of the most tenacious claims of defenders of Darwinism is that of the randomness
of evolution. By and large, despite various efforts of writers such as Richard
Dawkins to claim that natural selection is 'non-random', Darwinian theory is
about random evolution. And yet this assumption is contradicted by world history itself,
where we can see clear evidence of a non-random pattern exhibiting the
properties of evolution, 'evolution of some kind'. We can call this the eonic
effect. This pattern gives real meaning to the phrase 'Climbing Mt.
and evolution This pattern forces us to
ask, What is the relationship of history and evolution? In fact, a careful
consideration of what we mean by evolution suggests that the two must be braided
together in some way, since the transition between the two could not be
discontinuous. This leaves us suspicious about the current claims for the
evolution of man. Darwinism makes very strong claims, not only about evolution,
but reality itself, based on the thesis that natural selection generates all the
complexity that we see in the emergence of biological forms.
These claims are
more projections of a set of assumptions about how things should be than
properly verified assertions of science. One irony in the study of history is
that it enforces a discipline of factual verification. Darwinists see no problem
with assertions about unseen periods of deep time, while the historian is
committed to an exact and continuous chronicle of 'what happened' at the level
of millennia, centuries, decades, and years. It is, so far, able to apply this
standard to but a few millennia of world history, with considerable data
nonetheless in the range of millennia to centuries stretching back to the onset
of the Neolithic. The achievement of this data set is very recent and if we
examine the result a very definite overall pattern begins to emerge. In fact, we
begin to see what we can call the 'transition from evolution to history', and
this is a definite process of what can only be called 'macroevolution', and it
doesn't square with wild generalizations about natural selection.
Mt. Improbable World
History And The Eonic Effect sets as its prime objective the demonstration
of a non-random pattern in world history itself, the eonic effect. And this
leaves us suspicious about what is often called the Great Explosion, the sudden
transition to modern man that we deduce from the woefully incomplete data of the
Paleolithic. Armed with a perception of the eonic effect, we are left suspicious
that current theories have completely missed the main event. Although we cannot
draw definite conclusions without the same standard of evidence that we apply to
history, we can quarantine world history and block the misapplication of
Darwinian assumptions to cultural evolution.
have lost any sense of universal history. Modern science, confused by the tenets
of Darwinism, has produced a very distorted picture of the historical evolution
of man. The study of the eonic effect can help to correct this distortion, by
generating an idea for a universal history, in a phrase of the philosopher Kant.
We can do this by generating a simple model to the data we find, and then seeing
how this resolves the classic paradoxes of causality and freedom applied to
historical evolution. The result is an elegant introit to a 'science of history'
in the form of an 'evolution of freedom'.
of the classic confusions of Darwinian theory is the misapplication of natural
selection to cultural action in the present. This makes the theory a dangerous
piece of bad social software. Our new approach can resolve this
difficulty. And one of ironies of our study, and model, is that we can bring
evolution into our present and future even as we free history from the
evolutionary straightjacket. This is an effect of the type of model we develop,
based on two levels, and able to distinction properly the 'macro-action' of
evolution and the micro-action of history. It can be hard to defend oneself
against the authority of 'experts' on the issue of evolution. Armed with the
data of the eonic effect we have the incontrovertible piece of evidence for
the basic problem with Darwinism.
a theme of last and first men, from chimpanzee to man, we find ourselves
confronted with the implications of our evolutionary past and the potential of
our future action as the realization of our species character, as man.