Too many good-smelling males is not good

Typically, I would not take the journalistic liberties I’ve taken here. But this article prompted me to throw caution to the wind that’s distributing our pheromones.

Natural selection limits how many attractive males can exist in a population

We certainly cannot have all males smelling as good as you do after you become human pheromone-enhanced. Nature won’t allow it, at least not in flies. Men might still benefit from pheromone-enhancement in short-term endeavors, nonetheless. Species survival isn’t always the most important thing that’s on our mind.

Genetically engineering male flies to release highly attractive pheromones worked — for a few generations. Females were more attracted to them. Seven generations later, however, the genetic engineering seemed to have no effect. “The authors conclude that being overly attractive must carry a disadvantage…”

I’m not sure how journalists translate these research findings to mean that there are limits on “…how many handsome men can exist in a population.” But I’m relatively certain that pheromone-enhanced men are not concerned with the attraction of other males who arrive on the scene seven generations later. Pheromone-enhanced attraction in most men is a here and now kind of thing, as we have reported in our findings from recent research.

Kohl, J.V., Kelahan, L.C. & Hoffmann, H. (2010). Human pheromones increase women’s observed flirtatious behaviors and ratings of attraction. International Society for Human Ethology. Madison, Wisconsin.

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