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Jacobson's Organ: And the Remarkable Nature of Smell Kindle Edition
Nothing is more memorable than a smell. So why do we persist in dismissing the nose as a blunt instrument?
Smell is our most seductive and provocative sense, invading every domain of our lives. We can identify our relatives, detect the availability of a potential mate, sniff out danger, and distinguish between good and bad food just with our noses. In this surprising and delightful book, Lyall Watson rescues our most unappreciated sense from obscurity. He brings to light new evidence concerning Jacobson's Organ: an anatomical feature discovered high in the nose in 1811 and dismissed for centuries as a vestigial ghost. Yet recent research has shown Jacobson's Organ to be an incredibly influential pheromonal mechanism that feeds the area of the brain affecting our awareness, emotional states, and sexual behavior.
Following the seven classes of smell devised by the pioneering botanist Carl Linnaeus in his Odores Medicamentorum, Watson examines the roles of smell and pheromones in humans, plants, and animals. He reveals the curious ways in which trees communicate their distress, the olfactory abilities of feral children, the bond we have with our offspring, the psychosexual effects of perfume, and the link between smell and memory formation. Jacobson's Organ unlocks the door to the strange world of this mysterious sense.
Entertaining... . Great fun to read. (The Washington Post Book World) END -- The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00HT16IXG
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 2000)
- Publication date : April 17, 2000
- Language : English
- File size : 2658 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 270 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0393332918
- Best Sellers Rank: #969,940 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Your sense of smell detects volatiles, small molecules that give off odor. Jacobson's Organ is a separate, little-known olfactory asset that we all have, one that detects large molecules, which do not carry odor. Think pheromones. Watson describes research results and makes some informed speculation about what implications this has for our behaviors. We are not conscious of the effects of these non-volatiles but their effects are real and measurable all the same.
Watson should continue the story and write an update, a version 2, to include more detail from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the other labs to which he makes reference.
OK, if you have read this review to this point, two more items:
The sense of smell is the only sense for which a Nobel Prize has not been awarded.
If you liked this book, get 'Emporer of Scent' by Chandler Burr. Go ahead, you are already on Amazon, order it now. It is well-written, erudite, has the qualities of a 'can't-put-down' thriller, and you will be happy you read it.
You are welcome.
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A scientific trawl through one experiment after another on various animals. How scientists removed this gland, that gland, to observe the animals homing instincts
If you want a scientific, fact based, experimental analogy on the remarable sense of smell, then this maybe the book for you, but unfortunately, it lost my attention after page 20 and the book was subsequently deposited into the nearest Charity shop.