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  •  Well, there are quite a few studies (3+ / 0-)
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    that talk about how much pheromones play a part in initial attraction. That stuff isn't really under debate.

    I dunno about how much it still matters if you've been married for 20 years, though.

    And what if you change deodorants? :-)

    Remember: if it's close, they'll steal it.

    by ChurchofBruce on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 06:33:28 AM PDT

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    •  Sure enough. (6+ / 0-)

      Instead of "pre-marital counseling" we could just do "scratch-n-sniff."

      I thought it was actually quite an interesting study, but I do think it's harder to get from a description of  a biological description to a determinant of behavior with a high level of confidence than some of the stated conclusions would imply.

      "But as post-apocalypse splendor goes, I've done wonders with the place." -- Riley, BTVS

      by prodigal on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 06:39:48 AM PDT

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    •  I thought the pheromone thing was debunked (2+ / 0-)
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      As in pheromones have very little influence over sexual attraction. The conclusion, IIRC, was that it more likely dated way back to a time when humans had and needed a more developed sense of smell for survival. That we've pretty much ruined our smell sensitivity living in our modern (relatively), crowded, polluted societies.

      The study, I believe, concluded that visual, physical attraction dominated and that ultimately many people even choose a mate based on financial and social considerations in some cases rejecting outright the more sexually attractive options.

      Pheromones only seemed to be a factor leading up to and during sex. And even then only in a very general sense.

      Pheromone influence is easily rejected when it comes to choosing who we spend our live with. This study sounds like anti-birth control pseudo science.

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