When was the last time you exercised your nose? Olfaction, often called the neglected sense, is nevertheless the oldest sense. It is directly linked to the deepest, most primitive parts of your brain.
Using paper smelling-strips, we’ll open up our nasal passages and awaken old memories. (Think of it as going to the “gymnosium”!) The workout begins with scents from biblical times and early Indigenous cultures. Passing through the millennia, we’ll cover the evolution of the nose and molecular communication. We’ll sniff around the science of olfaction, revealing its mysteries and explaining aromatherapy and essential oils. We’ll also get down to business: from toothpaste to the high fashion world of fine fragrance, we’ll look at how some of the richest billionaires on Earth owe their fortunes to scent.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2017.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.