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Atheist, and Christian, delusions

May 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I commented already today on this book, or rather on the commentary at Truthdig, but the book arrived and I have been looking through it: Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies [Paperback] David Bentley Hart I think this book is proof of the failed strategy of the New Atheists, and this rejoinder […]

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More on Kant and The Matrix

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Kant’s Challenge Kant raises the issue of history perfectly in the opening paragraph to his essay on history: Whatever concept one may hold, from a metaphysical point of view, concerning the freedom of the will, certainly its appearances, which are human actions, like every other natural event, are determined by universal laws. However obscure their […]

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Suit against Diamond, Jim Blaut, and the ‘European Miracle’

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments

In light of the lawsuit against Jared Diamond, here is a posts from redfortyeight.com, dealing with the issue of the rise of the modern, with a short discussion of Jim Blaut, who was very critical of Diamond and his theor of the rise of the modern: http://www.redfortyeight.com/2009/04/24/blaut-modernism-the-european-miracle/ This post contains a selection on the rise […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

Why the eonic model beats out Darwinism (on human evolution)

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

The problem with Darwin’s theory of natural selection is that it over-focuses attention on the small. What of the possibility of invisible macro factors that stand beyond the action of the small-scale. Everything in the debate suggests something is being missed. But what is that? It is like gravitation in Newton’s time (no direct comparison […]

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Tags: Evolution · selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

Evolution: a Gaian matrix

April 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Looking at the eonic effect it is hard to credit the one-dimensional random evolution of Darwinism (which is said not to apply to history, but applied implicitly and covertly). The macro aspect of this process (the eonic sequence), stretching over millennia, the overall coordination of the successive steps, and many other clues force us to […]

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An Evolutionary Psychology: Classical Samkhya

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

A short essay on Samkhya, from World History And The Eonic Effect

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Popper, Marx, historicism

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

I mentioned already today the way one starting point for the eonic model was the Popperian critique of historicism. Here’s the passage from World History And The Eonic Effect. Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism In the eonic model, this makes little difference: best to critique Marx, because his thinking resurfaces in a better […]

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History and economy

April 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Since we are on the topic of Marxism, here’s a passage from World History And The Eonic Effect: Out Of Revolution Was I too fair to Marx here (comment in the comments section if you wish)? I am working on a fourth edition. I would like to move on a bit here. I think not, […]

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Tags: 1848+ · Critique of Evolutionary Economy · selections · Ultra Far Left · World History and The Eonic Effect

Slavery and the course of civilization

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom Evolves? The Discrete Freedom Sequence One of the great mysteries of world history is the subtle pattern uncovered by the eonic model: the discrete freedom sequence. Humanity flatters itself that it was able to freely construct the forms of civilization, and freedom. But the reality is more subtle, and a number of misconceptions abound. […]

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Religion, evolution, and two level theories

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

It is worth reading the section of World History And The Eonic Effect on the evolution of religion: The Eonic Evolution of Religion The question requires careful study of the eonic model, and its distinction of macro and micro-action: in this case the effect of the Axial Age, macro process in the large, is not […]

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Curious hunches about fields

April 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

The question of the eonic effect tends to resist understanding in many but is tantalizingly close to the issues raised in the previous post, where the possible answer to the question arises in considering LIFE and MIND to (distinct and) connected to fields. I always refused, however, to get started on such speculative approachs because […]

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System shutdown

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee/chap6_5.htm There is something odd about the eonic model, the reason many have a hard time grappling with it. One confusing aspect, perhaps, but also one of its strengths is the distinction of micro and macro-action, and the way this impinges on the question of modernity, the transition to modernity, and its aftermath. If things, […]

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Rhyme and reason

April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

A short selection from World History And The Eonic Effect dealing with the place of aesthetics next to dynamics: 6.2.2 Rhyme and Reason: Aesthetic Dynamics We have a little secret up our sleeve, data that doesn’t lie: follow the course of classical music as the transition rushes toward its divide, and note the climax in […]

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The ‘science of freedom’

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

One of the strangest episodes of the Hegelian era is the notion of a ‘science of freedom’. Lost in the rear view mirror of rising positivism, this notion, which is really a continuation of Kant’s critiques, expresses the inherent difficulty in the application of science to human/historical subjects. The resolution of this issue in the […]

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Positivism

March 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Since we are on the subject of positivism: The triumph of positivism

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WHEE’s online popularity, and the passing of Darwinism

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Thank you very much, there has been a gratifying response to the online text of World History And The Eonic Effect: The Eonic Effect I am already on the move to another, the fourth edition, this time in a more popular version. The theoretical work is done, and robust, despite the strangeness, at first, of […]

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Tags: Evolution · selections · World History and The Eonic Effect

A hidden entrance to ‘transcendental idealism’

March 10th, 2009 · 8 Comments

The issue of Kant’s transcendental idealism has always far too arcane for easy understanding, as the previous post on Tittle suggested. What a pity! It might help to study the eonic effect, where the noumenal/phenomenal distinction arises in a simple and practical way, without much philosophy. Here is a piece on ‘Kant’s Challenge’: Kant’s Challenge […]

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Religion, eonic evolution, and mideonic religion

March 8th, 2009 · No Comments

5.6.4 Christianity, Islam, Mahayana As Mideonic Micro-action The eonic model produces one of the most fascinating insights into the dynamcis of ‘religion evolution’ in world history, although the level of abstraction makes it difficult to see what is being said, perhaps, for many. That’s a pity, because there is a very simple process at work […]

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The eonic effect: holding the ace on evolution

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Mysterious Drumbeat In all the brouhaha over evolution one simple fact is concealed from view: noone has ever really observed evolution, and have substituted metaphysical projection on deep time as a substitute. In one sense, of course we observe evolution: we have endless fossils to document that a something, ‘evolution’, occurred in deep time, but […]

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Freedom’s Causality

March 5th, 2009 · No Comments

From WHEE I am not the first person to point out that it is not an easy thing empirical evidence of a lack of a cause. Kant himself assumes that a good scientist will operate under the presumption that absent natural causes may eventually be discovered. The small triumphs of the eonic model, problem solved…

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The question of a science of history

March 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Since we have been speaking of Kantian antinomies tonight, we should cite the one that lies at the heart of the question of a science of history, and the way that the eonic model shows the resolution of that classic contradiction: Critique Of Historical Reason A Science of History? What is the relation of our […]

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The Great Explosion

March 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

All of these questions of human evolution confuse people because Darwinism is always in the back of their minds, misleading them. A look at the eonic effect, and the relation of history and evolution, then the question of sudden human emergence, might suddenly click in one’s mind, because we can suspect, without being sure, that […]

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Rome conference, biology bigshots, and Darwinism falsified

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

It would be nice to get some feedback from this Rome Conference on evolution, but in another way the whole game is shot. I hope they come up with some interesting stuff, but do we really want another round of incomplete theories used to justfiy economic ideology, debunk religion, and pass the pretense of scientists […]

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Evolving freedom, and the ‘end of the eonic sequence’

February 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yesterday’s post on Secularism and the eonic effect might profit from looking at one of the strange yet inevitable properties of the eonic effect: the way in which we begin to dissolve the ‘eonic sequence’ as we begin to observe its action, in the past. Or else, it is the case that we have reached […]

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Tags: selections · The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect