Ever watched the random episode of the hilarious “Think you’re Smart” street quiz that featured John Dumelo? Well, he was asked, “How many senses do humans have?”. Oh, how glorious it was for him to spray his magical IQ in front of the camera answering five and without being asked, naming them. Pretty sure Ghanaians pissed their pants in unison to celebrity worship! Nice one John. Congrats on your marriage Bruv! Let’s hang out some time.

How true is this? Do humans truly have only 5 senses? 


This assumption has been widely critiqued by scholars, especially Harvard Medical School researchers. The popular standard list of five senses doesn’t really give our bodies credit for all of the amazing things it could do.

Humans have at least a dozen(12) senses. Yes, you read that well – 12! Let’s learn a few and who knows you could impress your date and get laid. If you don’t, maybe you should floss 6 times before bed. Yiiikes!

The five traditional senses:  Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation).

Other senses you never cared to read about:

Thermoception- temperature

Equilibrioception or vestibular sense – Balance 

Nociception- Pain 

 Mechanoreception- vibration

Proprioception– the kinesthetic sense .

Chronoception – sense of time.

 Sexual stimulation , Hunger, thirst and many more. 

Read more on this subject matter: Sense

Verdict: MYTH!

Hopefully, you score a lay! (Remember, RAW IS WAR!) .

Cheers, DrC

Cover Image credits: Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash

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