Many new age groups have pondered categories of ‘spiritual evolution’. We have been critical here on the grounds that ‘spiritual evolution’ was built into the original emergence of homo sapiens, with the question of ‘future evolution’ remaining an unknown: we can’t really think beyond our current evolutionary condition. Many elusive mysteries stand in the way of a simple solution to such questions. We can’t understand what we are already, in terms of mind, ‘soul’ (?), language acquisition, ethical behaviorism (as opposed to a nearly unfulfilled consciously conducted ethics) and much else. It is hard to see how the origin ‘man’ appeared, but the ‘macro effect’ in WHEE gives us some possible hints: directed evolution in discrete transitions or punctuations in an isolated population. But that doesn’t get too specific. But the macro effect shows the scale and subtlety of the emergence of civilization: anything that can deal with the complexities of civilizations is only a few steps behind the greater but still tangible complexity of the ‘human’ frame.
The left has gotten stuck in ‘darwinian mud’, but needs to broaden its scope on issues of evolution, say goodbye once and for all to social darwinism, and to the idea of the evolutionary triumph of Nietzschean monsters. The scope of world history shows clearly the emergence of processes designed to induce reblending and equalization on a species scale. Those who think a species will split, compete against itself to produce a new speciation have probably gotten it all wrong. We see that process, or so it seems, in the relationship of Neanderthal and homo sapiens. But it is exceedingly doubtful that this was to generate a competition to create a new species. The long range seems to show the achievement of plateaux with the new simply bypassing, then perhaps supplanting, a prior level. The macro process shows something more complex: multiple parallel forms of evolution operating without full ‘isolation’ in a grand circus of multitasking but mutually interacting subsets. This suggests that a ‘new man’ can arise in the context of the old man and come to its realization as a species process.