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A Natural History of the Senses

As to why floral smells should excite us, well, flowers have a robust and energetic sex life: A flower’s fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar. Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, lifeforce, all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth. We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages, we feel young and nubile in  world aflame with desire.

An Excerpt from A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman

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