Ecology replaces the extended evolutionary synthesis

By: James V. Kohl | Published on: August 7, 2015

The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure, assumptions and predictions

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“We label this interpretation the ‘extended evolutionary synthesis’ (EES) but emphasize, contrary to some recent claims (e.g. [10]), that the EES is a developing line of contemporary evolutionary thought that exists within the field, and not a denial of the value of past frameworks or of progress in evolutionary biology. To some readers, the use of the EES label might appear grandiloquent but, as we will show, the significance of the proposed changes in evolutionary thinking varies substantially with the researcher’s perspective.”

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‘Niche construction’ refers to the process whereby the metabolism, activities and choices of organisms modify or stabilize environmental states, and thereby affect selection acting on themselves and other species [71–73].

See: Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model.

THIS MODEL DETAILS HOW CHEMICAL ECOLOGY DRIVES ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION VIA: (1) ecological niche construction, (2) social niche construction, (3) neurogenic niche construction, and (4) socio-cognitive niche construction. This model exemplifies the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheromonal conditioning, which alters genetically predisposed, nutrient-dependent, hormone-driven mammalian behavior and choices for pheromones that control reproduction…

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The next century of ecology

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Early ecologists who thought about principles governing plant and animal communities never imagined that their ideas would provide the foundation for understanding the human microbiome, affecting our nutrition, immune system, and even psychological state.

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From the microbes inhabiting the earth beneath our feet to environments of the universe unknown to us now, the next 100 years of ecological discoveries will influence our lives. We enter a time when society is armed with the scientific knowledge and ability to make responsible decisions.

My comment: Nutritional epigenetics links the microbiome and our immune system to our psychological state during our life history transitions. See for example: Oppositional COMT Val158Met effects on resting state functional connectivity in adolescents and adults.
A functional single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), which is a G-to-A base-pair substitution leads to an amino acid substitution at codons 108/158 (COMT Val158Met). The Met allele carriers display a fourfold decrease in enzymatic activity compared to Val allele carriers. The RNA-mediated amino acid substitution is linked to our reward mechanisms via increased prefrontal DA activity.
The RNA Society is only society that appears to me to be armed with the ability to make responsible decisions in the context of what is currently known to serious scientists about biophysically constrained nutrient-dependent RNA-mediated protein folding chemistry, which is linked to all morphological and all behavioral phenotypes via cell type differentiation in all living genera.  Most other scientific societies have refused to arm themselves with the required information about RNA-mediated cell type differentiation and help the serious scientists who are Combating Evolution to Fight Disease.
The perspectives of those who invented the “Modern Synthesis” based on their assumptions about how long it would take mutations to link one species to another never included anything now known to serious scientists about cell type differentiation. That means the perspectives never included the virus-driven mutations that perturb cell type differentiation in all cell types of all individuals of all living genera. The failure of theorists to consider the fact that an anti-entropic force must biophysically constrain cell type differentiation led them to put natural selection before Darwin’s “conditions of life.”
When the “conditions of life” and ecological niche construction are the first consideration, it is easy to see why all the pseudoscientific nonsense that was included in the “Modern Synthesis” has never been accepted by serious scientists and/or creationists. Serious scientists and creationists know that life is nutrient-dependent and that the physiology of reproduction leads from ecological variation to ecological speciation.
Watch the developments proceed as others now also begin to politely tell neo-Darwinists that nothing they have ever claimed makes sense in the light of Dobzhansky’s claim that: “…the so-called alpha chains of hemoglobin have identical sequences of amino acids in man and the chimpanzee, but they differ in a single amino acid (out of 141) in the gorilla. ( p. 127)” This link open the pdf in which Dobzhansky also claimed to be a creationist and an evolutionist.
Only Dobzhansky’s creationist perspective has since been supported by experimental evidence of biologically-based nutrient-dependent cell type differentiation via RNA-mediated events linked from gene duplication to fixation of RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions in the organized genomes of all living genera.
Only a creationist perspective links ecological variation to RNA-mediated ecological adaptation without the pseudoscientific nonsense of the “Modern Synthesis” or whatever it becomes.
See what my perspective on ecological adaptations has become in this invited review of nutritional epigenetics.
Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems

This atoms to ecosystems model of ecological adaptations links nutrient-dependent epigenetic effects on base pairs and amino acid substitutions to pheromone-controlled changes in the microRNA / messenger RNA balance and chromosomal rearrangements. The nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled changes are required for the thermodynamic regulation of intracellular signaling, which enables biophysically constrained nutrient-dependent protein folding; experience-dependent receptor-mediated behaviors, and organism-level thermoregulation in ever-changing ecological niches and social niches. Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological, social, neurogenic and socio-cognitive niche construction are manifested in increasing organismal complexity in species from microbes to man. Species diversity is a biologically-based nutrient-dependent morphological fact and species-specific pheromones control the physiology of reproduction. The reciprocal relationships of species-typical nutrient-dependent morphological and behavioral diversity are enabled by pheromone-controlled reproduction. Ecological variations and biophysically constrained natural selection of nutrients cause the behaviors that enable ecological adaptations. Species diversity is ecologically validated proof-of-concept. Ideas from population genetics, which exclude ecological factors, are integrated with an experimental evidence-based approach that establishes what is currently known. This is known: Olfactory/pheromonal input links food odors and social odors from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from microbes to man during their development.

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