Extrasensory is built on humanity’s two
main interests: ourselves and the future. What it means for us to collectively
make our way in and understand the world, and where we’re going, and how science
might take us there. Welcome to Extrasensory! Tonight is all
about our sensory potential. What could our senses really, truly be with a little
bit of help from science? At Extrasensory we explored the future of human
perception. We considered how our senses work together to create a picture of the
world and how we are sometimes tricked by our senses so that this picture can,
in fact, be quite different to reality. Without our sense of sight and smell, we
struggle to taste the difference between tea and coffee. Hearing sounds affects
how we taste chocolate and how we place pressure on the bottom of our feet as we
walk. Whether we seek knowledge in the music or stories we listen to, or conduct
experiments for ourselves, and on ourselves, we find the limits of our own
perception and discover how these might be enhanced or augmented in the future.
Instruments, AI and wearables are here, and many more are coming
to make the unperceivable perceivable. We can award ourselves sensory capacity,
inspired by the special abilities of amazing, non-human animals and insects
and become consciously aware of the information previously only available to
our unconscious. Our visual sense tends to heavily dominate. We build our world
around sight. We try to see further using microscopes, telescopes and other
specialised instruments, but we have all this other sensory capacity. We can hear
genetic variability, not just see it. We can feel our way with our fingers to
understand the immune system, or find our way inside a building. We can feel where
we are in space rather than just see it, and we smell and taste a great beer or a
fine wine. Extrasensory asks: “what if the trick to furthering our capabilities is
in part learning to refocus our attention on utilising all our senses
together to their full capacity?” In the future we will probably all be
left wondering how we have survived without these scientific, extrasensory

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