Sweet Pea- Margie Profet
Sweet pea is a floral note, romantic and cheerful. It also has an impressive scientific history: The flower was used in 19th century genetic research experiments. Intuition honors Margie Profet, an evolutionary biology theorist who published controversial work on menstruation and morning sickness. When she learned about menstruation at the age of 7, Profet was disgusted by the sheer inefficiency of the process. "Why go to all that trouble to make that elaborate lining just to get rid of it?” she asked. Propelled by an innate dissatisfaction with clinical explanations and scientific status quo surrounding these biological responses, she eventually began to cultivate a new perspective. The idea that menstruation evolved as protection against disease came to her in a vivid dream of black triangles stuck in deep red tissue. Profet’s theories were born of her own fundamental approach: the desire to find the adaptive purpose in biological processes using her own intuitive understanding of the world around her—an emphasis on the ultimate rather than proximate explanations of life.