social neuroscience

Laws of biology vs no laws of physics

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape In Einstein’s view, if we probed the essence of physics deeply enough, there would be one and only one way in which all the components — matter, radiation, forces, space and time — would fit together to make reality work, just as the gears, springs, dials and wheels of a mechanical clock uniquely combine to keep time. Reported as:  Physicist concludes there are no laws of physics It was June…

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Polymaths and paradigm shifts: from Asimov to Bear (4)

Saying Goodbye to the RNA World Theory RNA has a limited ability for catalysis compared to peptides, and would have struggled to maintain its catalytic activity under the changing temperature conditions of early Earth. Carter and Wills also argued that if an RNA world existed, it would have been unlikely for it to incorporate peptides later on. See for comparison: Dependence of RNA synthesis in isolated thymus nuclei on glycolysis, oxidative carbohydrate catabolism and a type of “oxidative phosphorylation” (1964)…

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Exposing the 2nd Law to more ridicule (1)

Summary: Experiment demonstrates quantum mechanical effects from biological system Schrödinger (1944) linked the anti-entropic virucidal energy of sunlight from the physiology of pheromone-controlled reproduction in soil bacteria to all biodiversity. He then began to suspect that his colleagues, who displayed human idiocy, would kill him – if ever again he reasserted the facts. After 1944, Richard P. Feynman took a stand against the human idiocy, and lost. He was not killed, just ignored. Ignorance prevails. It always has. The virus-driven…

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Biological evolution as a philosophy, not a science

There is no indication in the abstracts that any of the presenters are going to address the facts that link quantised energy to polycombic ecological adaptation and virus-driven energy theft from hecatombic evolution to all pathology in all living genera. Virus-mediated archaeal hecatomb in the deep seafloor (2016) provides details on the hecatombin evolution of all patholgoy From Fertilization to Adult Sexual Behavior (1996) provides details on the polycombic ecological adaptation of all healthy longevity. For these experts to address…

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The Mind’s Eyes (revisited)

Author’s copy: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences (2007) Abstract: The across-species genetic conservation of intercellular and extracellular chemical communication enables unicellular and multicellular organisms to functionally distinguish between self and non-self.  Non-self olfactory/pheromonal input from the social environment elicits a vertebrate neuroendocrine response.  The organization and activation of this neuroendocrine response modulates the concurrent maturation of the mammalian neuroendocrine system, the reproductive system, and the central nervous system during the development of sexual preferences that…

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A lighting requirement for life

Some Principles of Causal Analysis in Genetics (1936) Extract: high frequency radiation and particles of high velocity are very important components of the environment, causing heritable changes by a process called mutation. Even if we could conduct our experiments behind 30 metres of lead the fact that mutation has a temperature coefficient is enough to show that it depends in part on energy fluctuations which are uncontrollable. Mutations must be controlled. See also: Life on Earth – Flow of Energy…

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Biology by itself

Astrobiology or Earth’s Biology – which ? Excerpt: “…isn’t biology by itself supposed to tell everyone the just what “does” happen or what “did” happen in the past?” Top-down causation: an integrating theme within and across the sciences? The first author is George FR Ellis. “He co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, published in 1973, and is considered one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology.[1] He is an active Quaker and in 2004 he won…

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Imagining that data historically supports evolutionary theory

1) Arguments in the evo-devo debate: say it with flowers! Abstract excerpt: A key question in evolutionary developmental biology is how DNA sequence changes have directed the evolution of morphological diversity. The widely accepted view was that morphological changes resulted from differences in number and/or type of transcription factors, or even from small changes in the amino acid sequence of similar proteins. My comment: This is the first time I have seen anyone claim that the “…small changes in the…

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Jumping back: Science or Pseudoscience?

Daily Comment November 21, 2014 European Science’s Great Leap Backward By Michael Specter Excerpt 1) “When politicians reject verifiable data and reputable research and rely instead on politics or desire, the results can be devastating.” Excerpt 2 with my emphasis) “…scientific organizations from around the world… have strongly endorsed the safety of G.M. foods. (It should be noted that the U.S. can claim no superiority in our approach to evidence-based science, as demonstrated by the fact that nearly half of…

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Meaningful dialogue, anonymous fools and idiot minions

I use definitions to describe differences in behavior. I do not define biologically-based facts in attempts to make the definitions fit into the context of ridiculous theories about the development of behavior. I am not an idiot. An idiot is “…someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way…. An idiot differs from a fool (who is unwise)…. the terms “idiot” and “idiocy” describe an extreme folly or stupidity, and its symptoms (foolish or stupid utterance or deed).” Serious scientists may…

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