Ask a child to name their senses, and they will probably come up with the same five as you. Smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch were first described as the five senses by Aristotle over two thousand years ago. However, with the advent of modern neuroscience, these senses have been joined by the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth senses, and many more. Jackie Higgins takes us on a fascinating journey around the ways in which we perceive the world, using the extraordinary perceptive powers of animals as our guide. From the incredible colour vision of the mantis shrimp to the extraordinarily sensitive nose of the star-nosed mole, and the ability of the barn owl to locate prey in darkness, and the cheetah’s sense of balance, to a spider’s body clock, these incredible animal studies illuminate our own sentience.
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Notes from Deep Time by Helen Gordon
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
The Promise by Damon Galgut
Seed by Caryl Lewis