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Clark’s ‘rich horny English’

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

On the Industrial Revolution – another weary theory

Although not explicitly mentioned, it also seems that he does not seem to credit the Enlightenment and the ‘age of reason’ (1790’s) as a major lubricant for oiling the locomotive of the industrial revolution…

Isn’t attributing a cultural tour de force like the Industrial Revolution to the mating practices of rich horny English peoples a bit too simplistic?

I think Clark’s book would prove a blessing in disguise for critics of Darwin. Most Darwinists are a little wary of directly applying natural selection arguments to history, because the facts are there in chronicle form and proving anything is difficult. With deep time you can simply state dogmatically the role of NS and then skip the proof.
But Clark has actually ‘made the mistake’: applied the theory to history. It is possible that people are so browbeaten by evolution hype they will bite on the hook, but at some point the obvious must show its face: the inability of NS to explain macrohistorical dynamics.

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