Monday, August 24, 2015

Philosophy Wire: Human nose. Scientific research. I smell prejudice… Go back!


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2015-08-24]: A researcher is disputing recent findings that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion odors. He says the data used in a 2014 study published in Science does not support this claim. He says this is important because those findings are already making their way into neuroscience textbooks, misinforming up-and-coming investigators and cutting off potentially productive lines of research that do not adhere to those findings. [1] Everything we know has disastrous impact on the future. Everything we believe we “know” automatically cuts off the road to anything different. We walk in a road and without knowing where that road leads to, we decide during our travel that this is the correct road. It takes courage to move forward. But it needs more courage and wisdom to decide at some point to go back…

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