"The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store" by Catherine Sarah Young, in: Karen O’Brian, Ann El Khoury, Nicole Schafenacker, Jordan Rosenfeld (Eds.), Our Entalngeld Future. Stories to Empower Quantum Social Change, University of Oslo, 2019. http://cchange.no/ourentangledfuture/
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In "The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store", Catherine Sarah Young tells the story about scents from the natural world that we may not be able to experience in the future -- something that is rarely considered when discussing the impacts of climate change. Her story follows Emilia, a perfumer living on a floating city who makes concoctions from plants that have all but disappeared from the Earth. Young’s story is about the power of smell to evoke memories from earlier times: “Older people wanted to recall the memories of their youth when there was much more to smell, such as the scents of older varieties of fruits and flowers, and the odors of seasons when they were more distinct. Younger ones wanted new experiences, though Emilia was saddened that they would never get to smell a field of lavender or a beach with coconut trees.” Interestingly, some biologists regard our sense of smell to be a quantum phenomenon. (Text: excerpt from "Our Entangled Future").
Find out more about the artist and scientist Catherine Sarah Young here: https://theperceptionalist.com/about/
Credits: Catharine Sarah Young, The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store, 2014
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