What does a mother show by giving birth anonymously ? What is it that drives her, sometimes, to again look for the child she has abandoned ? And what drives the latter the former abandoned child himself to go in search of his origins ? Are the goals and expectations of the child the same as those of the mother ? For the first time, children born by X, today adults, bear witness. Georgina Souty coordinates a French organization which seeks the right to the origins of abandoned children Pascal Dupont, who was born by X , was adopted when he was four months old.
Disparaged by the great philosophers and even by Darwin, who considered it useless, yet praised by Proust and Baudelaire for the richness of the emotions it inspires, the human sense of smell is generally considered secondary to the other senses. But is it really? André Holley makes a scientific argument for this powerful yet ambiguous sense. He also examines the tendency on the part of our society to deodorise to refuse accept that smells are sometimes bad, on the other hand inventing entirely new smells with the help of chemistry. Researcher at the CNRS, André Holley is a professor of neuroscience at the university Claude-Bernard in Lyon.