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(Daily Mail)   Woman leaves her husband after losing her sense of smell. Hmm seems like it would be the other way around   ( divider line
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2014-07-22 09:30:27 AM  
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Loucifer: She also stopped being a fan of The Rock.

Cuz she can't smell what he's cooking...

I get it! Funny stuff...
2014-07-21 05:14:08 PM  
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She looks like a goddamn Disney villain. Villainess. Whatever.

'But it was only once it had gone that I realised how powerful my sense of smell was in relation to the physical side of my relationship,' says the marketing executive, 45, from Farnham, Surrey.

Oh, yeah. Definitely a Disney villain. Villainess. Whatever.

Charlotte Self met a new partner a year ago and says that what has helped is his understanding of the challenges she faces. 'Visually, when I saw him, I was physically attracted to him,' she says. 'But it's hard when you can't smell a man'.

I can't relate so I'm going to take her word for it regarding the impact on intimacy (seems somewhat common in this situation), but I can guaranfarkingtee that if the roles were reversed and the husband found someone new immediately after the breakup, the tone of the article would be very different.
2014-07-21 04:37:23 PM  
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There could be a scientific explanation for this.

A recent study claimed that our friends are more closely related to us than mere chance would suggest.

Other studies show that women dislike the smell of their brothers in blind sniff tests.

Sexual attraction is believed to be part olfactory, which is to say, literally chemical as in "sexual chemistry" or "personal chemistry". The two studies cited above suggest that our sense of smell plays a role in attaction and repulsion, possibly because natural selection discourages us from mating with close relations and encourages us to mate with more distantly related (but not too distantly related) people so as to ensure healthy immune systems and less chance of dangerous recessive genes being expressed. You can't give a gene test to everybody that you meet, but their personal signature scent may be telling your brain a lot of things your conscious mind does not know by translating gene-linked body odors and even food-preferences to genetic suitability as a mate.

The woman may be merely a victim of human biology. For some people the sense of smell plays a powerful role in feelings and memory. For example, the narrator in Marcel Proust's great novel, Remembrance of Things Past discovers he has powerful recall of his past experiences connected to his sense of taste and smell. A madeleine (little scallop-shaped cake) and tea bring back a rush of memories that become the subject of the narrator's great novel.

All of us have had similar experiences no doubt, I know I have. Certain smells bring back memories I haven't thought about in years and evoke the feelings and sensations of a connected time in my life. For example, I ate a lot of egg sandwiches when I was in grade one and the smell of one, or something like varnish that may evoke the smell of one, brings back childhood memories connected with those sandwiches.

Another thing that comes to mind is the mental disorder which occurs when a person can no longer recognize their spouse or other people in their lives and think they have been replaced by Dopplegangers. This occurs in cases of brain damage and part of the inability to recognize people you know very well might be linked to loss of connections between scents or facial recognition due to damage to parts of the brain associated with telling our friends and family from strangers.

People with this disorder sometimes think that their loved ones have been replaced by aliens or robots. This may, of course, be merely a social construct that rationalizes the failure to recognize people. In an earlier time people believed that people could be replaced by fairies, demons, angels, or even gods. This belief might be a cultural manifestation of the same failure to recognize faces or scents or other clues as to who is whom in our personal lives.

In any case, even if the loss of interest were purely mundane, it is sad that somebody should lose so much with one of their senses.

Perhaps the famous idiot, Karl Pilkington, is right when he regards his brain as a separate entity from his conscious self, that makes him think, feel or do things that he doesn't want but can't help. A lot of scientists believe we have no free will or free will limited by instinct, biology and the way our brains are constructed and work.

They might agree that Karl Pilkington's brain has a mind of its own that is separate from what Freud called the "Ego" and that other thinkers call the Self, Imago, Concious Mind, etc.

Many of our decisions and impressions seem to be taken by the brain seconds before the conscious mind is informed of them and then we rationalize them as "choices" even though experiment clearly shows that "we" did not become aware of the "choice" until some time after the choice was made.

Nietzsche, like Freud, constructed a theory of "pulsions" or impulses that live a separate life in our mind and seek satisfaction in everything we think, say and do. These impulses range from purely instinctive drives like sex to higher order needs such as self-esteem and the need for love and approval. They may conflict or cooperate, they might even be able to lie to our conscious minds and each other like so many individuals or collective organizations working together most of the time but against each other at other times. My mind to me a kingdom is, said the poet and perhaps it is so: our conscious minds may be the sovereign, making decisions under the influence of many parties in his or her court, often prey to lies or propaganda from within or without the kingdom, and often irrational, and self-desctructive at times.

Mind you, that is a lot of speculation but similar facts and ideas are in circulation among psychologists, neurologiests, and many other people who study the mind, the brain and the metaphysics of being human.
2014-07-21 03:37:54 PM  
1 vote:
How many wives did he have?
2014-07-21 03:26:06 PM  
1 vote:
Jesus, after seeing that picture I think the husband lucked out. Grrrross
2014-07-21 03:25:00 PM  
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ikanreed: Kevin72: The real story is that now women will divorce for something petty like this.

This is the Ur MRA.  Takes a person and makes it representative of an entire gender(and of course implicitly gender roles), without knowing the first thing about the people involved.

For reals....they will divorce you for things much much pettier than this.

/ask me how I know....
///less petty?
2014-07-21 03:22:51 PM  
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Kevin72: The real story is that now women will divorce for something petty like this.

This is the Ur MRA.  Takes a person and makes it representative of an entire gender(and of course implicitly gender roles), without knowing the first thing about the people involved.
2014-07-21 02:13:10 PM  
1 vote:
That's a rough 45.
2014-07-21 10:58:33 AM  
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The real story is that now women will divorce for something petty like this. Yesterday we had the story about a man in China with a deformed penis but was still happiliy married 20 years when his pain in his stomach turned out to be ovaries and he was menstruating internally.
2014-07-21 09:51:36 AM  
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Are you sure she wasn't just done consuming his soul? Full Size
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