The five senses, but for the rarity of the naturally occurring telepathy and clairvoyance, receive information and store it in memory to associate experience with its recurrence, in shades or in whole. Sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste together constitute commonsense.
Education has a way to democratize the uncommon extra senses which used to be the stuff of lore but are now the domain of plausibly deniable turf of government and corporate surveillance, spy craft and the unscrupulous mental health profession where the psychologists convince the populace that their experience of being technically violated of their mental space is to be denied without which they would be confined to mind control drugs by the psychiatrists. The lawyers go along and so do the law makers.
The didacticism in the best universities of the world thus far may not be sufficient to perfect the art of mind control. Of invoking extemporaneous hullabaloo in technocratic Ciceros who aspire to Roman glory for the lands they lead without using teleprompters. Obama and network newsreaders don’t use these contraptions anymore. They recite to the cameras after hearing the words whispered in their ears wirelessly. They see without dreaming and not in person or on television.
In this age of man-machine synthesis when the law is an impediment to scientific progress, stem cells or telecommunications, technology is not yet adequate to elevate the ordinary senses to the realm of the extraordinary for the ordinary.
More lawlessness is needed to shunt aside pesky civil liberties, especially as China and Russia rise, to bring into the fold of mind control the three remaining senses: touch, taste and smell and the fusion of all five for transmission and communication across time and space using the brain as the only device. Western science has found its soul mate in China to control the senses enveloped by the artificial.
When real social space is constrained by the law, even the libertarians join in because the virtual is legally unconstrained. Then avatars will not be needed to realize the dream of dialectical materialism. Russia, the godfather of this socio-scientific movement is smiling.
Triggering sensual memories of touch, taste and smell to create the experience of the real artificially is the next step in the dialectic of telecommunication. The artificial becomes the echo chamber even for the new borns who register memories they have themselves not accumulated.
Or did I smell being gassed in my government office on 20 and C Streets in Washington, DC a few years ago without the gas?
Where is Dolly, the electric sheep?