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Genie in a Bottle: Scent, Sex or $$

There is a a medical condition called Amnosia that should be the bane of every wine lovers existence—it is the loss of smell. 

Wine lovers appreciate their nose—95% of the characteristics we pick-up in wine come from our olfactory system.

However, not everybody appreciates their sense of smell.  Dr. Rachel Herz, in her book, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell cites research that indicates most people rank the loss of smell near the bottom of a list of possibilities, equivalent to losing a big toe.

Our ability to smell, however, in many ways provides the texture to our life. Couples are compatible in many ways, but research indicates that primordially we are compatible based on scent—pheremones.

And, smell certainly adds to the tapestry of our life—the smell of coffee in the morning, the smell of baking bread, the scent of freshly cut grass, and the list goes on. 

This got me thinking because scent is so intrinsically linked to wine appreciation that any reduction in our capacity to smell would surely take the joy out of being a wine lover. 

Because my wine enthusiasm is integral to who I am as a person, I let my mind wander ... to thoughts of a parlor game ... related to other things that are integral to life—notably dreams, sex and money.

The question is: If a genie offered you three wishes that required a subtraction before addition, would you:

1) Lose your sense of smell but be guaranteed to earn $100,000 every year for the rest of your life?

2) Lose your sense of smell but be guaranteed mind-blowing sex at your every whim for the rest of your life?

3) Lose your sense of smell but be guaranteed that one of your unfulfilled aspirations would occur at a time of your choosing?

Thoughts?  Leave a comment or answer the poll in the right column.

Additional Reading

Slate.com: The Nose that Never Knows


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