Reading EVOLUTION into ECOLOGICAL ADAPTATIONS

I’ve been reading up on the cabbage looper. Fascinating which way evolution takes a humble cabbage and its foe.

What fascinates me is the inability of theorists to think in terms of biologically based cause and effect — even when they read the literature. For example, you’re reading EVOLUTION into the story of the cabbage looper, when natural history-driven cause and epigenetic effects of sensory input eliminates mutations and evolution by placing cause and effect into the context of ecological adaptations based on natural selection for

1) what the larvae eat,
2) what the caterpillars eat, and
3) how the male moth finds a female mate based on what she ate during her multi-stage morphogenesis.

Her morphogenesis into an adult female results in the production of species-specific pheromones that control the physiology of reproduction in species from microbes to man.

See for example: Natural history-driven, plant-mediated RNAi-based study reveals CYP6B46’s role in a nicotine-mediated antipredator herbivore defense

Even if you cannot comprehend anything in the article linked above, the title alone “Natural history-driven…” tells you that this is not about mutation-driven evolution. Thus, an intelligent evolutionary theorist who was interested in learning why the article title is not “Mutation-driven, plant-mediated…” would acquire a copy of the article and then ask “Why is there no mention of MUTATION in the context of what is obviously natural history-driven?”

If the theorist had been taught by PZ Myers, they might then ask: Is PZ Myers a “crank” for continuing to teach a ridiculous theory to unsuspecting students, or is he merely so incredibly stupid that he has never learned anything about biologically-based cause and effect because he believes in a ridiculous theory?

I again thanked PZ, for facilitating this discussion on his blog. I also apologized for merely inferring that he was the “crank” that he inferred I was.

Now, let me be perfectly clear, since he may remove my post from his blog.

PZ Myers comes from a long line of “cranks” who think that people who understand the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization required to link sensory cause to ecological adaptations manifested in the human brain are “cranks.” They must attack biologists like me if only to attempt to convince others not to listen to anyone who understands the conserved molecular mechanisms of ecological adaptations that are exemplified in all species. They cannot accept what others have learned about how humans have ecologically adapted, which is why they cannot do good science and why they have never tested their hypotheses about mutation-initiated natural selection or mutation-driven evolution.

“Accepting that the brain is a highly plastic, modularly dimorphic, developmentally biased organ of learning, one which is organized and activated by both hormones and experiences across the lifespan, is essential for doing ‘‘good science’’ well. Interactionist theories of psychosexual development provide an empirically sound, strong, yet modifiable foundation for testable hypotheses exploring biologically biased sexual learning.” — James C. Woodson (2012)

About James V. Kohl 1307 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