June 09, 2021
Despite the fact that olfactory experts regard humans as having a weak sense of smell, it’s an important one involved in eating and many other activities. I write this article as Christmas approaches, a time of many olfactory delights. Our fresh-cut tree brings back memories of Christmases long past, while my wife’s apple pie cooling on the stove gets me salivating, though I’ve just finished lunch. We sniff suspect leftovers in the back of the fridge, and get the turkey carcass in the garbage bin as soon as possible.
But compared to some creatures, we have little comprehension of the chemical world around us, even as we puzzle at the way the pet pooch sniffs...