Molecular biology and social science theory

As I suspected might happen in the evolutionary psychology discussion group, a discussant incorporated molar level social science that I think skews the meaning and interpretation of what’s happening at the molecular level. The discussion about biological facts and social science theory leads nowhere when the facts change. For example, there are social scientists who are convinced that inbreeding is not detrimental to species survival. This means they need not examine further the data supporting reasons for the obvious and overwhelming genetic diversity among and across species.  No need to learn about human endogenous retroviruses and speciation if inbreeding is not detrimental.

Also, what I have consistently seen in my social science readings is a representation of dichotomous sexual differentiation, when what I support with molecular biology is that sexual differentiation occurs across life’s continuum. The molar level representation of “sperm competition” is so far afield of the molecular biology that discussion of differences will take decades.

In this regard, I’ve not seen any evolutionary psychology group-discussion about signals from the ovum that elicit chemotaxis; olfactory receptors in sperm; or the odor hedonics of bourgeonal. The integration of these topics from molecular biology suggests that sexual competition at the gamete level is not one-sided as is frequently represented and incorporated into social science theory. The lack of discussion of the enchanting female side of gamete competition makes me wonder how much longer it will be before someone writes a book on egg competition that catches the eye of the masses that might want to learn how to win the battle of the sexes with their eggs (or who might think they would be learning about how to win a food fight).

For an indication of how quickly molecular biology can make social science theory seem outdated and sometimes silly (at least to me) I’ve linked to two articles below that may be somewhat enlightening with regard to the molecular biology of gamete competition. Note: first example of a sex -specific phenotypic difference in olfactory sensitivity that favors males. Note: sperm chemotaxis controlled by olfactory receptors might be a general phenomenon in mammals

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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