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Bennett and the mystery of evolution

February 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Strange to say, the discovery of a real theory of evolution isn’t going to be easy. Stranger still, the only thinker I know of who came close is J.G.Bennett, although I do not accept his overall framework in The Dramatic Universe, but his distinction of the hyponomic, autonomic, and hypernomic realms of nature lays the groundwork, one suspects, for a new form of physics/cosmology in which life emerges in a kind of dialectical triad of higher and lower ‘nature’. What is that???? Science hasn’t yet really discovered the hypernomic although it would seem to be present as natural organisms evolve consciousness and man his ‘will’. The hypernomic has a conceptual connection with will, but more properly in the the sense of Schopenhauer, full stop. We can’t get any further and stay in the realm of science.
Bennett’s remarkable construct suggests that physics/cosmology must resolve the fine-turning argument and move to a form of a ‘theory of involution’, hopefully far beyond the absolute crud of new age versions of the idea. Involution must be hiding somewhere in ‘inflation theory’ and cosmological evolution must somehow create a something that can clarify the emergence of life. We won’t see involution as a physics concept but fine-tuning arguments are some kind of equivalent, perhaps.
Schopenhauer to clarify the idea of ‘will’ a bit saw the close connection of ‘scientific laws’ to his sense of the term ‘Will’ in nature. Bennett’s set of three realms is withing the scale of material nature and is probably a version of the only way to bypass creationist superstitions…

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