The problems confronted by the left, and this touches on ‘evolution’, are so complex that if we simply list them much of the danger of a stalinist repetition. The key section of LFM ends with a picture of the theatre of Dionysus: a future communist society will have to ask how history generated tragic literatures and proceed to its own social engineering here.
If you haven’t wigged out on this, there is worse…
______________________From the Appendix to Last and First Men: re: the discussion of the failure of social science, there is a trick to redefining the subject: a famous essay by Kant gives a hint to consider the ‘causality of freedom’. This gesture (which we don’t have to carry out in detail) in principle repairs the ‘fatal flaw’ of sociological historicism….
History…permits us to hope that if we attend to the play of freedom of the human will in the large, we may be able to discern a regular movement in it…
Kant, Idea For A Universal History
4.1 History and Evolution: The Non-random
The question of evolutionary theory haunts the efforts to create a science of the historical. No such science of history exists: there the issue of human nature defies easy analysis with man inside the problem. But we can suspect such a science in the evidence of the non-random.
The term ‘non-random’ is the safest way to refer to a perceived dynamic we don’t understand fully. Crusoe who sees a footprint in the sand shows an example. But ripples in the sand would also quality. The first case ‘designed’ the second causal, and marginally ‘non-random. World history combines both and we see ‘ripples’ or cycles that carry interior cultural ‘designs’.
The question of this ‘pattern’ arises in the context suggested in a famous essay on history to find a pattern of universal history. Although fuzzy, with a dynamics that is ambiguous, our pattern fits the bill, and there are probably no other solutions to ‘Kant’s Challenge’ than the one we uncover using a frequency analysis, over the range of world history for which we have data at the level of centuries, or less. That’s it: pattern shown. But what does it mean?
The ‘non-random’ is any evidence of a patterned process or dynamic. This could be causal, meta-causal or teleological or even designed. The evidence of world history contains a surprise: non-random patterning that exposes a ‘macro’ effect and provides a way beyond the dilemma, with a special kind of model. We see a rough solution to both questions: history and evolution (human) are Janus-faced. Our study will work with a model of this phenomenon and is like a passage through an enchanted woods. But it leaves a complex mystery that we must approach with care. Consider the phenomenon of the Axial Age: the data suggests the meta-causal, that is, some kind of semi-causal process that operates on some different level, acting on history rather than in history. The distinctions of causal event, machine and engine evokes something similar. Or perhaps the meta-causal process is really a teleological one, that gives evidence of directionality in the form of a cyclical process. This in turn hints at a distinction of the Kantian noumenal or phenomenal. This is the reason we limit ourselves to a broad set of outlines. The full model remains somewhat ambiguous.
Our idea of a ‘model’ is that of a periodization sequence that is an empirical chronicle. The periodization sequence may itself be evidence for a possible dynamic, as a conjecture. The value of this approach is that we don’t propose a ‘theory’, i.e. a universal generalization against an infinite interval of time. In fact our model is designed to start anywhere using ‘relative beginnings’ Theories fail. A non-random pattern is very hard to dissipate. [Read more →]
I think marxists should take note of the critique of Marx here: we have been saying as much over and over in Last and First Men: followers of Marx live in a cocoon and never realize their subject is an illusion. That refers to ‘social science’. The core ideas of class, ideology, and the illusions of economic science remain the guidelines.
Being stuck in the nineteenth century is a misfortune in the age of neoliberal pretense…
Social science was — it is best to speak in the past tense — a mistake. The dream of a comprehensive science of society, which would elucidate “laws of history” or “social laws” comparable to the physical determinants or “laws” of nature, was one of the great delusions of the 19th century. Auguste Comte formulated a Religion of Humanity based on “the positive philosophy” or Positivism. Karl Marx went to his grave convinced that his discovery of laws of history had made him the Darwin or Newton of social science.
Source: Let’s Abolish Social Science | The Smart Set
The realm of the Dawkins delusion is a mysterious puzzle. Its dogmatism, personality worship, and bad science combine to produce a massive social ideology that makes anyone who wishes science well wince.
It is not hard to expose the fallacies behind darwinism, but decade after decade Dawkins proceeds oblivious to the weakness of his position. We will have to redefine wretchedness when this bubble finally bursts…
Where once the humanists and philosophers were cocks of the cultural walk, now Dawkins can claim without argument that there are “deep philosophical questions that only science can answer”. There are no mysteries, just as-yet-unsolved scientific problems: “Life is just bytes and bytes and bytes of digital information.” The culture wars are over; science has won and Dawkins is confident that he has played a non-trivial role in that victory. Surveying the enormous change in the public prestige of science since CP Snow’s The Two Cultures (1959), he takes satisfaction that his books have been “among those that changed the cultural landscape”. Snow complained that, for some unfathomable reason, scientists were not counted as “intellectuals”. That has all changed. In 2013, readers of Prospect magazine voted Dawkins the world’s “top thinker”.
Her analysis shows, over a 30,000-year period, cave dwellers used only about 30 different types of signs. This type of reasoning is called a design inference
Source: Were cave symbols early writing attempts? | Uncommon Descent
Dear friends of NCSE,
A preview of the second edition of Evolution: Making Sense of Life.
And a new poll on climate change.
A PREVIEW OF EVOLUTION: MAKING SENSE OF LIFE
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Discussions of the jewish question can be very dangerous (I am not an antisemite, btw ) so I recommend constant zigzag, and the above is a book that tries to deal with a question that might challenge some of our views…go for it…
Many people never get to first base with the use of the term ‘evolution’ in World History and The Eonic Effect (WHEE). In reality its usage is the onset of sanity.
