Sir Patrick Bateson: Zoologists Should Not ‘Hog’ Upcoming Royal Society Evolution Meeting

I’m not sure we’re going to be talking about a completely new set of ideas, a lot have been around for a while. Frankly, I think some evolutionary biologists have not shed their neo-Darwinist clothing.

Patrick Bateson, a leader in the field of animal behavior for many decades from Cambridge University, died just a few weeks ago at age 79. See

I do not know if he ever specifically addressed the question that Jay R. Feierman asked me in 1995.  After I provided him with details from my model and the book co-authored by Robert T. Francoeur, Feierman asked: “What about birds?”

For the most recent information on how quantum physics must be linked to the energy-dependent pheromone-controlled physiology of reproduction and all biodiversity in birds and in all other living genera, see: Anosmia impairs homing orientation but not foraging behaviour in free-ranging shearwaters, which was reported as Sense of smell is key factor in bird navigation, new study shows 

See also: Olfaction Warps Visual Time Perception

The sense of smell in bacteria has been linked to our visual perception of mass and energy in the context of the space-time continuum and the sense of smell in birds. The answer to Feierman’s question has not changed. All biodiversity on Earth is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled. It always has been, and nothing has ever suggested that mutations can be linked from natural selection to the evolution of any species. Biophysically constrained chromosomal rearrangements link the transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of morphological and behavioral phenotypes in all living genera. The chromosomal rearrangements prevent the virus-driven degradation of messenger RNA that links mutations to all pathology.

See also: Behaviour, development and evolution (open access book) by Patrick Bateson

A key message of the book is that evolution can be influenced by heritable variation revealed through behavior, which in turn is dependent on reciprocal interactions between organism and environment during development.


The conflicts of motivation evident in studies of animal behaviour bear on important issues to do with human behaviour. In many social contexts a person might weigh up consciously or unconsciously the benefits to themselves of behaving in a particular way.

See for comparison: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology (2001)

The ‘affective primacy hypothesis’ [5] asserts that positive and negative affective reactions can be evoked with minimal stimulus input and virtually no cognitive processing. Olfactory signals seem to induce emotional reactions whether or not a chemical stimulus is consciously perceived. We theorize that the importance of human non-verbal signals is based upon information processing, which occurs in the limbic system, and without any cognitive (cortical) assessment. Affect thus does not require conscious interpretation of signal content. Underlying this fact is that affect dominates social interaction and it is the major currency in social interactions [6]. Affective reactions can occur without extensive perceptual and cognitive encoding. They are made with greater confidence than cognitive judgments, and can be made sooner [5, 7]. Olfactory input from the social environment is well adapted to fit such assertions. For example, chemical cues allow humans to select for, and to mate for, traits of reproductive fitness that cannot be assessed simply from visual cues.

See also: Numerous uncharacterized and highly divergent microbes which colonize humans are revealed by circulating cell-free DNA reported as: Over 50% of Bacteria and Viruses inside Human Body are Unknown to Science

The ‘vast majority’ of the mystery DNA belonged to a phylum called Proteobacteria, which includes, among many other species, pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella.

Previously unidentified viruses in the torque teno virus (TTV) family, generally not associated with disease but often found in immunocompromised patients, made up the largest group of viruses.

“We’ve doubled the number of known viruses in that family through this work,” Professor Quake said.

“Perhaps more important, we’ve found an entirely new group of TTVs.”

“Among the known TTVs, one group infects humans and another infects animals, but many of the ones we found didn’t fit in either group.”

“We’ve now found a whole new class of human-infecting ones that are closer to the animal class than to the previously known human ones, so quite divergent on the evolutionary scale,” he added.

The fact that the origins of bacteria and viruses have not been discussed in the context of neo-Darwinian pseudoscientific nonsense about the evolutionary scale or in the context of “Big Bang” cosmology, is about to be addressed in the context of a cell biology game and a game that teaches players how to build an atom. The links from energy-dependent changes in angstroms to ecosystems are perfectly clear to all serious scientist. That fact will soon become clear to anyone more than 10 years old.

See: Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game

A board game taking place inside a human cell! Players compete to build enzymes, hormones and receptors and fend off attacking Viruses!

See also: Subatomic

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