Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: [evol-psych] Special Contribution for Valentine's Day

Expand Messages
  • james kohl
    Revising the human mutation rate: implications for understanding human evolution Excerpt ...a distinction is made between the de novo mutation rate and the
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 13, 2013
    • 0 Attachment
      Revising the human mutation rate: implications for understanding human evolution

      Excerpt "...a distinction is made between the de novo mutation rate and the rate at which fixed inter-species differences or substitutions accumulate."

      Analysis of 6,515 exomes reveals the recent origin of most human protein-coding variants

      Excerpt 1 "...approximately 73% of all protein-coding SNVs and approximately 86% of SNVs predicted to be deleterious arose in the past 5,000–10,000 years."

      Excerpt 2 "the increased mutational capacity of recent human populations has led to a larger burden of Mendelian disorders, increased the allelic and genetic heterogeneity of traits, and may have created a new repository of recently arisen advantageous alleles that adaptive evolution will act upon in subsequent generations 27."

      My comment:
      Mutations do not cause adaptive evolution. We are living in an RNA world in which nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution makes clear the fact that "Olfaction and odor receptors provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans."

      Our brain circuits for romantic love and enduring attachment evolved via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction exemplified in the honeybee model organism. Let's first determine how rapidly evolution progresses in an RNA world before deciding to approach love as if it were theoretically somehow derived from a chimp / human split some four or five million years ago.

      What if, instead, it's derived from improved nutrition and efficient metabolism of nutrients to more potent pheromones that bond us to conspecifics just like food odors bond us to our favorite foods? Is there a model for that?
      James V. Kohl
      Medical laboratory scientist (ASCP)
      Independent researcher
      Kohl, J.V. (2012) Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology, 2: 17338.

      From: Robert Karl Stonjek <stonjek@...>
      To: Mind and Brain <MindBrain@yahoogroups.com>; Psychiatry-Research <psychiatry-research@yahoogroups.com>; Evolutionary-Psychology <evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com>; Evolutionary Psychology News <evol_psch_news@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, February 13, 2013 9:57:51 PM
      Subject: [evol-psych] Special Contribution for Valentine's Day


      Hi Helen [Fisher],
      with St.Valentine's Day coming up I thought I'd have a go at summarising the science (Evolutionary Psychology) of Love.  What do you think?
      Wow, Robert, what an interesting thought. I have never really seen it this way. But it’s wonderful!  Go for it.

      I guess I would make a couple changes which I added in ALL CAPS below, one change for clarity, the other to be a little safe.

      But no need to take my suggestion.  Thanks for sharing this.   And....HAPPY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.  H

      Chimps and other primates, though having demonstrable intelligence and able to solve problems, even to learn and utilise simple language, do not become passionate about any task such that they are taken well beyond immediate utility to the kind of accomplishments that feature throughout the human lineage.

      Needing both nurturing and provisioning for an ever longer period of time, evolution provided the first humans with just such a passion that would bring them together and see their child through its extended period of vulnerability.

      The emotion that forms this abstract embrace today can punch through the hustle and bustle of a busy life to make a space in which two people can share with passion an enterprise from a simple house renovation to career and family.

      When chimps and humans divided off from the common ancestor some four or five million years ago, it was love (SPECIFICALLY THE BRAIN CIRCUITS FOR ROMANTIC LOVE AND ENDURING ATTACHMENT) that drove the passion which grew the human brain and the culture that flowed from it and it was this that CONTRIBUTED TO THE differenceS between these two very close species that we observe today.

      May we all find love and so fulfil our destiny as humans on this Saint Valentine's day.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.