Human Pheromones and The Philosophy of Science

There is no need for those who buy human pheromone-enhanced products to understand molecular biology or the philosophy of science.  I’m blogging this for other scientists who are paying attention.

Max Planck:  “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Quoted in Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1970 ed.): p. 150.

Use of Kuhn’s work as an example suggests that Jay R. Feierman, the 70 year-old moderator of the human-ethology group may be familiar with the quote above. I agree with Planck and suggest the new generation that is growing up with knowledge of molecular biology will see the light that Lorenz and blind practitioners of observation-based science could not, and still cannot, see. Also, one need not specialize in the philosophy of science to make an important contribution — as exemplified by Greg Bear, a self-described writer of science fiction, in his address to the American Philosophical Society.

excerpt “The picture we see now in genetics is complex. Variation can occur in a number of ways. DNA sequence is not fate; far from it. The same sequence can yield many different products. Complexes of genes lie behind most discernible traits. Genes can be turned on and off at need. Non-coding DNA is becoming extremely important to the understanding of how genes do their work

…Chemical signals between organisms can also change genetic expression.”

Predictably, those who continue to deny the importance of human pheromones, which are chemical signals between organisms that change genetic expression, will be among those who are replaced by a new generation that better understands molecular biology and thereby establishes a new scientific truth (as is also predicted by Panksepp et al, 2002):  Comparative approaches in evolutionary psychology: molecular neuroscience meets the mind. The scientific truth about human pheromones is detailed in Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology.

Author: jim