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so silent farts smell different then audible ones! its scientific!
Yes. They are deadly nostril assassins.
    
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Maybe in 1/5 cases..I smell what I sniff.
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This makes perfect sense. I never really smell things till someone mentions it then I instantly notice.
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Isn't that how our brain works with everything? For example say if I said I was going to show you something red. You automatically rule out all objects in your brain that could not possibly be red before you even see it.
Yep, I read this and was like... Yep. Way to blow tax payer dollars to scientifically prove what was already apparent.
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so silent farts smell different then audible ones! its scientific!


That made my day.
 
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Isn't that how our brain works with everything? For example say if I said I was going to show you something red. You automatically rule out all objects in your brain that could not possibly be red before you even see it.
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But that would be done by ourselves, this is something we can't control
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"If somebody hands you a bottle of milk and asks, 'Is this milk rotten?' there may not be any visual clues to help you accurately determine if the milk has spoiled, so you rely on your sense of smell," Zelano said. "Our study indicated that if your brain can successfully form a template of a rotten milk smell, then you would more accurately determine whether that milk is rotten and therefore you are less likely to get sick.
That is basically what others are saying. When someone asks you if milk is rotten, you automatically think about how rotten milk would smell. Then test said milk.

I have a feeling the article means something different, but they are definitely not saying it properly.
     
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post #17 of 34
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Yep, I read this and was like... Yep. Way to blow tax payer dollars to scientifically prove what was already apparent.
The how and why can be more important than the what happens. Everyone knows fire is hot and burns. It did not stop people from finding out how, why, and the different ways to create combustion. Now we have cars.
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Our brain does this with everything, all the major senses.
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I never could decide if something smells rotten so when asked I always say yes.
     
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The how and why can be more important than the what happens. Everyone knows fire is hot and burns. It did not stop people from finding out how, why, and the different ways to create combustion. Now we have cars.
Perhaps, but they didn't really get into specifics. Your brain controls how you perceive and interact with everything. So it is somewhat easy to conclude that you brain is expecting to smell certain things. It has been stated many times that "the sense of smell is the strongest sense tied to memory."

If someone were to say is this rotten, and you have smelled(smelt?) the same thing before when it was rotten, you will already have a preconceived notion of what it would smell like.

The question is, are they saying that because you have a preconceived notion of how it would smell that it would automatically smell that way at first, or just that you can recall from memory what something smells like.

If it is the latter, IMO this article isn't stating much.
     
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