how much longer it will be until the “bird watchers” realize that the molecular mechanisms of how olfactory/pheromonal input epigenetically effects adaptively evolved behaviors are the same in species from microbes to man, and species of birds are included.
Shapiro, JA. Rethinking the (im)possible in evolution (in press) Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. The author graciously provides an open access preprint of his…
Discover Magazine: Q: Why don’t apes have bigger brains? A: They can’t eat enough to afford them Excerpt: “The raw jungle diet just doesn’t provide…
Attempts to discuss the role of nutrient chemicals and pheromones in cognitive neuroscience discussion groups have met with outright hostility. So, let’s wait another week, month, or year until the convergence becomes perfectly clear.
What the honeybee queen eats determines her pheromone production. Her pheromones determine everything else about the social interactions of the colony including the neuroanatomy of the worker bees’ brains.
I’ve dismissed evolutionary theory that involves random mutations, and used the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheromonal input on OR variants, which provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans,
…this complex ability in bacteria that suppress reproduction with pheromones when insufficient nutrients are available led me to sponsor the video game “Bacillus.”
Philosophical consistency incorporates what is currently known about the across-species consistency of molecular mechanisms.