The origins of religious disbelief (revisited)

The origins of religious disbelief

Excerpt 1) “Religious belief and disbelief share the same underlying pathways and can be explained within a single evolutionary framework that is grounded in both genetic and cultural evolution.”

Excerpt 2) “… one path towards greater disbelief arises from comparatively weak mentalizing abilities, which render the representation of personified divine beings unintuitive.”

My comment: Another path is via the failure to embrace the complexity of the cell with its genetically predisposed ability to adaptively evolve from unicellular to multicellular organisms with brain-directed behavior via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction. If, instead, you attribute religious belief or disbelief to cultural evolution, you have probably ignored important aspects of Creation and the complexity of systems biology with its origin in the cell.

It would be interesting to learn whether more physicists than biologists prefer cultural evolution to its obvious genetic underpinnings of cell biology, and whether a statistically significant measure might link culture and physics to “mindblind” atheism. In the context of Darwin’s theory, however, no cause and effect was proposed that would enable adaptive evolution from unicellular to multicellular organisms with a brain.

What’s since been learned about genetics includes facts that seem unappreciated by evolutionary theorists who claim that Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged the fundamentalist interpretation of the Biblical view of creation. The Biblical view of Creation seems much more consistent with what is now known about molecular epigenetics and nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution.

Could it be the allegorical representations, which can only be taken in faith to be representations of fact, continue to be the source of disbelief thousands of years later when the biological facts that support adaptive evolution are known?  Is it likely that the ridiculous random mutations theory of adaptive evolution inadvertently tied to Darwin’s observations on species diversity is the problem “mindblind” atheists must deal with?

If so, perhaps physicists could help by learning about the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization that are required to epigenetically link sensory sensory input to our adaptively evolved gene-cell-tissue-organ-organ system pathway, which links genes to behavior and back. If not, the physicists, evolutionary theorists, and others may be doomed by their “weak mentalizing abilities” to share with others their religious disbelief at a time when more biologists are sharing with others their belief.

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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