How Many Smells Can You Smell?

How Many Smells Can You Smell?

How many smells can you smell? The surprising answer coming up next on today’s Creation Moments Minute.

Until recently it was commonly thought that humans can smell approximately 10,000 different odors, so scientists at Rockefeller University in New York put that to the test. They soon discovered we can actually smell one trillion different odors – and even this is most likely an underestimate! Did our Creator endow us with such an amazing sense of smell as an act of love by enabling us to appreciate the delightful aroma of flowers and food? In fact, we couldn’t enjoy the food we eat if it weren’t for our ability to smell.

Our sense of smell is one example of what is called God’s common grace. He has given this gift to everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. But only believers can appreciate this as a gift from God and not an evolutionary accident of nature.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.


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Ref: “Nose can detect one trillion odours,” BBC News Health, 3/20/14.