Unexplainable, the new Vox Podcast on things we don't know (yet) - starting to air THIS WEDNESDAY.
First Episode: The Sense of Smell
Feat. Claire Guest on Medical Detection Dogs, Andreas Mershin in the Nanonose (bioelectronic noses!), and me on the still open questions in the science of smell!
I talk with Ambarish Satwik about Smellosophy.
TODAY, Tuesday, 23rd February. TIME : 2:30 PM IST | 4:00 AM EST VIRTUAL VENUE : Durbar Hall
Register & watch here: JLF LINK
Read about JLF and its featured books (including Smellosophy) in The New Indian Express.
I talk together with Charles Ludington, a historian of both wine and cheese (at NC State), about wine. Its history and the materality that we perceive when we drink a good glass... and what happens in the mind-brain thereafter.
Yesterday I woke up and decided to write about the take aways from interviewing scientists for my book (on my regular Blog "Molecules to Mind" for Psychology Today).
(One of my book reviewers had encouraged me to do so and gave me the idea. That was 2018 ... and I never got around it. Until now. There is, of course, much MUCH more to say. But it is a start. And intentionally a short piece for now: a distilled version of what to keep in mind when making conversation as an interviewer. Quick coffee length writing. I hope you enjoy it!)
Link --> "Listen more, Talk Less: How to Make Conversation"
"Barwich takes us deeper into the human stories, key advances, and dead ends of olfaction science....to build a comprehensive picture of the current state of research, while offering rich historical context"
Barbara Kiser reviews Smellosophy in tandem with 3 other books on smell ("Nose Dive" by Harold McGee, "Smell: A Very Short Introduction" by Matthew Cobb, and "Smells: A Cultural History of Odours in Early Modern Times" by Robert Muchembled)
Link to her review in --> Issues in Science and Technology
I decided to put my Twitter handle @Smellosopher at rest. I wrote about my reasons for this in a brief essay on Medium:
"Pulling the Plug: Leaving Social Media for Parts Unknown".
Instead, I will use this site to post weekly updates about anything that might be relevant enough to mention.
Like THIS --> My book was mentioned by, wait for it, ...
**The NEW YORK TIMES**
(And yes, of course, I called my mum.)
"What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?"
Could Smell Be a Measure of Consciousness?
A recent study shows the clinical value of your nose.