Tag Archive: niche construction

Pheromones and unconscious affects

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Conducting a Field Test on Pheromones Excerpt: “…my pheromonal research suggests that any individual who is looking to elicit increased affection from women should 1) ask them what they’re reading 2) offer a compliment and 3) spill a bowl of…
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RNA-mediated species specificity

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Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression,…
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Making sense of quotes scattered across disciplines

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Speaking of Science November 2014’s selection of notable quotes By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2014 My comment: The quotes are scattered from across disciplines, but can be linked to what is known about conserved molecular mechanisms of biologically-based…
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We need pattern recognition, not a prologue

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Prolegomenon “a preliminary discussion…; a prologue.” “… we need a mapping from genotype to phenotype, from phenotype to what is selected, and from what is selected to the new genotype (Lewontin, 1961). — cited in Prolegomenon to patterns in evolution…
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Are evolutionary theorists ‘nob ends’?

The past is not the key to the present

Interview – Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince Robin Ince “Am I wrong to sometimes be scared of science idiots?” Brian Cox  “…my favoured response would be: ‘you bunch of utter nob ends’.  See also:  “The problem with today’s world…
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Unassailable evidence vs assumptions

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Putting the theory before the data: Is “massive modularity” a necessary foundation of evolutionary psychology? Excerpt 1) “Anyone who attends HBES, EHBEA, ISHE or any of the other conferences dedicated to the approach will discover that new fields of study…
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Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular biology (PCMb)

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Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular biology (PCMb) link ecological variation to ecological adaptations via a model of gene-cell-tissue-organ-organ system complexity that I first presented in 1992. After adding gene activation by pheromones, I co-authored a book that linked the pheromone-controlled physiology…
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Ecological variation and niche construction: 1, 2, 3

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Part 1 From its most basic expression in grazing and predatory nematodes with differences in morphological and behavioral phenotypes, neurogenic niche construction is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled. One of these two worms has teeth. It also recognizes self vs other differences…
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Probable changes in connectivity

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Table of Contents: Nature Reviews Neuroscience October 2014 Vol 15 No 10 Excerpt from: Research Highlights: Learning and memory: Uncoupling memory traces “The emotional valence of a memory can be changed, and this probably involves a change in the connectivity…
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Do mutations and natural selection lead to neuronal organization?

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Neuronal organization of olfactory bulb circuits Excerpt 1): “…new neuronal types and connections are often not taken into account in building a model of the olfactory bulb network. We are concerned with this trend of omission as it may hinder…
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