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Evolved development of olfactory systems

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.

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Desmond Morris Syndrome: No selective advantage

Desmond Morris Syndrome (DSM), where story-telling that incorporates evolutionary theory is better accepted than the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization

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Olfactory modulation of visual perception

without human pheromones we would not survive long enough to develop genetically predisposed hormonally controlled preferences for the visual appeal of other people

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The Missing Transgenerational Epigenetic Links

immense gene networks enable epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones on stochastic gene expression, which lead to species-specific changes in behavior via transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.

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“Just-So” stories vs scientific explanations

The inability to think their way through from gene activation to behavior that activates genes (e.g., in cells) results in their inability to understand eco-evolution…

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Adaptive evolution or not: cone receptors in the eye vs odor receptors

Ingestive behavior and social behavior are odor receptor-mediated in all species (not just those that are sensitive to light) as would be expected due to the common molecular biology of all species.

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ENCODE: extant vs extinct species and a clash of world views

…attention should be focused on the model organisms Bonasio and others, like me, have used to detail precisely how the differentiation of species, brains, and behaviors are driven by nutrient chemicals and pheromones.

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Epigenetic effects on the evolution of behavior

No mammal survives without the epigenetic effect of pheromones on species-specific differences in behavior, including sex differences in behavior.

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Classical (Pavlovian) conditioning vs operant conditioning (“training”)

The link to appetite regulation is from olfactory (and probably pheromonal) stimuli directly to the diet-responsive (and probably pheromone-responsive) hypothalamic neurogenic niche that controls nutrient chemical acquisition via its control of the dopaminergic and serotoninergic neuronal systems

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Pheromones and the phylogeny of operant and classical conditioning

Those who are interested in learning about cause and effect may therefore want to differentiate classical conditioning from operant conditioning. We can do so by referring to classical conditioning as Pavlovian conditioning, which it is, and referring to operant conditioning as willy-nilly silly conditioning, which it is.

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