1959 Pheromone

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Adolf Butenandt biology



Hard to say

Speculation about pheromones in human beings opposes the notion that we are entirely rational creatures. The ideal of rationality is a fairly weak leg to stand on. Certainly we are not the only animal without instincts. The origin of chemical signaling goes back to the first animal and is shared by all living things including bacteria.

The Traditional Chinese character for silkworm is assumed to feature a small worm in a cacoon.

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