Miracles are not miracles to evolutionary theorists

Science 19 September 2014:
Vol. 345 no. 6203 pp. 1443-1445
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6203.1443

No miracles

Excerpt: “There’s a reason these crows make tools and other birds don’t,” he says. “It’s not a miracle.”

THAT SENTENCE, along with the even shorter phrase “no miracles,” is a favorite of Gray’s.

The power of evolution “to explain many things,” as he puts it, struck him when he was still in high school in Tauranga, south of Auckland, after reading Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene.”

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No miracles

Excerpt: Although controversial, his papers have so stirred the field that several researchers credit him with being in the vanguard of a revolution. Gray’s fresh approach prompted Germany’s Max Planck Society to tap him as co-director of its new Institute for History and the Sciences in Jena. Gray’s other research focus, animal cognition, was also thought to be beyond the ken of science. But this black box, too, yields to evolutionary thinking, Gray insists. 

My comment: “Evolutionists Cannot Account for the Origin of the Sense of Smell” in the book “The Miracles Of Smell And Taste” challenges the representations made by Russell Gray.

An Islamic Creationist author cites works by “John T. Caprio of Louisiana State University [who]states that initially, the sense of smell developed in order to identify amino acid-like chemical substances soluble in water. The ability to determine molecules floating in the air is an adaptation of that original mechanism.96

In my model, ecological variation leads to ecological adaptations via a direct link from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to man. It seems miraculous to me that 1)the experience-dependent de novo Creation of cell surface receptors allows the entry of nutrients into cells. 2) The receptors link nutrient uptake and the pheromone-controlled physiology of nutrient-dependent reproduction. 3) Thermodynamic cycles of protein biosynthesis and degradation link nutrient uptake and the metabolism of nutrients to fixation of amino acid substitutions via RNA-mediated events. 4) The RNA-mediated events replace the need for any evolutionary events to be associated with DNA because 5) the RNA-mediated events epigenetically link ecological variation and ecological adaptations in all cells of all individuals of all genera.

It would seem like a miracle to me if anyone used evolutionary ideas to establish a similar biologically-based biophysically-constrained link to the nutrient-dependent morphological and behavioral diversity that appears to result from a single amino acid substitution in cell types and the detection of cell type differentiation via what is commonly referred to as the sense of smell.

If Dobzhansky was not still dead, an evolutionary event that linked detection of amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in primates would probably seem like a miracle to him, too. See, Dobzhansky, 1973  “…alpha chains of hemoglobin have identical sequences of amino acids in man and the chimpanzee, but they differ in a single amino acid (out of 141) in the gorilla.”

For more examples from a model, see: Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model.

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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