Darwin's theory is really about random
evolution, and the eonic effect gives us all at once a dramatic instance of a
non-random pattern, which can then be seen as non-random 'evolution'.
are two ways to approach this:
2. Three Transitions The sudden perception of three turning points or
transitions in world history. This second is obviously a superset of the first
set of data.
We see a distinct rhythm or
mysterious drumbeat effect in world history. Three dynamic periods with
medievalizing intervals in between. The only name for this pattern is
'evolution' and its scope is awesome, comprising all the basic categories of
civilization and culture.
non-random pattern shows that virtually all the major advances of civilization
are clustered inside the eonic grid.
The Great Explosion The Eonic Effect makes
us suspicious that something like it is present at earlier stages of man'
A Photo Finish test Darwinism is going
to flunk a photo finish test. We can't have a macro driver in world history,
and then claim with little evidence that the descent of man is random
The Hurricane Argument The eonic
pattern raises the standard of evidence since we see clear evidence of short
Beyond Natural Selection We see
clearly that the existence of a macro driver in world history makes the
stock of natural selection plummet.
The evidence of the eonic effect is spectacular,
but we need to create a simple model to help us visualize such a large pattern,
and discipline our perceptions. The discovery of the Axial Age and the
associated series of turning points is invaluable because it allows us to create
a special type of model, based on an intermittent driver idea, and this produces
two levels. On one level we see three transitions, on the other the greater
totality of world history. This model will have the following concepts:
Differential periodization. If we use a periodization based on two dates
enclosing a transition, for each of our turning points, we have a good
approximation to the eonic effect. These transitions are about three centuries
in length, and show
transforms and eonic emergents The eonic effect shows relative emergentism,
and we can find a incoming stream of culture suddenly transformed during a
transition. This approach allows us also to create a model with no absolute
beginning or ending.
3. Eonic sequence Our
sequence of transitions forms an 'eonic sequence' which we call 'eonic
evolution'. This terminology will also be called the 'stream and sequence'
property. A stream of culture cross a boundary, and contributes to the high
4. Parallel emergence We
really have two patterns, one of the spectacular parallel emergence of the Axial
Age and the sequential development in the eonic mainline.
Frontier Effect As we explore the eonic effect further we see the subtle way
in which the eonic sequence allows our system to produce development
sequentially in successive civilizations
Eonic determination and free action Our system/agent hybrid idea is
clearly in evidence in the eonic pattern. We will introduce special terms for
this in our eonic model, the eonic determination of the transitions, and the
free action that operates in the periods outside the system sequence.
!= eonic sequence Later we will introduce more extensions of the material,
but one of the crucial points is to reduce economic systems to this greater
totality of the eonic sequence.
This page follows the first half of Chapter Two,
and the next page the second.