Human Pheromones and WHR: Pure conjecture?

A colleague has commented in discussion that sniffing out WHR is pure conjecture at this stage. Here’s my response:

What are you calling pure conjecture?

1. “The articles in this issue summarize the factors surrounding sex differences with respect to ontogeny, phenotype, and hormone-sensitive actions. They follow a sequence that begins with genetic sex differences and carries through to cell, tissue, organ and, finally, systemic effects…  — Naftollin, 1981

Obviously, the ontogenetic pathway to sex differences across phylogeny is gene-cell-tissue-organ-organ system. (That’s an animal model.)

2. “The interaction between sensory input and hormonal levels appears to be a general rule in endocrine relationships underlying behavior.” –LeMagnen 1982.

Obviously, the sensory link from the social environment to hormones and sex differences in behavior is the gene-cell-tissue-organ-organ system pathway. (That’s a summary of the data that fits the animal model).

By telling us that what’s obvious about this animal model is pure conjecture, you reveal that something has gone horribly wrong in the acquisition of information that led you to theorize (i.e., in other discussions on this topic)  that culture has anything whatsoever to do with the development of human preferences for visually perceived physical features. I don’t know what the problem could be, and you don’t seem to consider it a problem. I don’t think there’s any point to continuing to try and reach you with a model in your world of theory. On the other hand, I don’t think I should let you make unsubstantiated statements (above) like those that you continue to make.

Minimally, I acknowledge your evolutionary theory (ies), no matter how ridiculous they seem. I don’t know why you refuse to acknowledge biological facts — unless you simply cannot understand the difference between theories and facts.

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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