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.

Join 1,691 other subscribers