Cognitive impotence

“If olfaction were his most important sense, man’s linguistic incapacity to describe olfactory sensations would turn him into a creature tied to his environment. Because they are ephemeral, olfactory sensations can never provide a persistent stimulus of thought. Thus the development of the sense of smell seems to be inversely related to the development of intelligence.” ALAIN CORBIN

Corbin, A. 1986 (1982). The foul and the fragrant: odor and the French social imagination. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 6.

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