of the world than us because they can experience more sound?

Human limitations of sound


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