The Sixth Sense
A sense has been defined as: a medium through which the empirical world is perceived. They were said to be 5: touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. Each of these senses provides an input of information that is then processed by the brain; however, since the brain`s reality determines how the information is processed it must be said that the brains interpretation of the perceived information has to be accounted as an extra sense. To understand this concept one must look at the following example, two people, one born in an Islamic country and the other born in a Christian country, are strong believers of their respective faiths and have no knowledge of any other faith. They see a very strong, white, bright light in the sky. The Arab person might conclude, “I have seen Mohammad”, on the other hand a Christian might suggest, “I have seen a divine entity, Christ”. Two people have seen the same thing; however, their interpretation of the event has been different. Consequently a decision is performed based on that believe. This is arguably a simple interpretation of the perceived information using each of individual’s reality; nonetheless, since their reality has determined the object that they have seen it must be concluded that the brain is responsible for the sixth sense, which makes sense of the information input of all the others.
The sixth sense plays a significantly bigger role when one considers that it serves also as a complement of the perceived empirical world. For example, let us say a person goes back to his house and sees the door open and not locked. Then let us say that the person lives alone and only he is owner of the keys to the house. Here the person could assume that someone has broken into his house to steal, he could then proceed to either enter the house cautiously or call the police. The person here has not seen the thief yet he assumes that there is a thief in his house and makes a decision based on this assumption. He might not believe otherwise until he has seen that there is no one in the house. However, it could have been the case that he did not lock the door when he exited the house and hence, it was not open.
Although this is not an accurate example to use, since the reactions that could be expected depend completely on the person’s reality and a vast amount of assumptions could have been made after having seen this, it is still a fair example as it clearly shows how some assumptions made are sometimes taken to be true. These assumptions or complements of the empirical world are vast and numerous; for example, the assumption that what the news or other respected institutions says is correct. In essence any assumption made on what is perceived is a complement of the empirical world and thus, a product of the sixth sense.
The sixth sense has another property to it and is that assumptions can be made at a subconscious level. These are assumptions that have become familiarized with the person and become effortless in a way that the person no longer perceives that an assumption has been made. For example, that everyone sees the world in the same way. (This was refuted by the isolation principle). This ability of human beings to make assumptions at a subconscious level gives rise to the following idea: people might see things that they expect to see rather than things that actually take place; this is especially true when the event occurs very fast and the brain has to make sense of what has been seen. For example, there are two football teams playing a match and an attacker has entered the penalty area, he then gambles past the goalkeeper who threw himself to grab the ball near the attacker’s feet, the attacker then falls. Now, the people that were expecting the action to be penalty are far more likely to assume that it was a penalty than those that had expected the event not to be a penalty. (A great deal of the assumption made could be based on what a person wants to believed happened.)
The complements of the empirical world depend on the reality of a person and the complements will be as accurate as the information that has been learned. Nonetheless, the accuracy of the complements does not matter since to start with the person assumes that his reality is accurate. Furthermore the individual’s reality determines what the individual can believe is accurate and, thus, what a person believes that he can believe is also learned. For example, believing the teacher or what has been seen in a book. It could be said that the sixth sense is the most important sense of a person since what has been perceived depends completely on how the brain has interpreted it. The way in which the information is interpreted depends completely on the reality of a person and the way he uses his information. (The sixth sense will take a significantly larger role later on when emotions and motivations are addressed then one will have a better picture of how important this sense is.)
(This is true as long as the principles are true.) see human principles part 1.