We incorporated what is currently known about the ability of chemical signals to condition behavior. This conditioning occurs via epigenetic effects that calibrate and standardize the molecular biology of intracellular signal transduction and stochastic gene expression
the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones that enable the ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction that is responsible for our adaptively evolved behavior.
“You cannot predict where important discoveries will be. The only thing you can do is follow your instinct.”
Earlier this year I addressed the commonalities and the adaptive evolution of differences in systems-level and behavioral responses in the context of the FDA Critical Path Initiative and ASAM policy statement.
Just as the influence of diet and pheromones can be in the larval stages or in other developmental stages of insects, it can also be in the pre- and postconception stages of mammals, including humans.
Does it make sense to examine the value of a global analysis of gene expression… from any perspective that does not include both the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and the epigenetic effects of pheromones…
The inability to think their way through from gene activation to behavior that activates genes (e.g., in cells) results in their inability to understand eco-evolution…
Ingestive behavior and social behavior are odor receptor-mediated in all species (not just those that are sensitive to light) as would be expected due to the common molecular biology of all species.
Attempts to discuss the role of nutrient chemicals and pheromones in cognitive neuroscience discussion groups have met with outright hostility. So, let’s wait another week, month, or year until the convergence becomes perfectly clear.