The evolution of vitamins?

What the Evolution of Vitamins Means For Human Health

by Carl Zimmer

“Today, in my “Matter” column for the Times, I look at the lessons that history can teach us for improving human health. My favorite one is learning how to use vitamins as weapons against our invisible enemies.”

My comment: Carl Zimmer’s perspectives continue to amaze me, but not amuse me. No matter what I write about nutrient-dependent de novo creation of olfactory receptor genes, de novo creation of species-specific blends of pheromones, and de novo creation of novel physical structures like teeth, Zimmer is determined to portray such things only in the context of evolutionary theory.

Zimmer has now decided to tell others that vitamins evolve — as if there were no such thing as biophysical constraints on their evolution or the evolution of anything else. Clearly, at some point he will need to address the laws of physics or simply reaffirm what he wrote in The Surprising Origins of Evolutionary Complexity about the opinion of other evolutionary theorists.

Q. How did evolutionary complexity arise, Carl?

“Others maintain that as random mutations arise, complexity emerges as a side effect, even without natural selection to help it along. Complexity, they say, is not purely the result of millions of years of fine-tuning through natural selection—the process that Richard Dawkins famously dubbed “the blind watchmaker.” To some extent, it just happens.”

Did evolutionary complexity arise before or after vitamins evolved? Does the evolution of vitamins and organismal complexity defy the laws of physics? Is that why the laws of physics have been abandoned by evolutionary biologists? Is it  because they don’t fit into the context of mutation-initiated natural selection?

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