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 convert them into neural signals (Trimmer & Mainland, 2017). The air we inspire is directed by the nasal conchae toward a patch of cells on the roof and adjacent sides of the nasal cavity. This area, which contains more than 100 million receptor cells (Keller & Vosshall, 2016), is where the stimulus conversion kicks off. 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 able to smell are thus processed from the very beginning to be potential time-traveling machines, because each odorific complexity we register in our memory reflects a world by itself. Before unfolding the idea further, here is the perspective from which I ground my reflection. [...]
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