I am currently working on a text titled Travelling on smell-time for a book project. Abstract: The human olfactory system is a collection of distinct anatomical subsystems that are unified by their function: detecting chemicals and converting them into neural signals (Trimmer & Mainland, 2017). Five to ten percent of the air we breathe is directed by the nasal conchae toward a patch of cells on the roof and adjacent sides of the nasal cavity (Keyhani et al., 1995; Zhao et al., 2004). This area, which contains more than 100 million receptor cells (Keller & Vosshall, 2016), is where the stimulus conversion kicks off. An interesting fact: olfactory transduction is much slower than in vision or audition due to the timing of the sniff cycle. This allows the system to use temporal encoding, in combination with spatial encoding, to increase the capacity of the system. Smells smelled by those who are able to smell are thus processed from the very beginning as potential time-traveling machines, because each odorific complexity we register in our memory reflects a world in and of itself [...]
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