Darwin's lamentations: you got it all wrong

Darwin’s lamentations include his acknowledgement of collective ignorance in the context of how permanent modifications of structure could arise independently of natural selection. Without knowing anything about genetics or about the epigenetic effects of the sensory environment (e.g., of food odors and pheromones) on gene activation, he realized that significant, sudden changes could occur. Indeed, he wrote about ‘… variations which seem to us in our ignorance to arise spontaneously. It appears that I formerly underrated the frequency and value of these latter forms of variation, as leading to permanent modifications of structure independently of natural selection’ (Origin of Species, 6th edition, Chapter XV, p. 395, emphasis added). See also: “…we may sometimes attribute importance to characters which are really of very little importance, and which have originated from quite secondary causes, independently of natural selection.

Given the current knowledge of conserved molecular mechanisms in species from microbes to man that clearly link what organisms eat to their production of pheromones that control reproduction, why does anyone still claim that Random mutations are the substrates upon which directional natural selection acts.

Is there a model for that? I’ve seen nothing that indicates others have learned anything new about evolution since Darwin first wrote that variations leading to permanent modifications of structure could arise without natural selection. When did the idea arise that Random mutations are the substrates upon which directional natural selection acts. Whose idea was it? Was there ever any proof? If this is something that Jay R. Feierman simply made up, why doesn’t he admit it. He wrote: I am absolutely certain that if you showed this statement to any professor of biology or genetics in any accredited university anywhere in the world that 100% of them would say that “Random mutations are the substrate upon which directional natural selection acts” is a correct and true statement.

If it’s something that someone else made up, why isn’t it properly attributed to that person? Why would anyone attribute such utter nonsense to Darwin, who knew nothing about genetics, which probably means he knew nothing about random mutations?

Why would anyone ignore Darwin’s claims that his work had been misinterpreted as he indicated here (circa 1900)? variation, as leading to permanent modifications of structure independently of natural selection. But as my conclusions have lately been much misrepresented, 

Typically, when someone clearly indicates their work has been misrepresented, those who are misrepresenting it stop doing so. With Darwin’s works, however, it seems that the misrepresentations of cause and effect in the context of adaptive evolution have never stopped. People still talk about mutation-driven evolution and attribute their opinions to Darwin, who had no physiological evidence whatsoever of mutational cause. Isn’t it time to put physiological evidence into the concept of adaptive evolution, and discuss it as an alternative to mutation-driven evolution? Isn’t it time to start making sense?

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society