Another distinguished neuroscientist — Johan Lundstrom of the Monell Chemical Senses Center — has given the world yet another stunning report about life on our planet: “There really is such a thing as old-person smell!”
I’m not sure the world was ready for this. Or even remotely interested in this. But often this is what our researchers do with all that money and all those test-subjects. In this case, Lundstrom’s team worked with dozens of volunteers of different ages, asking them to wear absorbent T-shirts to bed for five nights. They were asked to forgo the use of their usual perfumed products.
The shirts were then collected and presented to a panel of volunteers to smell. Among the results reported were: (1) the scent of older people was by far more distinctive (2) the scent of older people was also the least intense and the least offensive (3) young and middle aged men ranked more odoriferous than their female peers (4) as men grow older they smell more and more like a woman.
Lundstrom’s data are all there in last month’s Los Angeles Times. If you’re really interested. I’m really not.
However, what does interest me is how time and again modern scientific research seems to re-affirm old adages, sayings, and cliches. In effect, ancient beliefs, often poo-hoohed as myths and old-wives-tales, appear to hold up. I mean really, fellas, can’t you tell us anything new…? We already knew veggies are good for us…cigarettes are bad for us…alpha males die young…unmarried women often live longer ….too much sun is harmful….and jocks stink.
One is struck with this thought.
If modern science is spending millions to re-discover so many things we have taken for granted for so long, is it just possible that science will some day do the same with God…? Lets think of it this way. Perhaps all these people all these centuries who have taken for granted there must be some kind of first-cause-higher-power…that too may have been right all along!
But I digress. Science is still working on that. Here’s a guess. By the time the first physicist at long last finds there is a God, he’ll find some theologian just got there first!
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