— 120 —
      §3. This is the Reason why, though we cannot believe it im-
possible to God, to make a Creature with other Organs, and more
ways to convey into the Understanding the notice of Corporeal
things, than those five, as they are usually counted, which he has
given to Man: Yet I think, it is not possible, for any one to imagine any
other Qualities in Bodies, howsoever constituted, whereby they can
be taken notice of, besides Sounds, Tastes, Smells, visible and
tangible Qualities. And had Mankind been made with but four
Senses, the Qualities then, which are the Object of the Fifth Sense,
had been as far from our Notice, Imagination, and Conception, as
now any belonging to a Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Sense, can possibly be:
which, whether yet some other Creatures, in some other Parts of
this vast, and stupendious Universe, may not have, will be a great
Presumption to deny. He that will not set himself proudly at the
top of all things; but will consider the Immensity of this Fabrick,
and the great variety, that is to be found in this little and incon-
siderable part of it, which he has to do with, may be apt to think,
that in other Mansions of it, there may be other, and different
intelligent Beings, of whose Faculties, he has as little Knowledge or
Apprehension, as a Worm shut up in one drawer of a Cabinet, hath
of the Senses or Understanding of a Man; Such Variety and
Excellency, being suitable to the Wisdom and Power of the Maker.
— 121 —
I have here followed the common Opinion of Man’s having but five
Senses; though, perhaps, there may be justly counted more; but
either Supposition serves equally to my present purpose.
Locke Hum II, 2, §3, pp. 120-121