Beyond the economics/evolution muddle to some sense: the eonic effect
June 28th, 2018
The eonic effect shows the problems that confound standard theories of economics and evolution.
The relationship of world history to evolution seems to mix two categories, but that is not the problem. The problem is the huge scale of both subjects and the lack of any evidence that can lead to a reasonable analysis.
The eonic effect provides that, sort of, up to a point: we get a stunning clue that behind the bottom up and its fallacies there is a top-down macro effect seen in a frequency pattern with a distinct resemblance to punctuated equilibrium (the latter is not a theory but a cogent metaphor). Get the right bibliography and read several hundred books and the point will become clear, and not until then. Til then you will flounder in perpetual sausage making in academic jargon promising a new paradigm in either subject.
This raises issues of scale, teleology, directionality in a global diversity, the search for a unit of analysis other than the toynbean ‘civilization’, and much else.
The eonic effect and its model succeed because they Don’t produce a ‘theory’: the subject is too complex and the analysis invokes a kind of theory we don’t have yet because it must include free agents.
Science already has a glimpse of this: look at the computer code for a mouse and its dramatic transformation of a causal argument. The result may be causal in a new sense, but the result must take into account ‘choice’ as input to a causal system.
The eonic effect does not solve the problem but points to the way the real dynamic, although concealed, leaves its traces over the course of history. We see the footprints of a mystery, but that mystery we can infer might be connected to a larger cosmological process or design behind evolution/history, like a fine-turning argument. Evolution is guided by some mysterious macro effect. The relation of evolution and history arises from seeing the way that man emerges from evolution into history as a budding free agent, and this is really a later stage of the birth of the animal…
If we study the eonic effect we see that economies are bound up in the evolution of civilization and the rise of modern capitalism (with seed ideas of socialism) is bound up in the transformation of modernity. It has not real independent evolution, although at each stage ‘evolution’ in the slang sense occurs with the new economies and technologies invented outside the eonic effect….