Was: Teresa's S/O and G/O hypothesis Now: PHEREMONES?

Mike Lowndes mike.lowndes at anat.ox.ac.uk
Thu Mar 21 07:43:44 EST 1996

In article <CHOLSCHR-2003961837320001 at phr013.health-sciences.tcd.ie>,
CHOLSCHR at TCD.IE (Christian Holscher) wrote:

> In article <31496942.7F92 at ford.com>, "Chris \"Big-Kahuna\" Rampson"
> <crampson at ford.com> wrote:
> > Well now, my degree is in Geology and not biology, but I have some
> > thoughts. If you are talking about a significant human response for
> > PHEREMONES - I say you are right on target. I believe that all
> > "feelings" that we get about others is governed LARGELY by how we smell
> > to each other. MUCH more emphasis on the smell than ANY other feature.
> > Hard to prove since we know so little about our sense of smell.

Not entirely true, we know its pretty poor... 

> "governed LARGELY by how we smell to each other"? How is that? If you wear
> a new perfuem people start changeing radically in their reactions towards
> your behavior? What happens if you can't smell because you have a cold?
> Does your love life collaps?
> -- 
> Christian Holscher, PhD
> Trinity College Dublin
> Dept. Pharmacol. & Therapeutics

It depends what you mean by 'smell'. Pheremones may work via olfactory
receptors but may not have an odour. Pheremones are small molecules that
should diffuse through mucus.
Also, in other species, the amount of pheremone necessary to trigger a
response is far below what would be thought of as an odour by humans, cos
we have a poor sense of smell. 
Anyone seen any experimental evidence?


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