We had just discussed the process of transduction when outside stimuli is converted into neuronal signals. For vision, transduction from electromagnetic radiation to neuronal signals occurs in the receptors termed rods and cones lining the retina. For audition, transduction from sound waves occurs in the hair cells along the basilar membrane.
Here (pun intended, "hear," ha ha) we have new data showing that these chemical detectors for scent are not limited to the nose. We take in chemical odor from the largest organ of the body, the skin. This can even serve as treatment for skin abrasions, as shown by the presence of Sandalore, a synthetic sandalwood odor.
This is a great potential metaphor on what it can look like to increase flexibility. It is easy to get stuck in ruts of perception: we take in data the same way, fill in gaps with former knowledge and expectation, cubby holing the information into standard categories. What would be like, today, to go out with the realization that our skin does smell? How about expanding other ways we take in information and people, perhaps being less rigid with judgments and expectations.
What new worlds and relationships and concepts will then open up to us?