April 03, 2005

Genetic engineering: Planning ahead

Back in the early days of Long Burn I asked the blogees, if you were to invent a new knob or button, what would it do? And the answers mostly had something to do with punishing other car drivers for their criminal behavior.

Today's question is: If you could invent a new sense for human beings, what would it be?

I'll go first: I would invent a new kind of taste bud, so that in addition to salt, sour, sweet, bitter and umani, we could taste the glycemic index of food. Wouldn't that be something? You'd automatically know which foods lead to obesity, insulin resistance and heart disease. You'd taste something and think, eww, white flour or yech sugar or yum, protein, fiber and vegetable oils.


At April 05, 2005 5:14 PM , Blogger Tim said...

Our senses have developed to take in clues from the physical world. Light, sound waves, smells, texture. One part of the physical world that we have not developed a sense for is time. It would be cool to be able to grasp our place in time the way we sense our place in the three dimensions. I don't mean that we can measure the passage of time better, but we see the current moment as part of a larger whole. Using this sense, when we look at a flower we would "see" the whole flower from conception to death and decay. We can look at our lives in the same way and learn to treasure the short time we have among the quick.


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