Jon Lieff: ecologically adapted and masterfully prescient

Q and A with William Miller about his new Book on the Microcosm and Evolution

by Jon Lieff
March 18, 2014 – See more at:

Excerpt: “The major deficiency is what is considered the central paradox for Darwinian evolution based on natural selection. How does a mutation in a single individual ever become fixed in a population?”

Fifty years ago, Dobzhansky wrote: ‘The notion has gained some currency that 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!”

Kudos to Jon Lieff for continuing to search the current extant literature and also ask the right questions so that he can provide others with detailed answers, which link Darwin’s ‘conditions of life’ in species from microbes to man.

Conditions of life are biophysically constrained. Simply put, they are nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled. The biophysical constraints of conserved molecular mechanisms have become clearer. So has the need for all cellular life to recognize self vs. other differences, which — as revealed in this blog post — is a function of the most primitive naturally engineered immune system.

Organisms that cannot recognize self vs. other differences would be more likely to literally eat themselves to death or to eat their conspecifics, which would not lead from ecological variation to ecological adaptations. Eating conspecifics would also not be likely to lead from ecological variation to mutation-initiated natural selection via any known conserved molecular mechanisms.

Therefore, in this Q & A, it quickly becomes clear that Lieff-via-Miller is addressing the first and most obvious need of all organisms, which involves natural selection of what to eat. If natural genetic engineering did not enable the ability to naturally select what to eat, it seems unlikely that it might somehow evolve.

However, bird watchers and butterfly collectors have continued to tout pseudoscientific nonsense in claims that the ability to naturally select what to eat did evolve. “It must have,” they claim. “We have observed that it did.” Therefore, since it is obvious to them that natural selection of what to eat is the RESULT of evolution, the ability to naturally select what to eat must also have somehow EVOLVED to cause evolution — via accumulated mutations, perhaps?

NO! Finally, Lieff-via-Miller attests to the obvious fact that organisms must naturally select what to eat or they cannot ecologically adapt and that means mutations do not enable species diversity. Mutations aren’t fixed in the organized genome of any species. Ecological variation and ecological adaptations via amino acid substitutions are responsible for species diversity. Mutations are responsible for pathology unless you’re a bird watcher or butterfly collector.

Anyone who has followed the blog posts by Jon Lieff has probably already concluded that he is a decade or more ahead of the understanding of his contemporaries. However, he is also helping them to catch up, which means that eventually he may be only a year or two ahead of them. At that point, others can ask him to help them get their grants funded so that scientific progress will no longer be stalled by the bird watchers and butterfly collectors.

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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