“Kardashians” in science

On “Kardashians” in science and the general relationship between achievement and fame

Excerpt Ultimately, it is all about the relevance of one’s contribution. But trying to discredit an increasingly important form of academic activity (outreach), by shaming those engaged in it, is probably uncalled for.

My comment: The relevance of our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review was the details on RNA-mediated cell type differentiation.  From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior

Although it was cited less than 40 times, the model of hormone-organized and hormone-activated behavior via RNA-mediated events was extended to invertebrates and to the honeybee model organism of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation during life cycle transitions via amino acid substitutions, which link the RNA-mediated events to cell type differentiation in all cells of all organisms in all species.

The fact that evolutionary theorists have never described a biologically-based evolutionary event that could link mutations and natural selection to cell type differentiation in one species that led to cell type differentiation in another ‘evolved’ species raises their rank on the “Kardashian index. ” But no one can top PZ Myers, who in January 2014, claimed that chromosomal rearrangements are not involved in species diversity manifested in morphological and behavioral phenotypes.

He still thinks mutations and natural selection lead to the evolution of biodiversity despite the series of recent published works on RNA-mediated chromosomal rearrangements that link nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation in species from microbes to man via conserved molecular mechanisms.

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