On “Kardashians” in science and the general relationship between achievement and fame

Excerpt Ultimately, it is all about the relevance of one’s contribution. But trying to discredit an increasingly important form of academic activity (outreach), by shaming those engaged in it, is probably uncalled for.

My comment: The relevance of our 1996 Hormones and Behavior review was the details on RNA-mediated cell type differentiation.  From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior

Although it was cited less than 40 times, the model of hormone-organized and hormone-activated behavior via RNA-mediated events was extended to invertebrates and to the honeybee model organism of nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation during life cycle transitions via amino acid substitutions, which link the RNA-mediated events to cell type differentiation in all cells of all organisms in all species.

The fact that evolutionary theorists have never described a biologically-based evolutionary event that could link mutations and natural selection to cell type differentiation in one species that led to cell type differentiation in another ‘evolved’ species raises their rank on the “Kardashian index. ” But no one can top PZ Myers, who in January 2014, claimed that chromosomal rearrangements are not involved in species diversity manifested in morphological and behavioral phenotypes.

He still thinks mutations and natural selection lead to the evolution of biodiversity despite the series of recent published works on RNA-mediated chromosomal rearrangements that link nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation in species from microbes to man via conserved molecular mechanisms.

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