we trust our eyes and tongues but we crowdsource the rest


My office’s heating system is aggressive and my boss recently asked me if it felt warm in his room. I agreed that it did.

This made me realize how we trust our eyes and tongues but like to crowdsource our other senses.

Crowdsourced senses:
Touch: “Does it feel warm in here to you?”
Hearing: “Do you hear a high-pitched whine? Wait…there it is again!”
Smell: “Does this milk smell bad to you?”

Senses we don’t crowdsource:
Sight: “Do you see a dog in this room?”  “Go pet that dog there.”
Taste: “Does this taste like shit?”  “This tastes like shit.”

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