Oliver Sacks: Nature employs conserved molecular mechanisms

The Mental Life of Plants and Worms, Among Others

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks concludes: “Nature has employed at least two very different ways of making a brain—indeed, there are almost as many ways as there are phyla in the animal kingdom. Mind, to varying degrees, has arisen or is embodied in all of these, despite the profound biological gulf that separates them from one other, and us from them.4”

My comment: Conserved molecular mechanisms link the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to man via experience-dependent changes that lead to the differentiation of cell types in individuals of different species. Ecological variation results in the ecological adaptations manifested in morphological and behavioral phenotypes.

Oliver Sacks attributes biologically-based cause and effect to ‘Nature” and avoids any mention whatsoever of mutations, natural selection, and evolution. Others would do well to follow his lead, since he has moved across species with examples of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations that eliminate pseudoscientific theories about evolution from any further consideration whatsoever. Clearly, it is sensing and signaling that is required for the ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction that is manifested in increasing organismal complexity. If mutations, natural selection, and evolution were the cause of increasing organismal complexity, Oliver Sacks would probably have mentioned that possibility.

See also:

Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems by James V. Kohl

The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks

The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality by James V. Kohl and Robert T. Francoeur

The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences by James V. Kohl

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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