Let's break that statement from Discovery down into pieces:
a) Some people have a smell that's attractive to a bigger group of people than others. Which is only logical. As EEK points out: the way we smell is based on our blue print. Genes with little deceases should attract more people.
b) In physical appearance some people attract a bigger group of people than others. Research shows us that symmetrical features attract. People who posses those features, generally have a more healthy genetic blue print
The correlation between certain physical beauty-aspects and the attractive smell produced, is therefor not weird at all, since they both give us signals about the genes underneath.
And that's the baseline of what the system of chemistry is all about; finding a genetic compatible mate. And the more healthy the genes, the more people will feel that they are compatible. However; matching comes from both ways or it won't work ;) So that the more people are attracted to you, does not mean you are attracted to them, or at least not all. Though it needs to be pointed out women seem more sensitive to this than men. Since she births children, nature has made her a bit more selective.
BUT; it is not meant to say that the people we feel attracted to need be "beautiful" by general standards. Reasons for that.
a) Our nature makes us find someone genetically compatible. A good genetic match to me, may be a disastrous match to another.
b) Just because there is a significant correlation between physical appearance, attractive smells and healthy genes, does not mean there is a guarantee. Especially not in this day and age.
c) Our social perspective can have a great influence on what we consider "beautiful" and that can damn near overwrite instincts. The mind is such a powerful thing.
There is a tricky part when it comes to us humans. We could actually debate how well this ancient system is still working these days. The way we live has made us less susceptible to natural instincts. We hide our bodies under clothes, which research has shown makes us less able to judge body-language and therefor also diminishes our ability to pick up on subtle (sexual) cues. We use cosmetic products all the time that change the way we look and smell. Several medication and supplements are known to change the way your own sweat smells and the way your body distributes fluids (which is an important way of how the body creates symmetry) for both better and worse. Not to mention surgery- both medical and plastic. And even the way we judge scents is compromised. For instance: several studies have pointed out that women who are on hormonal birth control judge scents very differently.
This thread reminds me of my biology-teacher in highschool who explained women have been given a difficult task by nature. She needs to find genetic compatible male to conceive a child with. But she also needs to bond with a man with more caring aspects, as her infant will be born helpless and needs many years growing up before reaching adulthood. Iow: a good mate and a good father to her child. Hardly do they come in one package- or so it seems :rolleyes: Sex is both the biological and social glue to achieve her purpose. Which is why women can feel so confused being attracted to men without any reason but her cells screaming fire, yet wanting to be with another who's sweet, charming, kind, reliable, caring, etc.
In the society as we've built it where monogamy is celebrated and fatherhood is planned pre-dating conception; we don't live by nature's standards at all. Although perhaps our social layers cover up more than we think. It's not surprising that a large world-wide DNA-research program by accident pointed out that about 1/3 of all fathers are raising children that are biologically not his, without him knowing this :rolleyes:
Posted: 08 Oct 23:58