Your Sixth Sense
1 Corinthians 8:1b
“…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
“Name the five senses.” Every school child is asked that question. However, now the question is outdated because a sixth sense has been discovered.
Years ago, University of Utah anatomist David L. Berliner noticed a strange reaction among coworkers. Normally his coworkers did not get along well. However, when he was working with open vials of extracts from human skin, there was a noticeable rise in friendliness. A few months later, when he sealed the extracts, coworkers were again unable to get along with each other.
That experience led Berliner, thirty years later, to discover the purpose of the vomeronasal organ – VNO for short. In animals, the VNO detects odorless pheromones – chemicals used to communicate readiness to mate and similar messages. Evolutionists thought that the human VNO was a useless vestigial organ left over from our evolution. Berliner discovered that the centimeter-long organ in our nose detects odorless human pheromones. It uses a system completely different from your nose. The VNO sends its messages to the hypothalamus while the nose is wired to other sections of the brain. The hypothalamus controls basic drives and emotions.
Scientists long ago thought that they had identified all the senses. The discovery of the VNO shows that science still has very much to learn about the material creation. That places science in a poor position to pass judgments on biblical truth.
Father in heaven, I praise You that You have so wondrously made us. There is much to praise You for that we still don’t know about. Help me not to be puffed up with false knowledge, but to humbly place my trust in Christ. Amen.
Gene Bylinsky. 1992. “A Sixth Sense That Affects How You Feel.” Fortune, Jan. 27, p. 99.