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February 18, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Biology, Ontogeny

“Lastly it is clear that stress reduces testosterone levels in men (Kreuz et al., 1972).  And Leedy and Wilson (1985) concluded that male hormone levels may be affected by the stressors of routine military flight.  So the reportedly low sex ratios of children born to men in stressful occupations e.g. aircraft pilots (Goerres and Gerbert, 1976; Synder, 1961) and abalone divers (Lyster, 1982) may have hormonal—perhaps androgenic—determinates.” (James, W. H. (1986) Hormonal control of the sex ratio.  Journal of Theoretical Biology 118: 435)

When females are stressed, their testosterone levels go up (Geschwind and Galaburda, 1987).  When males are stressed, their testosterone levels go down.  High fat diets raise female testosterone levels and lower the testosterone levels of males.

What other environmental variables influence men and women in opposite directions?

I am hypothesizing that a mother’s testosterone and estrogen levels propel her sons and daughters in opposite yet complementary maturation rate and evolutionary directions.  Not incidentally, several environmental variables also push the hormones of males and females in opposite directions.  If this pattern continues to unfold, two things are suggested.

First, though there have been no studies conducted that seek to observe whether changes in a male’s hormone levels over the course of his lifetime influence the hormone levels of his sons and daughters, the paradigm we are exploring would suggest that this might be the case.  Changing a mother’s uterine testosterone levels has been shown to influence progeny testosterone levels and behavior for generations.  If the same principle held true for males, social structure transformations could occur far more swiftly.  Clearly, societies able to quickly respond to changing social and environmental conditions by shifting social structure would outperform those without that adaptability.

Second, and this thought has bounced around in the back of my brain for a couple months now, what if humans were not just designed to take environmental information into consideration during ontogeny?  What if humans were genetically programmed to detect and embrace specific information from the environment to determine growth speed, timing and direction, with literally our genetics being only part of the apparatus determining feature?  What if part of our genetics is literally stored in the genome of other species, with messages from those genomes communicated via specific environmental triggers?

This is feeling less and less farfetched to me as time goes on.  This would suggest that not only do different species on the planet share the obvious and less obvious interconnections characterized by complex and subtle interdependencies, but that different species on the planet may actually, in a sense, store one another’s genes, issuing various detectable sensory data into the environment designed to be perceived and ontogenetically responded to by other species.

In other words, we are seeking in our own genome all the answers to how we evolved and manifest as a single being.  Perhaps some of the answers exist in the genomes of other species across the planet, hidden tendrils of connection mating their message transmitter and our message receiver, and perhaps vice versa.

This Theory of Waves suggests that our environment is deeply informing the growth of human individuals, societies and our species.  Male and female complementary opposite hormonal constellations juxtapose in several ways in this model, not the least of which is the seeming impact of an environmental variable on the two sexes in ways that responses are in opposite directions yet converging on the same social structure goal.

If we evolved in close cooperation with environmental cues, why not the genomes of different species emerging in direct relation to these communications between species?  Observed from this point of view, it becomes more difficult to understand any species or individual as outside of, or not integrally connected to, the environment.

There are complementary opposite dynamics between the sexes at a number of levels in this theory.  Consider that complementary dynamics may also be engaged across species, with across-species sharing of integrated genomes.


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