From the Publisher
How similar are humans to the universe which evolved them? This is the question which underlies the two essays in this book. John King claims that the key to understanding this relationship lies in the realm of the phenomenon of 'what-it-is-likeness'. Accordingly he considers the nature of 'what-it-is-likeness' in the first essay. In the second essay he considers various ideas concerning how many human senses there are, the nature of the 'what-it-is-likeness' of these senses, and how this 'what-it-is-likeness' relates to the non-human universe. He concludes that there are two human senses. The term 'what-it-is-likeness' is typically used to refer to a diverse range of phenomena. This is perhaps more harmful than it is helpful. In the first essay the various states of the universe that fall under the umbrella of 'what-it-is-likeness' are outlined and re-conceptualised. In the second essay the age-old question of how many humans senses there are is considered. The traditional idea that there are five human senses is contrasted to two opposing ideas - that there are more than five human senses, and that there is only one human sense. King rejects all of these views and outlines why he believes that there are only two human senses. This reconceptualisation entails that there is a sharp division in the five traditional senses - two are senses and three are not senses. This idea is viewed from an evolutionary perspective and it is suggested that the two human senses evolved in humans, and that it is possible that the three non-senses pervade the entire universe.