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World History, evolution and the patterns of punctuated transitions/medieval equilibria

June 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Week ends are a good time for a quick survey of WHEE: one section per chapter all the way through.
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/intro1_1_1.htm: In Search of History
If you look at world history it begins to sink in that random evolution won’t work. And world history looks random, at first. But once we detect the key to its hidden structure we can see that there is something driving development.
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_2_3.htm: the idea of punctuated equilibrium is useful, although darwinists have confused its clarity: it is about a definite input or stimulus followed by a return to equilibrium. The term is useful for the study of world history since we see this kind of input/equilibrium pattern in world history, in a more complicated form.

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap3_3_1.htm the idea of punctuated equilibrium is frequently applied to the emergence of man.

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap4_2_2.htm: the development of life is confusing because it is operating on two levels and we see the two overlaid. But a closer look shows, contrary to the views of darwinists rejecting ‘evolutionary progress’, a clear progression matched with a more random period on top of that. The Cambrian explosion makes it obvious that a fairly rapid emergence phase was involved, and the same appears to the be case with the successive steps into complexity…animals primates etc…Progression is a much better term that progress.

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap5_1.htm: the key to the evidence for punctuated equilbrium lies in our recent past: the Axial Age with its stunning pattern of rapid social transformation in a few centuries. With ‘medieval’ following periods.

The rise of modernity is another such thunderclap, concluding our tale and we need to distinguish the onset of a new era created by a transitional period of rapid innovation, and the successor periods which cannot quite match the earlier period, except in technology which is a different question.

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap7_1.htm: the paradox of history and evolution is resolved in our pattern of transitions and their intervals. We see that evolution and history are braided together…

We conclude a rapid transit through our discussion in WHEE: the problem here is that history isn’t a shared vision: it all depends on the amount of data we have in any attempt to ‘see’ the past. The amount of data needed is quite large and we are often non-plussed by ancient civilizations we don’t have any real knowledge of. But this is changing and people are beginning to get a first set of impressions of world history: here the analysis of WHEE can help because it shows a pattern that can make study more intuitive based on a perception of ‘how it all works/

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