Human Pheromones and The Philosophy of Science

Max Planck:  “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Quoted in Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1970 ed.): p. 150.

Use of Kuhn’s work as an example suggests that Jay R. Feierman, the moderator of the ISHE’s human-ethology group may be familiar with the quote above. I agree with Planck and suggest the new generation that is growing up with knowledge of molecular biology will see the light that Lorenz and blind practitioners of observation-based science could not, and still cannot, see. Also, one need not specialize in the philosophy of science to make an important contribution — as exemplified by Greg Bear, a self-described writer of science fiction, in his address to the American Philosophical Society.

Excerpt: “The picture we see now in genetics is complex. Variation can occur in a number of ways. DNA sequence is not fate; far from it. The same sequence can yield many different products. Complexes of genes lie behind most discernible traits. Genes can be turned on and off at need. Non-coding DNA is becoming extremely important to the understanding of how genes do their work

…Chemical signals between organisms can also change genetic expression.”

Those who continue to deny the importance of human pheromones, which are chemical signals between organisms that change genetic expression via RNA-mediated events, will be among those who are replaced by a new generation that better understands molecular biology and thereby establishes a new scientific truth (as is also predicted by Panksepp et al, 2002):  Comparative approaches in evolutionary psychology: molecular neuroscience meets the mind. The scientific truth about human pheromones is detailed in Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology.

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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