Following the Dog into a World of Smell
“The act of smelling something, anything,” wrote Lewis Thomas, “is remarkably like the act of thinking itself.” And yet humans, thoughtful creatures, rarely spend much of any day smelling anything at all. In this Master Class we use the model of that super-smeller, the domestic dog, to re-consider and re-awaken our own sense of smell. We will focus on the dog’s olfactory skills and on our own. Arrive unafraid to smell.
Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, where she also runs the Dog Cognition Lab. Her book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know was a best-seller, and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Most recently, she published Being a Dog, a follow up to Inside of a Dog.