Thursday, April 20, 2006

Omigod! My Senses Are Still Imperfect!

If you were to cruise back through the archives of my blog, you will notice I have a mild obsession with objective exercises that demonstrate how imperfect our senses are. So here is another test to take that is guaranteed to at least nick your false ego.

If you still are in an early stage and haven't come to the realization of the power of illusion, this is mandatory. On the other side, if you think that due to your having the bestest mostest advanced Deity and/or guru and/or scripture and/or religious practice (sadhana) you have transformed your senses by "transcending" them, well, then, this test is mandatory.

Of course, I just take them because I enjoy them.

BBC Science and Nature: Human Body and Mind -- Senses Challenge


At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Chaits said...

My response has a spoiler in it. If you haven't taken the test yet, stop here and come back after you've taken it.

I got 19 out of 20 correct! Ok, ok, that was the second time I took the test (I got the caviar & chocolate question wrong twice just on principle). I got 9 out of 20 the first time. Quite fun!

BTW, Gosh, you know you should stop enjoying the object of the senses! Or, was it stop objecting to sense enjoyment? :)

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

I got 12 of 20 but that was because at least one I knew from before, and being less principled than you, did get the c+c question right. Which was a bit of a surprise, since I have never tasted it but have heard it is salty.

One question I knew, having blogged it on its own previously, and still got it wrong. In complete knowledge of the mechanics of the illusion, still got caught. :-)

I became abject while attempting to enjoy the object.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger ekendra said...

i got 4 of 20 correct - the SECOND time through!! (duh!)

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

LOL. I wouldn't worry about it too much. It is a bit of an art to doing well at these sort of things that takes some practice.

I do think the basis for the devotee quality of tolerance comes from the understanding of the limitations of the senses. We tend to make less assumptions if we know we are dealing with perceptions that may be faulty.


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