I don’t agree necessarily with Bennett and find him at the opposite pole to scientism, the fact remains that he tried to produce a phenomenal version of the noumenon and then proposed a speculative model that resolves the major confusions we see in redutionist darwinism…I will propose my different and better approach in another post…
JG Bennett on speciation, individuality, eight term systems…a warning biology is probably not even remotely close to a theory of evolution
September 27th, 2016 · No Comments
My study of the macro effect is a good introduction to the real problems with theories of evolution. But it doesn’t go far enough. It is hard to go farther, because we don’t see what is behind the phenomenological surface of what the eonic model exposes as outer evidence of a deep dynamic. But it is clear what is missing, a mysterious form factor and its intermittent action over the course of history. I have used Schopenhauer to try and help here and this might imply that there is a timeless (and spaceless) component to the macro sequence.
I had a funny experience yesterday after writing the post above at the link: I suddenly realized I had rediscovered J.G.Bennett’s core idea for an account of evolution, if we can apply the term to his thinking. I went back to read the last arcane sections of Vol I of his The Dramatic Universe, which I hadn’t read in many years, and found, presto, a version, far more sophisticated, of my basic suspicion about the eonic effect.
In a nutshell (it would take a hundred page account to really explain his theory) Bennett has a new view of space time with three temporal dimensions, time, eternity, and hyparxis, the later being the interaction of time and eternity. The eternity dimension (his account is very complex and uses a framework like that of general relavity) often expresses a timeless pattern in relation to the temporal dimension. Bennett constructs an ingenious and useful ‘systematics’ of n-term systems and moves to apply this to three domains in nature: the hyponomic, autonomic, and hypernomic. He has a fancy version of ancient Samkhya with a version of ‘hyperdialectic’, which is like the law of three forces in Ouspensky, except far superior. But it is a drastic conjecture. However it resolves the problem with evolution by showing how the life realm (autonomic) emerges as the ‘reconciliation’ or third aspect (not unlike the marxist negation of the negation) of the active hypernomic and the passive hyponomic. Bennett’s n-term systems convincingly rise along a cascade of complex entities from a groundstate ‘hyle’ to corpuscles, particles, 0, 1, 2 term systems, ‘things’ or four term systems (from hydrogen, an elementary ‘thing’ to pieces of wood), to e.g. viruses (five term) to cells (six term) to organisms (seven term) to the concluding level of ‘individuality’ (eight term) systems. Man is a partial (or failed) organism version of an individualizing organism. But beyond that Bennett most ingeniously constucts the level of the biosphere as a complex entity that regulates the level of speciation: in this account the species is an eight term system, and speciation occurs in a very complex (and not quite clear) relationship to the biosphere.
Here’s the kicker: we see that ‘evolutionary’ processes are keyed by a timeless pattern in the eternity mediated by the ‘hyparchic regulator’. I wouldn’t have the foggiest at what that meant, until I realized I had rediscovered a variant in the way the eonic effect shows a timeless aspect interacting in time with a discrete series that seem to show action from the hyparchic future.
I must have botched Bennett’s complicated systematics, but the point is clear enough in a gist.
I have a rule, to leave the eonic model alone and not attempt to apply add ons. But there would be no harm in a separate book dealing with this (I had some intimations of this in the Conclusion to Enigma of the Axial Age).
Such an explanation wouldn’t even enter the consciousness of those now in the realm of darwinian scientism. It would be factored our of discussion at once as new age goop. But while there isn’t a sufficient scientific basis for Bennett’s framework it is carefully thought out by someone who was an master of modern physics, general relativity, Kaluza/Klein stuff, and much much more.
A species thus requires something far more than what biology has now. But is there any way to redo this material along the lines of science? The closest science can come to this scheme of time is in the still gestating spooky physics of nonlocality, etc…So science is proceeding apace. But the failure to distinguish the hyponomic from the autonomic and the total absence of a conception of the hypernomic is what has left biology in the sterile wilds of scientism.
The level of individuality as the real potential of man is worth the price of the book in discussions scattered against the immense undergrowth of four volumes of reasoning of someone with an IQ of 200 (and a lot of blind spots). But the material is important and the scattered chestnuts remarkable, and in this case unnerving: man is a degenerate octopotent being regressed to the septempotent level as creature potentially an ‘individual’ (the octopotent level) who was failed to complete this stage. A remarkable insight into the human struggle.