The Emperor of Scent (revisited)

Luca Turin, is the title character in a book I reviewed: The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession and the Last Mystery of the Senses by Chandler Burr New York: Random House (2003).  Reviewed by James Vaughn Kohl, Aurora, CO, USA.

It does not surprise me that this article about his work “Quantum explanation for how we smell gets new support” reads somewhat like my book review. It takes many years to gain acceptance — even of the most obvious of new concepts. No matter the logic, the concept could still be wrong. And who is willing to risk their academic reputation by siding with someone who might be wrong? If he’s right, however, there’s always time to begin support — when others do so.

Dr. Turin was kind enough to contact me after he read my review and he politely responded specifically to my comments about publication in Nature. I wrote:

“Publication in a prestigious journal like Nature, is a lofty goal — one that is beyond the grasp of most previously unpublished academics,  despite their credentials. Turin thinks that the deck is stacked against him, personally. A pointless year-long battle between Turin, reviewers,  and members of the Nature publication staff ensues.” (p. 150)

He told me that he had published in this prestigious journal in 1977. Carbon dioxide reversibly abolishes ionic communication between cells of early amphibian embryo. Turin L, Warner A. Nature. 1977 Nov 3;270(5632):56-7.

I hope he has the opportunity to do so, again — perhaps, without the battle. Much more is at stake than the development of better electronic noses.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society