5. Symphony of Emergence 


Non-Genetic Evolution


Section 5 .1.1

World History 
And The Eonic Effect

Civilization, Darwinism, And Theories of Evolution
4th Edition
The Book
By  John Landon




 5. Symphony of Emergence  
     5.1 Cycle, System Return: The Axial Age  
        5.1.1 Non-genetic Evolution
        5.1.2 Karen Armstrong's The Great Transformation
        5.1.3 Art, Evolution and The Tragic Genre  
     5.2 Stream and Sequence: The Axial Transitions   
        5.2.1 Archaic Greece: The Clue 
        5.2.2 The Old Testament as Eonic Data 
        5.2.3 Aryans, Hinduism, and a Buddhist Revolution
        5.2.4 Axial China: Continuity and Discontinuity
        5.2.5 A Flowering of Greek Tragedy and The Birth Of    Democracy  
     5.3 A Rebirth of Freedom...Cycle, System Return       
     5.4 On The Threshold of World Civilization  
        5.4.1 Slavery, Abolition, and Eonic Sequence
        5.4.2 Religion and Empire   

 6. Transition and Modernity


    World History And The Eonic Effect: Fourth Edition

     5.1.1 Non-genetic Evolution


The Axial Age is a clear and devastating challenge to ideas of natural selection and of genetic evolution. Darwin is more or less on record as assuming that natural selection is at work in the destruction of primitive races and that the achievements of the Greek  classical period are the result of differential natural selection, a most doubtful viewpoint. Why was there a Greek flowering of culture? Because, by natural selection, the Greeks were smarter or some superior race? What about the Hittites? These were essentially the same tribal and linguistic stock. Yet they shew very little creative culture. They weren’t in the eonic mainline. What about the Romans? They are almost a variant tribe, yet already look backwards to an established tradition. One is just before, the other just after. In parallel we find the post-Vedic mimic in concert the Greeks in music of different key. This has to be a problem of periodization. The foundations of the Greek classical achievement appeared at almost record speed from -900 to -600 for reasons, we can strongly suggest, that were conditioned by zone and period, in a master sequence. It is a question of eonic determination. This remarkable interval, echoed in the raw structure of the Old Testament, has no other account than as a ‘fast interrupt’. Even if we thought they had special talents or intelligence as a culture, this other explanation would hold good. For we will move to see the full counter-experiments in all combinations, the comparable Hittites, and (Greek) Mycenaeans before, the Romans just after. In general, evolutionary theory assumes that selection for intelligence is a foregone conclusion in the evolution of the brain. Even the small snapshot we have of human history shows the ‘survivors’ too often to be a very restricted range of men. Uphill selection requires unique conditions for success.

 We must especially note the falloff of the effect in this parallel case of the Romans, for they almost seem to be there to rescue something from the onset of post-transition al chaos. In general, selection can decrease potential. Our transitional periods seem to increase it. And all the great advances of civilization show eonic period conditioning at their source, temporally and geographically. Selectionism could hardly be the mechanism of this evolution  for we see the same population streams switched on and off, although it would be of great interest to know the genetic preliminaries and consequences of these waves of advancing civilization. The danger is that realization from high potential will select away from its innovations, the abortive classical birth of science being an example. For it is possible to consider that outstanding abilities or cultural assets enable particular groups to respond to the eonic effect more readily.

Civilization  simply does not arise through the survival of the fittest, and frequently shows signs of logjam as the ‘fittest’ induce stasis in the persistence of sterile themes of domination, power, and militarism. One can only wonder at the ‘genetic cost’ of civilization itself, and the effect of centuries of warfare, political submission, and hangman judges. Nor is the runaway suggestion of the nature of social competition in public thinking a helpful contribution to an already stressed environment of colliding parties whose first need is mutual cooperation. The game of the survival of the fittest makes no sense in a context where we see religions emerge in periodic rhythm, along with science and philosophy.

One of the most remarkable aspects of antiquity is the uphill selection  against inertia, indeed, the focal selection of advancing areas. Against the restriction of potential in selection  we see separate worlds mapped out in parallel. The entire spectrum of human consciousness is explored during a particular show of emergent culture. The system anticipates its own transitional outcome, as whole literatures appear to service a coming oikoumene. The system seems to focus on the operational instruments of its evolutes in their highest potential, as heights of thought are reached with almost instantaneous bursts of advance, the example of emergent Greek tragedy being one of the most remarkable examples. We see a clear instance of the factor of eonic determination. 


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