Re: [evol-psych] News: Big brains, no fur, sinuses . are these clues to our ancestors' lives as 'aquatic apes'?
- Really Jim? You think it's crazy and stupid to think a biological system
could evolve to harness the occurence of fire? What about the even
crazier idea that a biological system could evolve to harness photons
from outer space? What would be the nutrient dependent pheromone
controlled adaptive evolution leading to the harnessing of photons from
--- In email@example.com, james kohl wrote:
> From: hibbsa hibbsa@...
> > JK: The straight and direct answer is that I would never attempt to
> answer such
> > a foolish question involving the ability of grasses to genetically
> harness fire.
> > However, I might attempt to address a model in which mutations
> > grasses to genetically harness fire. Is there a model for that?
> So then do you (a) deny that fire was the essential component for why
> grasses rose to dominance? or (b) accept this is the case but call it
> lucky intersection of random phenomena?
> JK: I deny that there is any point whatsoever to such questions in the
> of evolutionary psychology. Please place the rise of grasses to
> whatever context you wish to discuss it. Do you want to place it in
> of random mutations theory, for example?
> If (b) then can you explain the distinction between that, and an
> instance of natural selection involving genetic manifestations such as
> the ability of grasses to survive fires and simply regrow in their
> given fires actually occured and given grasses rose to dominance as a
> result, as a randomly assigned selective benefit for those traits?
> JK: The problem for me is that I have never considered thinking about
> less explaining such distinctions.
> Or did the traits come about as the result of a non-random process
> nutrient gradients or any other mechanism?
> Or do you have another non-random description for what actually
> JK: I have a description for what you are trying to involve me in:
> nonsensical "foolishness." Offer me a theory of how mutations randomly
> something to occur if that's what you think might have happened.
> 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
> Psychology, 2: 17338.