The Scented World

Our Sense of Smell and Lived Experience

It has been said that chemical signals were the earliest signals exchanged between organisms, and that our sense of smell is what remains of our exchange of chemical signals from our distant and most rudimentary ancestors. And we know that our sense of smell is not particularly keen, since our dogs, possibly the species that is closest to us emotionally and socially (though not genetically), and with which we spend so much time, possess far greater acuity than we do in this respect. We use the noses of dogs as a proxy for our own…