"Just-So" stories vs scientific explanations

The Storytelling Animal

How stories make us human

by Jonathan Gottschall, Ph.D.

Defending Just-So Stories

Why science needs stories

Published on September 24, 2012 by Jonathan Gottschall, Ph.D. in The Storytelling Animal

Excerpt: “Evolution is an intrinsically story-based discipline. All evolutionists shape hypotheses in the form of historical narratives.  That is, they develop a plausible account of how some biological feature—from pair-bonding, to upright posture, to aggression–may have emerged through the evolutionary process, and then seek to test the account against information derived from a wide variety of sources.”


My comment: If, in contrast to the EP story-telling, we merely start with the brain-like architecture of the first cell that contained genes, what is currently known about molecular biology takes us all the way through to our brain’s architecture via adaptive evolution.

There are only two absolute requirements for adaptive evolution from microbes to man. 1) Nutrient chemicals enable gene duplications and use what was called “Junk DNA” to assemble new “olfactory” receptor proteins. 2) The nutrient chemicals are metabolized to pheromones that control the assembly of these new “olfactory” receptor proteins, which is how pheromones control reproduction and speciation at the same time they control species-specific nutrient chemical-dependent behaviors that are transgenerationally epigenetically inherited.

EP story-telling avoids using model organisms like the honeybee that exemplify precisely how a change in nutrient chemicals alters pheromone production in the queen, which alters everything else about the social interactions in the colony, including the neuroanatomy of the worker bee’s brains. Only by divorcing their story lines from biological facts can they offer explanations that offend Creationists — and even some scientists who have virtually no belief system, and no understanding of the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization required to link sensory cause to gene activation in cells.

The inability to think their way through from gene activation to behavior that activates genes (e.g., in cells) results in their inability to understand eco-evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction that is obviously nutrient chemical-dependent and pheromone-controlled. But then, there’s really no reason to expect that evolutionary psychologists will ever understand the biology of behavior. Is there?

Story-telling is so much easier than explaining sensory cause and behavioral affect,and almost any story will suffice — at least for a few years, if not for two centuries or more.

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