Excerpt: “The belief that there is something inherently special about humans and the way we arose is more suited to creation mythologies and religious doctrine than to a scientific, testable view of the world.”
My comment: It is the belief in evolutionary theory that has not led to any scientific, testable view of the world. For example, Denis Noble stated that: “…gradual mutation followed by selection has not, as a matter of fact, been demonstrated to be necessarily a cause of speciation.” Challenges to the theory that mutations and natural selection lead to the evolution of biodiversity now incorporate quantum physics. My comments on the misrepresentations in the news article linked above include a succinct apology to Luca Turin.
I criticized Turin in a 2003 book review. https://human-nature.com/nibbs/03/burr.html
“Turin never attempted to work within the system. Perhaps a future proponent of molecular vibration theory will manage better than Dyson, Wright and, most recently, Turin. Truly this theory may be years ahead of its time. It also may be a theory that cannot be sufficiently supported by scientific fact.”
Luca politely told me that his attempts to work within the system had failed — especially attempts that involved the Association of Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS). Two of my attempts to present have since been rejected and successful attempts have led to presentations that have been largely ignored. Dick Doty’s book “The Great Pheromone Myth” led more people to deny established facts from across disciplines that link Luca’s works to mine. https://www.amazon.com/Great-Pheromone-Myth-Richard-Doty/dp/080189347XI now criticize AChemS. Luca and I did all that’s expected of serious scientists.”
Here’s a link to information on the abstract of the poster presentation I submitted for the 2014 annual meeting: UNACCEPTABLE Presentation on nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations.
Our inability to accept scientific facts when the facts challenge our beliefs about pseudoscientific nonsense is what makes us human. The scientific facts link the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of the DNA in our organized genomes via the conserved molecular mechanisms and the biophysical constraints on mutation-initiated natural selection that are exemplified in the species-specific morphological and behavioral phenotypes of species from microbes to man.
Luca Turin tried to lead the way with information on the biophysical constraints of quantum physics. Hopefully, he will again attempt to do so, but if he does the outcome may still be the same. For example, AChemS members are no more likely now than they were 15 years ago to understand the latest research from other disciplines.
Ask an AChemS member about this: Terahertz underdamped vibrational motion governs protein-ligand binding in solution or ask about this: A quantum theory for the irreplaceable role of docosahexaenoic acid in neural cell signalling throughout evolution .
Don’t ask an AChemS member about this: Molecular Vibration-Sensing Component in Human Olfaction. All but a few AChemS members have learned to ignore new ideas. Most of them continue to promote ideas like those Dick Doty touts about differences between the epigenetic effects of food odors and the epigenetic effects of mammalian pheromones. Olfactory/pheromonal input alters levels of hormones that affect behavior via the conserved molecular mechanisms of biophysically-constrained cause and effect. Epigenetic effects link species of microbes to man via molecular vibrations that enable the experience-dependent de novo creation of olfactory receptor genes, which enable food odors and social odors called pheromones to alter the conserved molecular mechanisms of behavior.