Richard Dawkins vs Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinolgy and ethology

Growing Up in Ethology Richard Dawkins

Article excerpt with my emphasis: Niko had by then, under the influence of Robert Hinde, Danny Lehrman and others, disowned much of The Study of Instinct (Tinbergen 1951). He was still loyal to Social Behaviour in Animals (Tinbergen 1953) even though, with the ‘sociobiological’ hindsight that came later, much of that book now seems nearly as disownable as The Study of Instinct. I wonder how much of our present theory will eventually be disowned by the hindsights of the future. I suspect not much, where the ‘gene’s eye view’ of social behaviour is concerned, but I would say that, wouldn’t I?

My comment: In fewer than 4 years, the gene’s eye view of social behavior has led to the inevitable link from sensory input to gene activation in hormone-secreting cells of invertebrate and vertebrate brain tissue, which is responsible for adaptively evolved behavior. Dawkin’s approach has been discredited, especially by the past writings of Tinbergen. For example see: Taking note of Tinbergen, or: the promise of a biology of behaviour. (with my emphasis)

“The second reason why we are now poised to adopt an integrative approach to mammalian behaviour reflects the release of constraints on our ability to conduct the kinds of research needed. Innovations and improvements in techniques and methods over the last 50 years (ranging from more field-friendly, non-invasive techniques to monitor physiological processes, to improved molecular and genetic techniques that permit the study of gene–environment interactions, as well as epigenetic and epistatic effects, to the increased computing power that has enabled more powerful forms of statistical and phylogenetic analyses) have allowed us to conduct more sophisticated, wide-ranging studies that naturally combine two or more levels of explanation.”

Who else, besides Dawkins, could not have predicted that epigenetic effects on the gene-cell-tissue-organ-organ system pathway must be balanced to achieve epistasis, which is required for adaptive evolution to non-randomly occur? Is he joking when he writes about what might change: “I suspect not much, where the ‘gene’s eye view’ of social behaviour is concerned, but I would say that, wouldn’t I?”

I think that others might also continue to joke about such things if they were as unaware as Dawkins appears to be that pheromones (i.e., social odors) control nutrient-dependent reproduction in species from microbes to man. How is it, for example, that someone who claims to have grown up in ethology missed our award-winning review: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology. Would he rather just ignore it, along with Tinbergen’s promise of a biology of behavior? Clearly, it is the integration of neuroendocrinology and ethology that supports Tinbergen’s ‘promise’ that ‘a biology of behavior’ would be detailed. Perhaps the problem is that the biology of behavior is so clearly not due to random mutations.

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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