Real-world contingencies vs Santa

OPINION

Santa on the Brain

By KELLY LAMBERT Published: December 21, 2013

Excerpt: Although children are born with a full set of 86 billion brain cells, or neurons, the connections between these neurons are relatively sparse during these early years. As their brains develop — as more and more micro-thread extensions form between neurons, and neurochemicals zap across the tiny gaps — children slowly learn about the rules of the physical world, and the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction. Eventually, they learn that reindeer can’t fly, that Santa can’t visit every child’s home in one single night and, even if he could make such a trip, there’s no way he could eat all those cookies. Magical beliefs are pruned away as mature neural circuits reflecting real-world contingencies become solidified.

My comments: The belief in mutation-initiated natural selection is one of the beliefs that defies what should occur if the magical beliefs of scientists are “…pruned away as mature neural circuits reflecting real-world contingencies become solidified.” Thus, the belief in mutation-driven evolution exemplifies what happens when adults continue to be taught by other adults to believe in magic. Unfortunately, adults may ignore any scientific facts that attest to the nonsense of their child-like beliefs in Santa Clause and in mutation-driven evolution.

How has one generation of scientists after another been taught to believe in anything other than the fact that ecological variation responsible for the adaptations, which are required for the survival of individuals and species? There has never been any experimental evidence that supports Haldane’s ideas about mutation-initiated natural selection.  What has happened in the past when a student questioned a teacher about evolutionary theory? Were they told a story akin to the story about Santa Claus, which they believed in as children?

Stop telling those stories to adults! Sooner or later adults who have been taught to think for themselves will learn about the “real-world” contingencies of biophysical constraints on mutation-driven evolution.

For example, the thermodynamics of intercellular signaling and organism-level thermoregulation ensure mutations that perturb the function of the cell are eliminated. Any mutations that remain are not fixed in the DNA of any organized genome in any species.  They cannot be naturally selected to become beneficial mutations, because they are not fixed in the genome.

Only when the epigenetic effects of the sensory environment on the thermodynamics of intercellular signaling result in the increased stability of chemical bonds in organisms, which is manifested in organism-level thermoregulation, can nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptations to the epigenetic landscape become fixed in the physical landscape of DNA.

Thus, telling stories about species that were somehow created by mutations is akin to telling stories about how a child’s presents were created by elves working for Santa at his headquarters near the North Pole.

 

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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