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May 30, 2006

Why is it so hard to fool your sense of taste?

There's a really interesting discussion on the mindhacks blog around fooling your senses. It's super easy to fool our senses of vision (there's a great blog devoted to visual illusions), hearing and touch. But what about fooling our sense of taste/smell? Why aren't there lots of well know ways to trick our tongues and noses? It turns out there are such illusions, but not many of them. And there are some basic reasons that they're so rare.

(By the way, if you want to spend a weekend repeatedly going "Whoa! That is so cool!" pick up a copy of Mind Hacks by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb).

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 30, 2006 10:18 AM

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Smell and taste are chemical. We're made outta chemicals.
Hearing and seeing are signal streams that have to be processed though many layers of decoding, leaving lots of opportunities for spoofing.

That's one guess, anyway.

Posted by: Dr Foo at June 4, 2006 01:09 PM