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Questions tagged [senses]

For questions regarding certain faculties that are used to perceive and recognize the surroundings.

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Is it possible to “Smell” in Space? Viable Equivalents?

I am currently creating a Spacefaring Race that regularly travels between planetary systems in order to harvest resources, but due to the fact that the conditions required for them to Breed are fairly ...
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What would humans need to sacrifice for a better sense of smell?

Humans have some genes that allow for a precise sense of smell, but they were turned off millions of years back, just like in many other primates. To name an exeption, lemurs are primates with a ...
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Alien Senses: Active electrolocation

In the course of designing fictional species I often find myself wishing to use exotic senses which we humans lack. This poses a unique and interesting challenge as without possessing the sense myself ...
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Proud warrior race with terrible depth perception. How do they look?

I was working on a science fiction story with a variety of alien species. Most of them seemed entertaining and plausible enough, but I got stuck on one particular species that I could use some help on....
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Will a language built on organized synesthesia be viable for noumena conveyance through empathic telepathy? [closed]

Language in the most primal sense of the word, is a convention for communication between separate entities. Humans have the most developed languages. We have dialects and jargons too many to count, ...
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Could an organism see in infrared light as well as normal light, using its brain to process what it sees into a single image?

Tl;dr: Humans create a composite image out out what each of their eyes see Humans process the two images into one using their visual cortex Humans can't see infrared because of a lack of ...
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What is a reasonable sensitivity for this race's sense of smell?

If there were a group of primates very similar to humans, and they had vomeronasal organs, what should the sensitivity or accuracy of such organs be? The race has a lengthened face to accommodate for ...
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Convergent Eye Structure in Aliens?

My question is this: Is it plausible for most aliens to have eyes that are superficially similar to human eyes, given the context below? The context is this: I'm defining "convergent" as being any ...
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How would a biological radar work? [duplicate]

In many games and sci-fi worlds, there's a kind of "biological radar" that somehow knows where nearby organisms are. How would such a “radar” be possible? I'm looking for a way to detect all large ...
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How would precognitive aliens deal with not being able to see the future clearly? [closed]

I'm designing an alien species who have a natural ability to gain future forknowledge. However they don't see the future. What they actually see is a collage of all possible futures superimposed. ...
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Advantages of human view with spectral analysis capability

When it comes to processing hearing and visual signals, our brain has different capabilities. While it seems to be able to execute a spectral analysis for sounds, so that when we hear the ...
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How does a species who cannot distinguish left from right build their cities?

Fran is on holidays to planet Earth. She is having difficulty coping with the local geometry. At this second Fran is thirsty. She can see a lemonade stand nearby. She knows a human would have no ...
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Objects detectable only with blindsight

Augi is an augmentation intelligence in the shape of a silver choker. It is worn by Isis, a human. Augi perceives the world through Isis' sensory apparatus by detecting electrical impulses traveling ...
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Would it makes sense for an intelligent race originated from snakes to possess the ability of hearing?

I want to explore the possibilities of an alien species not much unlike that of known to Earth: snakes going through evolution in a way that made them able to reach the intelligence necessary to use ...
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What does a small fusion reaction sound like?

I am familar with current reactor (experimental) fusion reactor design. But imagine a fusion reaction happening without a reactor, so there is no reactor hull to shield the sound from an innocent ...
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How can you explain colour to beings that can see just black and white?

You have finished your journey and enter a new world. The intelligent humanoid natives are friendly and speak your language. However, as you get to know them, you discover that they can't see colour, ...
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What sensory mechanism allows a person to “see” based on the different density levels of physical matter? [closed]

Scenario 1: A person is dozing for short time with the light on, likely only a few minutes, and upon gradual return to his/her normal "eye vision only" consciousness, briefly "sees" the brick outlines ...
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Can magician apprentice know what his master is writing just by hearing it?

