More than four decades of ignorance

Odd Reason Some Guys Have Fewer Sex Partners By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer |

Excerpt: The researchers don’t know why romantic difficulties could be tied to smell…

My comment: At a Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality poster session earlier this month I reported on the link from human pheromones and food odors to behavior. It is via the same molecular mechanisms that have been detailed in species from microbes to man. Beginning with reports in 1971 on congenital anosmia in men’s bonding and erotic apathy (inability to fall in love), most people have ignored the obvious fact that our molecular biology is shared with every other species on the planet, and the behavior of all species is nutrient chemical-dependent and pheromone-controlled.

If you can think of one species with behavior that is not nutrient chemical-dependent and pheromone controlled and it is a non-human species, you would have an animal model for human behavior that is not known, since all other species exist or go extinct — as will ours — with the loss of olfactory acuity and specificity that enables all species, including ours, to respond to the ever-changing chemical ecology of existence. Currently, the honeybee model organism is considered to be the “canary-in-the coal-mine” indicator of how much more epigenetic toxicity our species can tolerate. We probably have many years left during which we can survive without mass extinctions/colony collapse… well, probably, I think. But maybe the reports on honeybee colony collapse should be more of a concern. Has anyone checked with Gene Robinson about that?

Author: James Kohl

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