Thursday, June 11, 2009

How the Nose Can Control Human Sexuality

If humans can train (or genetically engineer) themselves to harness pheromones, sexual attraction in the future may depend more on how someone smells than how someone looks—or whether they’re a man or a woman
In the late 19th century, one of Sigmund Freud’s nuttier friends, Dr. Wilhelm Fliess, classified the nose as the body’s most potent sex organ. According to his nasal reflux neurosis theory, “genital spots” inside the nose could excite the male libido and kick-start ovulation in women. His colleagues, however, scoffed at the idea, and Fliess died in obscurity.

But history may judge Fliess more favorably. While sex researchers have abandoned the more lurid aspects of nasal reflux theory, they agree that the nose’s sensory detectors can affect—if not flatly determine—human sexuality. There’s now reason to think that, as the nose goes, so goes sex.


Via: Mental Floss

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