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Why Science Won't Get You A Date
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Why Science Won't Get You A Date
09-07-2009 5:01 PM


"Sometimes, the information is just out of date. For instance, this article that supports the existence of human pheromones was originally written in 1992. Whatever the reason, whenever someone or something, advertisment or politician, uses the phrases "scientifically proven" or "scientists say", we must evaluate the credibility of that "science" and find the grain of truth that lies embedded within it."

What 1992 article do they mean? Neither of these match their date.
Berliner, D.L., Jennings White, C., & Lavker, R.M. (1991) The human skin: Fragrances and pheromones. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 39, 4B, 671 679.
Monti Block, L., Jennings White, C., Dolberg, D.S., & Berliner, D.L. (1994) The human vomeronasal system. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 19, 5 7, 673 686.

The grain of truth that was embedded in these articles is that we produce and respond to pheromones. One way to separate advertising claims from scientific fact is to watch for mention of the non-functional human VNO. Adding DNA to a shampoo seems much more far-fetched with regard to cause and effect, as they mention, but many people have been primed to accept such unsubstantiated claims.

James V. Kohl
09-07-2009 5:01 PM
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