While I was perusing for ANY POSSIBLE evidence (evidence, not arguments) for quantum phenomena and “free will,” I stumbled across this bit of vomit from Discover Magazine! It was published earlier this year after we have evidence AGAINST the “vibration theory of olfaction” (and so also against quantum tunneling) which was published back in 2004! Vosshall and Keller took the allegations of conspiracy within the scientific community made by Turin very seriously, so they tested it. They performed a double blind study to see if the prediction that a mixture of guaiacol and benzaldehyde would smell like vanilla. They also tested to see if aldehydes with different chain lengths would have different smells because, hey, they have different vibration frequencies (which they do, but it doesn’t play any role in smell). The results are practically amazing.
Figure 1: additive synthesis and homologous series
(a) subjects rated (1-13) the vanilla character of samples presented with an interval of 30 seconds between samples
(b) odor dissimilarity of pairs of aldehydes rated from 0-10 (10 being very different)
(c) data shown in b are reploted to compare median similarity rating for pairs of aldehydes consisting of two odd, two even, or an odd and an even chain length
Look at the data, it shows something cool. Know what it is? That’s right kids, the sense of smell wasn’t fooled by those pesky quantum vibrations!
That’s got to be all, right? Well, as it turns out, Turin’s theory makes another prediction along with his accusations of conspiracy. It predicted that acetophenone (AP) and deuterated acetophenone (DAP), which are identical in shape and structure, but vibrate at different frequencies, would smell different. They tested this by having three different types of exposure. One in which both were regular AP, one in which both were DAP, and one which was had one of each. Subjects were then asked to rate the similarity of the two samples they received. ALL THREE SETS OF DATA WERE THE SAME! Yea, so, people thought AP smelled differently than AP just as much as people thought AP smelled differently than DAP.
1) All three predictions of the Vibration Theory of Olfaction were proven to not happen
2) This was demonstrated in 2004
3) Discover Magazine published this in 2009
Quit trying to hide shit in the quantum, it’s annoying, Fleming’s work is useful, Turin’s theory of olfaction has been already demonstrated patently false.
Note to the author of the Discover Magazine article: pinanethiol is molecularly NOTHING like pinanol. While pinanethiol has a sulfur atom bound to a hydrogen atom that sticks out of the core of the structure while pinanol has an oxygen that’s bound one carbon up the making it farther into the molecule. Just look at the structures, man, seriously.
Today’s journalistic lesson: FACT CHECK! Those elephant wings aren’t quantum, they don’t exist!
Keller et al. A psychophysical test of the vibration theory of olfaction. 2004 Nature Neuroscience 7:337-338