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How do our senses influence the world around us?

How do our senses influence the world around us?

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The Five Senses

The five senses shape all our experience, but we still don't fully understand them. This episode, TED speakers explore how our brains make sense of sensation, and how our minds manufacture "reality."

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How Can We Hear The Stars?

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

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