Ecological adaptations and amino acid substitutions

One crank dies, another rises to take his place.

Excerpt: “I was asked to look at a string of comments left on a science article by a fellow going by the pseudonym JVK, and all the Davison traits were there. Pretentious phrasing. Repetition: if the audience didn’t get it the first time, just say the same thing again, twice. A kind of sneering anger that people don’t understand how smart he is. An obsession with one narrow idea, which is his, which explains all of evolution and proves that everyone else is wrong. Behold James Vaughn Kohl.” My comment: Hi everyone, that’s me! The comments I made were in discussion of  why “A third of Americans don’t believe in evolution

The comments on this biology teacher’s blog are exemplary, much better than at PhysOrg. After comparing what I’ve written in a discussion on evolutionary theory to Van Valen’s thoughts about ecology and adaptations, my published works are ignored. I’m crucified for being more like the Creationist Dobzhansky who wrote: “…the only worthwhile biology is molecular biology. All else is “bird watching” or “butterfly collecting.” Bird watching and butterfly collecting are occupations manifestly unworthy of serious scientists!”

That was name-calling at its finest! I’ve done no better despite provocation.

Then Dobzhansky wrote: “Nothing in Biology Makes Any Sense Except in the Light of Evolution,” but most people decided to accept mutation-driven evolution as if there was experimental evidence from molecular biology to support it. It’s been great fun for me to integrate the experimental evidence on nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations and to be ignored. And it’s even more fun now, since I know that within a few weeks we will see a report come from “out of the blue” and assert the same things I’ve been saying for nearly two decades — since book publication in 1995. This will bring back Van Valen, Dobzhansky, Elaine Morgan, Lynn Margulis, and others whose understanding of the basic principle of biology and levels of biological organization might have led to great scientific progress, if not for the evolutionary theorists and human ethologists (i.e., the bird-watchers and butterfly collectors).

Meanwhile, as we await the report on the 96 amino acid substitutions in the human genome that distinguish us from our most recent extinct ancestor, you can learn why nothing about evolution makes sense except in the light of molecular biology. It’s because what we’ve learned about molecular biology proves that ecological variation is responsible for species diversity, not mutation-driven evolution. That’s why evolution doesn’t make sense. It’s because there is no such thing as mutation-driven evolution.

I hope others will scan the comments thread at the link above and try to make sense of people’s belief in mutation-initiated natural selection or mutation-driven evolution in a world where it has become perfectly clear that ecological adaptations and amino acid substitutions are responsible for species diversity, and mutations are not. Van Valen, Dobzhansky, Morgan, and Margulis died before having their chance to have the last laugh. But, in their way, they were all serious scientists among others who have always laughed at the theorists. They just didn’t laughed as loudly as serious scientists soon will be.

About James V. Kohl 1308 Articles
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