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=p Well smell things like a dog does more like.

This is a question for those of you who are familiar with genetics.
I was wondering if i can insert a vector into my body that would begin the process of improving my sense of smell to the power of a dog's?

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« Reply #1 on: 23/04/2009 01:19:09 »
You'll need a bigger nose too.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 23/04/2009 02:24:48 »
Well what if the smell receptors were to be more advanced/efficient than a dogs to make up for the size difference?

More importantly do you think such a procedure would ever be possible?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 23/04/2009 02:31:12 »
More importantly do you think such a procedure would ever be possible?
In my humble opinion, no.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/04/2009 02:37:17 »

In my humble opinion, no.

Say it isn't so... But i was under the impression that we could foreseeably  do so in the future. Ive heard such phrases as "the software changing the hardware" and such...it all kinda got my hopes up.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/04/2009 02:38:40 »
Even if it were to be possible, you'll still need a bigger nose. Dogs have 30-40 times more receptors than we do, and the olfactory centre is 40 times larger compared to the olfactory centre of a human brain, in terms of the ratio.
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« Reply #6 on: 23/04/2009 02:41:33 »
This is depressing.

So your saying that I wouldn't have enough space in my brain for the olefactory upgrade to take place also?
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« Reply #7 on: 23/04/2009 02:45:22 »
Anyway, is the ability to smell good even linked to genetics? Or is it just the nose and the processing unit? I know the ability to smell certain odours is genetic but a good sense of smell.....  :-\
 

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« Reply #8 on: 23/04/2009 02:48:30 »
Well i thought it was the nose and the processing unit. I should think smells would be much more intense and detailed in a dogs world.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 23/04/2009 02:50:08 »
So your saying that I wouldn't have enough space in my brain for the olefactory upgrade to take place also?
Well right now it looks like:



http://www.scribd.com/doc/8805507/Brain-Facts-Sensory-and-Precept-Ion

I can't see anywhere for it to expand/upgrade.  :)
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/04/2009 02:54:37 »
I wouldn't mind changing the shape of my skull to accommodate it. Actually i should be glad to do it because thats not the only upgrade i would like, surly i will be needing more room for memory expansion and speed upgrades =p.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 23/04/2009 03:00:34 »
Hmmm....

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(Some estimates allocate one-third of the dog’s brain to the chore of scenting.) All this adds up to a canine scenter that has thousands to millions of times the ability of his human counterpart.

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/7_11/features/Canine-Sense-of-Smell_15668-1.html

Well, your brain already uses about one-fourth of itself in visual processing so after the upgrade you'll only have 5/12 (41.7%) left for everything else! [:0]
 

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« Reply #12 on: 23/04/2009 03:52:10 »
Thats why i brought up the skull expansion idea. So it can hold more mass.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 23/04/2009 03:56:45 »
Why do you want to be able to smell like a dog? I don't understand.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 23/04/2009 04:02:27 »
For the sheer pleasure it would bring i suppose. It would probably make me feel more alive as well.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 23/04/2009 04:03:31 »
So say it were possible and not very very expensive, would you do it?
 

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« Reply #16 on: 23/04/2009 04:10:20 »
definitely!!!

I mean just imagine smelling things in such detail and intensity. Imagine how food would taste!?...smell rather. And all the other stuff like breezes and places.
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« Reply #17 on: 23/04/2009 04:13:58 »
Well, at least you are not the only one on this forum who wants to be an animal. Or think they already are!
No offense intended.  :)
 

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« Reply #18 on: 23/04/2009 04:19:32 »
non taken. But do you understand why i find it so appealing?
 

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« Reply #19 on: 23/04/2009 04:22:45 »
Yes, of course I do, but why smell? Why not the ability to see as well as an eagle, or to see UV light, or to swim in the ocean for hours without coming up for a breath, or to have wings so you can fly where ever you want? :)
 

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« Reply #20 on: 23/04/2009 04:27:23 »
Well I chose smell because it would be the most pleasurable. I really love being able to smell. But wings would be equally nice....I'm told that there is some improbability associated with wings though...involving energy, weight, and such.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 23/04/2009 05:43:08 »
I suppose smelling can bring you all kinds of memories eh? :)
 

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« Reply #22 on: 23/04/2009 06:03:50 »
I suppose smelling can bring you all kinds of memories eh? :)

sorry i don't quite follow.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 23/04/2009 06:04:44 »
No, never mind, I was just talking a load of dribble. :D
 

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« Reply #24 on: 23/04/2009 06:47:38 »
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