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A secular age, and the eonic effect

February 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Comment on Taylor’s A Secular Age James said, February 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm · I’m not trying to do justice to your book, but one gets a sense after reading it that neither side really understands the meaning of “secularism.” Taylor is just as confused as the Darwinists. And a comment from me: nemo […]

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A non-random pattern

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

After the Amazon review flap it might help to start over and highlight some of the key points of World History And The Eonic Effect, to how they revolve around one simple question, and objective: a non-random pattern in world history, and its demonstration. That’s it. 1.1.1 In Search Of History: Using The Text Historical […]

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Amazon review of WHEE

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

This post contains a comment from my Amazon blog in response to another one-star review of World History And The Eonic Effect. This time I think I nailed the reviewer. These short one-star jobs are strong evidence that, even with a copy of the book, supposedly, the reviewer has not really read the book. They […]

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Art and (eonic) evolution

February 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Dutton’s The Evolution Of Art Denis Dutton, an art professor in New Zealand, has proposed a bold new explanation. He argues that humankind’s universal interest in art is the result of human evolution. We enjoy sex, grasp facial expressions, understand logic and spontaneously acquire language—all of which make it easier for us to survive and […]

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Richard Klein’s The Dawn Of Human Culture

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I have been rereading a number of books on the question (s) of human origins, and ordered this one (cited in WHEE) from Amazon: The Dawn of Human Culture by Richard G. Klein This is one of the best on the whole subject, despite the author’s clutching at the straw of the ‘magic mutation’. The […]

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Critique of Armstrong’s The Great Transformation

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Just about the most popular posts on this blog have been those critiquing Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation, a text that hopelessly confused the Axial Age question. World History And The Eonic Effect (get the book!) has a short critique of her treatment (it is a bit too fair, almost): 2.6.1 Karen Armstrong’s The Great […]

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History And Evolution: evolution in history

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

2.5.7 History And Evolution, Darwinian Or Eonic? The issue of history and evolution is a confusing one, and it seems as if we are making a category error. But consider the following question: when did evolution stop and history begin? This tricky question will trip up the Darwinian approach and leave it to collapse in […]

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The eonic effect and the Old Testament riddle

February 21st, 2009 · No Comments

5.4.1 Canaan and ‘Israel/Judah’: The Old Testament Riddle It is hard, in fact, impossible, to think of any other explanation than that of the eonic effect, for what is bequeathed to us by the redactors of the Old Testament, who, incidentally, lived after the events they purported to describe. It is the eonic ‘smoking gun’, […]

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Freedom’s Causality

February 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Freedom’s Causality As Elizabeth Ellis notes in Kant’s Politics, What would “bridging nature and freedom” mean outside of politics? For Kant the big questions are nearly always epistemological: thus, bridging freedom and nature might mean specifying the conditions under which investigators of the empirical world (scientists) are able to find evidence of spontaneity in the […]

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Will democracy survive?

February 20th, 2009 · No Comments

From World History And The Eonic Effect: 7.2.2 Will Democracy Survive? Toward A Postdarwinian Liberalism

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The eonic effect and developmental biology

February 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Today’s link on Scott Gilbert is worth reading: Scott Gilbert and developmental biology, follow the link to Scoop-NZ, and that to the information on the imminent Rome conference. Finding problems with the regime of the modern synthesis should be the most natural thing, as this article implicitly shows. Instead we have the fanaticism of the […]

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Has evolution stopped?

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Last-Minute Changes Scientific orthodoxy says that human evolution stopped a long time ago. Did it? The question of whether evolution stopped (ten thousand years ago, the title of the book under review) depends on what we mean by evolution, and whether the definition is correct. We assume a purely genetic interpretation, with a Darwinian backdrop, […]

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A Theoretical Self-defense

February 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Beyond Darwinism: A Theoretical Self-defense Our demonstration of a non-random pattern in world history is complete, and along the way we have stumbled on much more, a system of macro-history that matches a discrete-continous model, a stroke of luck, and reflecting a process operating over tens of millennia, in a process that we can only […]

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Visualizing world history

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The (Eonic) Evolution Of Civilization Visualizing world history is difficult in an age of scientism where the question of historical dynamics suffers from incoherence. The purpose of the eonic model is to show the very simple pattern of dynamic sequencing in world history, and to follow the steps in detail from the Neolithic onwards. Visualizing […]

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Distinction of micro and macro in eonic model

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

James produced a good insight into the eonic dynamics inComment on WHEE: technocratic medievalism?. If you look at the text (with much of it online) there are two symmetric sections in Chapter Six giving expression to the way in which the post-transition can suddenly seem to be operating on a lower level: A New Age […]

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Samkhya

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

5.6.2 An Evolutionary Psychology: Classical Samkhya Current science/religion debates are almost completely dominated by wrong assumptions created by the dominance of scientism, and the result inexorably leads to sense of something missing, and thence to a resurgence of religious considerations. That is why the ancient Samkhya remains of great interest, for it shows a religious […]

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A short history of the world

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

There is a whole series of new selections from World History And The Eonic Effect online. Having discovered the eonic pattern, and created a model around it, a short world history in outline proceeds from the Neolithic to the modern transition, the whole shebang, if not the big bang. The Eonic Evolution Of Civilization Follow […]

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More selections from WHEE

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

I am getting the next batch of selections from World History And The Eonic Effect ready, and will go through them starting tomorrow. But you can get a first look starting with Symphony Of Emergence: The Eonic Evolution Of Civilization I am putting a partial snapshot of the whole book online in time for the […]

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Evolution and space-time

February 7th, 2009 · No Comments

I am going to put a lot of further selections online from World History And The Eonic Effectin time for Darwin day. But meanwhile consider what’s online already, here’s a key post: 4.3.5 A Certain Strangeness: Beyond Space And Time? The Darwin debate goes into deadlock over the question of naturalistic explanation. As defined by […]

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WHEE selections

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Selections online from World History And The Eonic Effect: 1.1 A Glimpse Of Evolution 2.1 The Eonic Effect: Climbing Mt. Improbable 3.1 A Frequency Hypothesis 4.1 Idea For A Universal History

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Kant, evolution and transcendental idealism

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

The most beautiful part of the eonic model is the way it resolves a question latent in Kant’s essay on history. And this journey throughout the realm of so-called ‘transcendental idealism’ shows us why it is that the evolution question is so intractable: we are never really seeing evolution, only its outer representation. The term […]

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More on the Oedipus Paradox

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Are there really any scientific theories of evolution? Too bad, but maybe not. Alfred Wallace began to realize the problem. Duncehead Darwin never became the wiser. Scientists have little understanding of the way that scientific theories begin to lose their objectivity as they ascend from physics through biology into the the realm of history. The […]

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‘We have discovered Huxley ’s evolution #2’

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Freedom Evolves! Huxley’s Evolution #2 We have discovered Huxley ’s evolution #2, and we are in the strange position of trying to disprove Darwin in practice, the effect Huxley noted. And we should begin to share Huxley’s sense of alarm, for we see that the self-interaction of selectionist theory, as a belief system, with history […]

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The eonic effect, self-consciousness, and freedom/causality

January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The previous post discussed the issue of a Marxist critique of ID, but Marx’s philosophy of history was the object of a classic critique by Karl Popper, on the gournds of being an ‘historicism’. Laws Of History And Popper On Historicism. We should note the way that the eonic effect enters this terrain and survives […]

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