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Evolution: 150 years of muddle, and counting

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

History And Evolution: The Eonic Effect Look at the history of evolutionary thought: the whole thing is a muddle, confusion. The basic defining terms have never been set right. It is world history itself that shows us the clue to evolution. Darwinists, by distracting attention to times unseen, have confused us completely. We are ready […]

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BBC docu-drama

July 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Proposal for the refoundation of the Committee of Public Safety

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The age of revolt against scientism

July 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science By RICHARD HOLMES Reviewed by Dava Sobel A different take on the Romantic Generation, especially its interest in science, is to be welcomed, but one is left to wonder if the real significance of Romanticism isn’t being given a revisionist […]

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Tags: History · Kant · Science

The modern transition: from religion to liberalism

July 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Liberty at 150 John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty isn’t always convincing, but after 150 years it is still worth reading, writes Andrew Norton On Liberty By John Stuart Mill First published 1859. Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin Books, and many other publishers. It is important for secularists to study the liberal tradition […]

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Native American migrations

July 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

gnxp Steve Lekson’s new book offers a kind of unified theory of the Native American population movements that have puzzled Southwest archaeologists for many years http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/science/30chaco.html

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New world diffusion

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Borne on a Black Current For thousands of years, the Pacific Ocean’s strong currents have swept shipwrecked Japanese sailors onto American shores By Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano Smithsonian.com, June 16, 2009 One of the issues of the ‘eonic model’ is the unlikelihood of isolated civilizations appearing diffusion free. This was once a prolonged debate. […]

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1908 Tunguska Explosion

June 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Space Shuttle Science Shows How 1908 Tunguska Explosion Was Caused By A Comet ScienceDaily (June 25, 2009) — The mysterious 1908 Tunguska explosion that leveled 830 square miles of Siberian forest was almost certainly caused by a comet entering the Earth’s atmosphere, says new Cornell University research. The conclusion is supported by an unlikely source: […]

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Is/was there a postmodern age?

June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Is There a Postmodern Age? One of the fallacies behind Eagleton and Fish on religion was the postmodern fallacy itself, an illusion of periodization, that has produced endless confusion to the point where modernity itself seems at risk. The periodization of the eonic effect makes short work of postmodern nonsense.

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Keats, the Romantic era, and the Great Divide

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Keats’s Afterlife By Christopher Ricks Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography by Stanley Plumly Norton, 392 pp., $27.95 Today’s discussion of Snow’s two cultures, and the essays on the histories of evolution and positivism bring to mind the Romantic era, which almost never enters the consciousness of those who chitchat about science and its ‘triumph’. The […]

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Tags: History · The Eonic Effect

The search for a science of history

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments

A new model of history All of our ideas about evolution, and, indeed, history have become cockeyed. Science proceeds according to the model of physics, but that only works on one level in study of evolution/history. The inability to accept this point, and adopt a new theoretical strategy is delaying a sensible understanding of evolution. […]

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Kant, The Matrix, and critical moments of historical change

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

In the previous two posts we have discussed Kant, The Matrix, and seen the way that Kant’s thinking applies, but that we are looking at long-term history, which we don’t observe. Revolutions per second However, there is a most ironic partial exception to this, the period of the French Revolution straddles the most sensitive and […]

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The Matrix and Kant

April 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A commenter in reference to the film The Matrix asks what book about it I was referring to. Here: The Matrix And Philosophy This film made quite a stir when it came out because of its striking philosophic subtext in the background. Two books showing the connection to philosophy are known to me. I just […]

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The eonic effect and theories of modernity

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Jim Blaut’s 8 Eurocentric Historians is a good book to read on the confusions over the rise of modernity. We have already cited a selection from World History And The Eonic Effect, at redfortyeight.com. The student of the eonic effect can resolve this question quite easily by enlarging the context of the discussion to include […]

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Inbreeding and the Hapsburgs, Pharaohs

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Inbreeding & the downfall of the Spanish Hapsburgs I was just reading/researching the same issue with respect to the end of the Old Kingdom in Egypt: the need to find partners based on the requirement that a ‘divine’ Pharaoh could not breed with anyone outside his immediate lineage is suspected in weakening the vigor of […]

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Booknotes: The Secret of the Great Pyramid

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Yestereday’s post, Slavery and the course of civilization raises the question of the Great Pyramid and how it was constructed, and who constructed it. The issue is significant because the greatest construction project in world history was constructed very early in the rise of civilization with only what seem now the most limited tools. It […]

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Empires of the Silk Road

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

I have just been looking at: Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (Hardcover) by Christopher I. Beckwith Our discussions of PIE (proto-indoeuropean…) and the homeland question are discussed in this book, which takes no final position, but which tends toward assuming a central Eurasian […]

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Perhaps history holds the key

March 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

History And Evolution, Darwinian Or Eonic? Why is it that we take evolution to be purely genetic? Think about it. Is it merely a convenience for reductionists to define evolution in terms of a tangible entity? The problem is that this way of defining evolution throws our thinking out of whack. But it is a […]

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PIE slideshow map

March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

An interesting side show map of PIE homeland and successions. With commentary here An OIT page The Rigveda represents a language, religion and culture which is the most archaic in the Indo-European world. As Griffith puts it in his preface to his translation: “As in its original language, we see the roots and shoots of […]

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Archaic Greece…the clue

March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Archaic Greece: The Clue We go through so many contortions attempted to grasp the significance of the Old Testament, or the period of the Indian Axial, or the Axial Age in general, but fail to see the ironic clue in the history of Archaic Greece. Everything else has been mythologized, but in the case of […]

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Tags: History · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Overlapping processes: history/evolution

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

History and evolution The relationship between history and evolution is often taken in the sense of opposites, but the better way to proceed is to see them as reciprocal, and one emerging from the other. Thus history and evolution are like two overlapping processes, the one the chronicle of man’s emergent free activity, the other […]

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World history beyond cultural obsessions

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments

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Comment on Evolution and Space-time

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Evolution and Space-time A lot of the confusion in evolution revolves around this issue. It is certainly a big step to consider issues of the space-time framework as relevant to evolution. But in looking at human history in light of the eonic effect we can see that this is the case. Stephen P. […]

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Not putting up with Darwinian nonsense

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

You don’t have to put up with Darwinian nonsense: ask a Darwinist if there is a science of history? If he starts talking about ‘laws of history’, cite Karl Popper on historicism, and/or the Kantian framework. When it is obvious that the scientists have no such science of history, start moving backwards: when did history […]

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Deriving the eonic effect: from evolution to history

March 15th, 2009 · No Comments

History And Evolution Much of the confusion over Darwinism arises because of confusion in our own mind, as to the meaning of evolution. There are lots of ways to define evolution, but we have actually introduced an inconsistency into our usage, using Darwinism, between history and evolution, and the result is the discordance between the […]

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