ISHE: Two New Trustees

The election for two International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE) Trustee positions ended with a welcome to newly elected trustees: Jan Havlicek and Nancy Segal

More on Nancy. See also this chapter on the Genetics of Olfactory Perception by​ Nancy L. Segal and Tari D. Topolski in Handbook of olfaction and gustation

More on Jan (try Google translate). See also the article that Jan co-authored: Olfactory Performance Is Predicted by Individual Sex-Atypicality, but Not Sexual Orientation

Excerpt: “It has been suggested that many sex differences in psychology develop under the influence of context-dependent epigenetic factors.”

My commentThe Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences, details the involvement of species specific pheromones in sex differences in psychology in the context of nutritional epigenetics, which links food odors and the metabolism of nutrients to species-specific effects of pheromone on the physiology of reproduction and behavior. The current moderator of the ISHE’s yahoo group has consistently denigrated my contributions to human ethology, despite publication of the award-winning review:  Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was co-authored by others including Karl Grammer, who is one of the most highly regarded human ethologists in the world. Recently, Feierman had this to say about me:

Feierman: “I too am concerned that people who just read the group and don’t comment, and there are hundreds of them, will believe that what he is saying that is going unchallenged is correct. I’ve blocked 75% of what he has submitted to the group in the past few days because of my concerns.”

Now that two other people who are familiar with genetics and epigenetics are ISHE Trustees, I hope they will help alleviate the problems I have had with Feierman. Simply put, Feierman wants others to believe that his ridiculous opinions about biologically-based cause and effect should go unchallenged. However, I cannot recall Feierman ever stating why he was concerned that what I was saying might not be correct, or any discussion of why information in the award-winning review co-authored by respected ISHE member Karl Grammer, might be incorrect. For contrast, does anyone believe that this statement is correct, or that it reflects the beliefs of human ethologists?  Random mutations are the substrates upon which directional natural selection acts.

I suspect that Feierman is about to abandon the ISHE’s yahoo group. He already appears to be acting as co-moderator of the evolutionary psychology yahoo group moderated by Robert Stonjek. With new ISHE leadership, Feierman may be unable to continue to block my posts and prevent dissemination of accurate information on the role of “olfaction” and the de novo creation of olfactory receptor genes in species from microbes to man. Hopefully, he will not abandon the group so that all records of his deceit are untraceable.

Author: James Kohl

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