We have a magician apprentice (let's call him Steven) and his master (Destionell the Great). Steven is serving for a long time to his master and he truly hates it. Every day all his job is just ...
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Four Color Receptors and One Mirror--A Good Mix?

So, to make it normal for a human to have tetrachromacy, having four color receptors, would make our night vision nonexistent. In an answer in the question linked above, someone brought up the ...
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What are alternative particles to photons that would allow vision?

I swear I saw this question elsewhere. Let me know if this is a dupe. Photons are great. They're little bundles of energy that Reflect off of nearly everything, allowing us to see faraway objects ...
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Would uncontrolled intermittent ESP be confused with schizophrenia?

Say an individual was born with uncontrollable intermittent ESP. Rather than something fairly innocuous like seeing ghosts, his ESP sees things from beyond. He'll randomly pick up stimulus from a ...
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What would be the first feelings/thoughts/experiences a building would undergo if it was given sentience? [closed]

In architecture they often discuss the idea of creating a "living building" that responds to its environmental conditions. I was curious, if you were able to create a building and give this building ...
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Will privacy disappear if our sense of smell was strong like that of a bear?

Mythbusters did an episode about trying to foil a blood hound, when Adam played a convict who tried to make the dog lose his trail. Every trick he did failed like washing, changing clothes, going ...
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How does a sighted species explain that they can see

In a world I am building, there are two sapient species, named Ae and Be. Ae are tall but blind, while the Be are short and sighted. While it has been asked how a blind species would discover another ...
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Could aliens naturally evolve synesthesia?

For all who are unaware, synesthesia is a condition in the brain where two or more senses are connected; for example being able to see sound or hear color. Of course they do not actually see color or ...
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Alien analogues to the vertebrate ear?

How could an auditory organ perceive sound waves with a completely different anatomy from the vertebrate ear (e.g. canal, typanum, bones) at the same effectiveness?
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How would we see the world if we could see polarized light?

I am often fascinated by one of Earth's most magnificent beings, the mantis shrimp (also known as 1-2-3-death). These beautiful animals have sixteen kinds of colour receptive cones - compare to our ...
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Would a non-centralized sensory layout be favor on sapient aliens?

In all animals of higher intelligence, the sensory organs are all localized in the head. The head alone contains the senses of smell, sight, hearing and taste. This is because it is efficient to be ...
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Echolocation with audio recordings

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this but here goes... I've been watching Daredevil and reading a few StackExchange questions here and there and got to wondering... If someone/something ...
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How could a blind alien race interpret video broadcast into space?

I've got a race of aliens that have no sense of sight. They can measure electromagnetic radiation with instruments, but have no concept of vision. All I know about video encoding and transmission is ...
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Grammar for a species that communicates via hallucinations

The Ents broke off from the rest of the civilization many aeons ago, and their main means of communication has evolved to the point where instead of words, they use fully immersive and lightning-fast ...
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What if we can feel magnetic field?

Suppose human being evolved a special type of sensory organ that can detect Earth's magnetic field, beside discarding compass when hiking what else can we benefit from this extrasensory gift in the ...
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How would you create a map based upon scent (or other senses)?

Human's primary sense is sight. Therefore our maps include icons designed to represent various sights. Scale maps include reference scales and accurately represent to the distance between the visual ...
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“What do your elf eyes see” - what are the limits of sharp eyes?

I am thinking about how I could write a particularly sharp-sighted people and I'm wondering about the practicalities of this. How far might they realistically be able to see sharply ( assuming a world ...
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Is Superman a peeping Tom? or Would x-ray vision be biologically reasonable?

Real x-ray vision, the ability to (at least) detect X-rays as a 'visible' light (or any other detection system) seems it would be very problematic. First X-Rays are a high energy electromagnetic ...
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What happens to a human who receives more information than the brain can process?

Often in films and television shows when a person's brain is 'injected' with more information than it can handle, they suffer from immense pain. What would actually happen if you did supply a human ...