Cognitive maps: insects to mammals

Research shows bees might create cognitive maps

Excerpt: “…scientists studying the mammalian brain should bear in mind that bees might be able to create complex mental maps despite having brains many times smaller than the hippocampus of a rat.”

My comment: The honeybee model organism already extends the concept of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations from species of microbes to man via conserved molecular mechanisms manifested in increasing organismal complexity (e.g., our socio-cognitive niche construction).

Evolutionary theorists simply refuse to discuss biological facts and want only for others to believe in the pseudoscientific nonsense of population genetics. The discussion section of this latest report may be the best indicator of how difficult it is for theorists to accept and integrate anything new into their approach to the study of how they think mutations and natural selection result in evolution.

The problem for them is that they have not learned anything about molecular biology during the past 50 years. Dobzhansky (1964) said it best in Biology, molecular and organismic.  “The notion has gained some currency that the only worthwhile biology is molecular biology. All else is “bird watching” or “butterfly collecting.” Bird watching and butterfly collecting are occupations manifestly unworthy of serious scientists!”  Denis Noble (2011) also wrote:  “If you learnt evolutionary biology and genetics a decade or more ago you need to be aware that those debates have moved on very considerably, as has the experimental and field work on which they are based.”

The bird-watchers and butterfly-collectors who never learned anything about the amino acid substitutions that differentiate the cell types of individuals in all species will continue to come up with citations to works that deny what is known about the biological basis of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations, but they will never tell you how mutations and natural selection lead to evolution and biodiversity because mutations don’t lead to biodiversity. Ecological variation leads to ecological adaptations that are manifested in biodiversity of the bees; the birds; and all other species on the planet via the conserved molecular mechanisms of ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction detailed in Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems 

Author: James Kohl

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