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 Eonic effects, frontier effects and globalization

July 4th, 2018 · No Comments

The implied question in this article illustrates the bewilderment at history that is pervasive and debilitating. One can recommend six months to a year of study of the eonic model to get a grip on the mysterious historical dynamic behind the confusion of civilizations. This is especially confusing in the context of pervasive eurocentric confusion and its counterattacks. A study of the eonic model’s ‘frontier effect’ can help somewhat.

The data of the eonic effect make transparent the rapid advances of countries like england, and in light of the ‘frontier effect’ in the eonic model we see that includes the whole ‘frontier’ crescent: italy, germany, holland, france, spain. http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap6_1_1.htm: the modern transition proceeds so rapidly in so many directions that it is little wonder that countries like england pull ahead.
We can see that the eonic effect is at core benign but does not control a totality of the areas of its action: the distinction of free action and system action suggest the way that imperialism can emerge outside of ‘eonic effect’ to corrupt the advance which, as adam smith so cogently realizes, should be to create an oikoumene of shared advances…
This problem is especially manifest in the case of the us which has gone from staging ground for a democratic experiment to rogue nation…
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap3_5_2.htm

Still, some scholars continue to rummage through the vast terrain of ‘culture’ in search of an explanation for European ascendancy. Most influential of late is the theory (popularised especially by the economic historian Joel Mokyr) that the Enlightenment fostered a unique culture of sharing both the knowledge and the microinventions – or ‘tweaks’ – that drove the British industrial revolution. The idea that knowledge-sharing was a particularly European trait would have surprised the Enlightenment thinker Adam Smith as he observed the world in that moment. Concerned about Britain’s aggressive pursuit of empire, he presumed that the universal capacity for knowledge-sharing would ultimately right the wrongs of colonialism. Noting in An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) that South Asians were not reaping benefits from the discovery of the Americas and suffered ‘every sort of injustice’ at the hands of Europeans, Smith remained sanguine that the sharing of knowledge and improvements that commerce produced would eventually put all nations on an equal footing and compel them into mutual respect.

Source: Is the gun the basis of modern Anglo civilisation? | Aeon Essays

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