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How to evolve civilizations… stream and sequence models

March 3rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap3_5_2.htm
We linked to this sectiion of WHEE last week, and then did a few posts on it here and at The Gurdjieff Con.
We can discuss some more aspects of the concepts: one of them is the problem of evolving an aggregate of free agents. The basic issue of evolution is hard enough. When you add the element of free agency (which may or may not be free will), the problem gets to be really intractable. Yet history shows us examples in action. Free agency becomes involved in a larger process that somehow invokes the cooperation of the agent in a creative action. A basic metaphor, not necessarily exact is the idea of a ‘genre’ and the exemplars of that genre: the novel as a genre and an instance of the genre. That’s one model, however approximate, of a semi-deterministic process in history that is realized in practice by free agents.

That’s very complicated, and in practice the simple ‘stream and sequence’ concept pair is enough. The sequence shows a macro process operating through free agency. The stream process shows pure free agency.
Here is the original post using these ideas.
http://darwiniana.com/2014/03/01/118293/: Stream and sequence: the emergence of Israelitism to Christianity/Judaism
And here is a continuation at The Gurdjieff Con
http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/2014/03/03/4194/: The hidden path to modernity??? part 2

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