“I should think we might fairly gauge the future of biological science, centuries ahead, by estimating the time it will take to reach a complete, comprehensive understanding of odor.”
It may soon make sense to use pheromones responsible for quorum sensing in one strain to suppress the pathological growth of other strains.
Changes driven by the evolution of our olfactory acuity and specificity also rule out domain-specific modules.
Should the behavior analysts’ approach be compared to a biologically-based approach with a dietary supplement?
This effect helps to explain why the odor preferences of mammals, including humans, appear to develop before birth, but it probably has nothing to do with visual input except via its association with olfactory/pheromonal input, neurogenesis, learning and memory.
The “chain of causality” of epigenetic changes has been established across all species via the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization.
chemical signals from food and from conspecifics the most important of all signals involved in biologically based cause and effect.
Antagonists of scientific inquiry know their audience, and orchestrate their own parades for these specific target audiences.