Re: Identity by smell (was Re:silly walks department)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 11:18:09 MDT

>From: James Rogers <>
>On Thu, 08 Jun 2000, Zero Powers wrote:
> > >From: James Rogers <>
> > >
> > >I think so, though I am not 100% positive. As I said, this is
> > >I've noticed; my aggregate sample size may not be large enough to mean
> > >anything, although my samples do cover a broad range of ethnic groups.
> > >do know of other people who have noticed the same thing though.
> >
> > Well I know I can smell the differences of the members of my family.
>Ahhh...this is exactly what I am talking about. So are you saying you
>could identify the members of your family strictly by smell?

Well, yes and no. The members of my immediate family have distinct scents
that I can recognize and differentiate. However, my sense of smell is such
that I can only pick up their scents when we are in the closest of embraces.
  In that situation, if blindfolded, I would be more readily able to
differentiate them from the *feel* of the embrace as opposed to the scent.
But if their scents could somehow be magnified so that I could pick it up
without a tight hug, then yes, I do believe I could pick them out by smell


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