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Rebel Book Club x Super Senses | August 2022

January 24, 2023

Rebel Book Club x Super Senses

Let's kick off with some key insights:

  • We don't have 5 senses, we have 32. The five senses model comes from Aristotle, who "was concerned with matching sense organs (eyes, nose, tongue...) with the experience of seeing, smelling and so on."
  • Scent cells are renewed every 30 to 60 days. The sense of smell is the only cranial nerve that can regenerate.
  • "People with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to have dementia. And those with moderate to severe hearing loss have three to five times the rist. [...] but wearing a hearing aid is likely to slow down the progress of memory impairment that occurs in healthy ageing, simply because one reduces the demands on the brain to adapt..."
  • Smaller fingers are more touch-sensitive - This is because the sensory receptors are more condensed in a smaller area.

Super Senses in action:

It was a sensory spectacle for August's event, with big book chats + Super Sense experiments both online and off...

In London, we had taste-bending miracle berries tricking us into thinking pickles tasted like candy...

We had proprioception tricks ‘n traps which made us believe our nose had grown (?!)... we shivered to weird + whacky sound effects and found members who were freakishly good at sensing their own heart rate…

All fuelled by our lovely friends at @squarerootldn + @originalsmallbeer + our amazing hosts The Ministry, SE1 ❤️

Finally, here's a little behind the scenes video action from our London setup.

If you're interested in trying out some the experiments we did, check out this fun TV show from National Geographic...


We are Rebel Book Club, a global nonfiction book club.

We’ve been reading together for 5+ years and we exist to accelerate your reading habits, connect you with like-minded thinkers + doers and take positive action in a changing world…

We have an event at the end of each month, where we hear from experts in a relevant field to the books we’re reading – which is how this blog post came about.

If you’d like to find out more, check out our website, follow us on Instagram or email our Membership Manager at hello@rebelbookclub.co.uk.

We hope to see you next time for ‘Earth Heroes’, our critically important Back to School nonfiction adventure.

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