Finding nutrient-dependent Darwinian selection again, and again, and again

Peeling back the palimpsest, and finding selection again By Razib Khan | September 7, 2013 2:04 am

Excerpt: “Where this debate about the power of selection will end is anyone’s guess. Nor do I care. Rather, what’s important is getting a finer-grained map of the dynamics at work so that we may perceive reality with greater clarity.”

My comment: Debate about the power of Darwinian selection will end when everyone realizes what must be selected to enable the ‘conditions of life‘ that Darwin put before the concept of natural selection for morphological variation. Clearly, all life is nutrient-dependent and reproduction is controlled by the metabolism of nutrients to pheromones in species from microbes to man. For an accurate representation of how this occurs in mammals, see: Modeling Recent Human Evolution in Mice by Expression of a Selected EDAR Variant  and Identifying Recent Adaptations in Large-Scale Genomic Data.

I can’t make it any easier for others to understand the concept of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution until they are willing to read reports like these and quit thinking in terms of uncontrolled mutation-driven evolution. Darwin wrote: “When a variation is of the slightest use to any being, we cannot tell how much to attribute to the accumulative action of natural selection, and how much to the definite action of the conditions of life.” That was before anything was known about genetics or epigenetic effects of sensory input. Continuing to place evolution outside the context of Darwin’s ‘conditions of life,’ which are clearly nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled, is academically irresponsible nonsense.


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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