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pheromones ? Do they smell or not?

(21 Posts)
jellyjelly Sat 30-Jun-07 21:54:12

Having a conversation do pheromones smell or are they want you dont smell but you are attracted too?

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 21:54:50

they don't smell

Boco Sat 30-Jun-07 21:56:11

Yes, they smell strongly of jam tarts.

jellyjelly Sat 30-Jun-07 21:56:44

thanks will look forward to smelling jam in the clubs.

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 21:57:40

i think you can smell them, each person smells of something don't they

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:01:41

yes, but the smell you conciously smell with your nose is smell. Pheremones aren't dealt with by the same receptors in your nose so you don't class them as 'smell'.

Boco Sat 30-Jun-07 22:02:41

Yes but your brain translates them into jam tarts.

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 22:07:37

what are they? as if you were explaining to a 6 year old

mm jam tarts

elasticbandstand Sat 30-Jun-07 22:08:32

not everyone can smell them, suposedly!

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:12:31

Think of pheremones as the smell equivalent of a sound just too high to hear, or UV light which you can't actually see.
So we can detect them and they affect us but not in quite the same way that smells / sounds / light in the 'visible' spectrum do.

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 22:20:18

no i'm still lost

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:22:16


they are the non-smelly 'smell' chemicals that make us fancy people?

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 22:24:29

chemistry then

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:25:21

oh yes
[nods sagely]

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 22:29:14

maybe it's a mix of all senses merging into one

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:30:44

[strokes beard]
it's actually an extra sense, you know - the receptors are up your nose and the chemicals are like ones that smell, but you can't actually smell them...

southeastastra Sat 30-Jun-07 22:32:07

oh like an aura then?

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:42:23

well no, because Science can detect pheremones and the receptors we use to 'smell' them, and afaik auras are a closed book to the peer-reviewed literature...

policywonk Sat 30-Jun-07 22:46:03


Are you Ben Goldacre in disguise?

MrsBadger Sat 30-Jun-07 22:48:00

no, but I may have some of his articles stuck above my monitor at work

oh who am I kidding, he is my hero

policywonk Sat 30-Jun-07 22:49:20

heh heh


(I love him too. I get very when he talks about Mrs Bad Science.)

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