Consider this point carefully: the standard ‘scientific’ usage is a generalization about ‘random evolution’ by natural selection applied to all cases of ‘evolution’ since the onset of life, which is unexplained. That’s what should be called a wildly speculative thesis, one that gives no direct evidence of natural selection as claimed. None. Not a single case. Take the evolution of land animals to whales. This is clearly evolution. But by natural selection? This has never been verified. It couldn’t be, in fact.
With WHEE we use a different approach: we infer ‘evolution’ as a ‘process’ in deep time (you may with less justice challenge this as unobserved, but…), but make no assumptions about its mechanism…
We look at ‘development’ in world history and we can discover a recursive process of ‘driven development’, and that’s ‘evolution’. BUT…our treatment is an empirical set of observations about directly observed (almost) world history. It is not a theory about the whole of history nor the whole of evolution.
We are lucky: ‘evolution’, or ‘development’, shows evidence of operating in finite transition intervals, a windfall ( a continuous version would be hardly to detect), with fast development clustered in periods of transition at the start of the intervals. ————–transitionxxxxxx——————-transitionxxxxx————– etc…
We see two and a half and probably eight such intervals in world history….Very suggestive, still not enough for a theory, which would be impossible anyway. But this gives us an unmistakable sense of how evolution might work in deep time.
Thus our usage as defined is far more rigorous than darwinian science fiction/ideology….
It is completely useless to say that because this contradicts darwinian theory, and the sayso of academic/scientific windbags, is a waste of breath…
The Meaning of Evolution We are so accustomed to Darwinian or reductionist definitions of genetic evolution that we forget the meaning of the term: evidence of developmental emergence by any process or dynamic. By that definition history shows a clear pattern of non-random evolution in the development of civilization (and the parallel development of human individuality).
Limits of Observation Biologists often distinguish the ‘fact’ of evolution from the ‘theory’. The difference is crucial, for it is relatively easy to see from the fossil record that evolution occurs as a succession/progression of animal forms, but to confirm that this occurs by a process of natural selection is far more speculative, and probably false. Truly observing evolution is difficult, and we cannot easily infer the mechanism from generalizations about immense vistas of time. What if evolution is an active or intermittent process that occurs at high speed in short intervals that we never observe?
History and Evolution A paradox confronts the distinction of evolution and history: when did evolution stop and history begin? This odd question is the clue to seeing that the relationship of history and evolution must show an interconnection. Further this braiding together is likely to show a series of transitions between the two. With this clue we can rapidly find the evidence for just this, which we call the ‘eonic effect’.
I have tried in vain to clarify the dark side of sufism, but the wall of silence is total, and the ignorance of moslems as to their own religion is too embarrassing to discuss in public. The fact has to be faced that most of the relevant sufi issues have landed in the hands of non-moslem westerners, while all sorts of creepy westerners have tried to leverage sufi occultism for clever new forms of evil. Cf. the legacy of Gurdjieff and his near-doppelganger Gold.
For me the situation is beyond intolerable. It is just sick. SICK. I am the son of a Protestant minister, and approached the sufi idea via Idries Shah’s works with an expectation that the world of Rumi et al would actually be a spiritual subject.
But after thirty years of watching sufi gangsters threatening life, using black magic, trying to experiment on the unconscious, trying to create experimental diseases, making a mockery of conventional moslems and sufis behind their backs, I no longer take a benign view of this ism. I think Idries Shah was embarrassed by his own books: he knew the reality was quite different.
In the climax to muddle we have the question of the seed plexus phenom of esoteric sufis, the confusion over which is beyond belief, and as I am realizing very dangerous. I have tried for more than two decades to view a source of wise sufi advice to ask one simple question in faq mode. Impossible. I must be such a peon they don’t communicate with such as I. Worse, I suspect that this has degenerated into entrapment. I fear sufi dark occultists in the know can imprison the unsuspecting pious in a form of spiritual soul slavery which can be a truly horrific in the hands of psycopaths. How did psychopaths ever get into this area? Go read Gurdfjieff, you see the stages of madness in the explicit defense of being a demon with ambiguous remarks on being ‘evil’.
I fear the worst: private hells created with sufi ripped off techniques to enslave the unsuspecting pious for ‘torture baraka’ and other forms of spiritual caviar for degenerates, and what degenerates…Sufi demons, I’d say. not on their driver’s license.
In my case they show no interest. I had my portion ripped off in a ‘thieves of baraka’ game of exceptional cruelty, but I think the phenom is like silly putty and a piece returns…But I think in my case the result is so damaged and so riddled with the vibes of PTSD noone would mess with it. Sigh of relief. It will automatically be stripped away in the bardo transit, or so I am told…
But that leaves the question of any number of unsuspecting ‘sufi’ (idiots on the sidelines conned into pious association) fringe/exoteric dupes vulnerable to being preyed on. What a nightmare. Are there any spiritual police? Given the fact that 99% of moslems are unaware of this aspect of their own religion I wouldn’t exactly bet on it.
But there are people who could observe or at least sense something of this, enlightened men, perhaps…That’s the danger of sufism: people think they are getting spiritual but don’t even medidate. They are in reality going nowhere at all and can’t develop psychic self-defense…
This silent scandal is so grotesque I think it is time to move toward shutting down Islam. Time to move on….
I am sorry to sound Islamophic, but it is not phobia. It is downright paranoia, and I think this is shared by many moslems…
And I think someone in the American system decades ago encountered the dark side of Islam/sufism and was the source of the ‘hidden war’ against Islam that we see repeatedly savaging moslem cultures.
Good, I’ve scared you….but being scared here isn’t good enough. This is REALLY SCARY…