Collapse Volume VII, 379–410


The Human Sensoria and a Synaesthetic Approach to Cooking


Which sensory modalities are involved in ‘eating’? ‘Flavour’ involves far more than just the sense of taste, or even the combination of taste with smell; we might also consider at least the components of temperature (which divides into at least two separate senses), vision (which itself is comprised of at least four components), hearing (which, in humans, separates speech sounds, musical sounds, and ‘other’ sounds), touch, pain, and kinetics.

This opens up the question of how many ‘senses’ there are as per the medical sciences. But, equally and perhaps more importantly, it raises the question of how many senses a given particular culture counts, how those senses are integrated, and, for that group of people, what the hierarchy of the senses is…