WHEE: 3. Descent Of Man Revisited

3.1 Climbing Mt. Improbable: The Eonic Effect

Looking backward, world history shows the unexpected evidence of a non-random pattern, one that we should naturally call ‘evolution’. We simply assume the flow of world history follows random logic, conditioned as we are by Darwinism. Yet the rapid growth of archaeological knowledge since the nineteenth century is moving to falsify this assumption and has greatly expanded our views of the emergence of civilization and, significantly, crossed a threshold of five thousand years, the bare minimum interval, we are about to see, for grasping the logic of historical evolution. Such a non-random process is the clue to something going on at a deeper level. The pattern itself suggests a developmental sequence of self-organization at work, something that is ‘climbing Mt. Improbable’. Indeed, we should call this ‘evolution’. This ‘evolution’, on reflection, must be connected in some fashion to earlier stages of human evolution. A non-random pattern on this scale shows us something missing in Darwinian thinking and falls into the category of ‘evolution’, ‘evolution of some kind’, with a question, What is the meaning of evolution?
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History and Evolution, the blog: Introduction to the ‘eonic effect’

World History and the Eonic Effect: Civilization, Darwinism and Theories of Evolution (WHEE): this work also has multiple versions in hardback and Kindle available at Amazon.com
We will use this accessory site to explore the eonic effect, its model and its relation to the question of evolution. The subject arose with the publication of World History and the Eonic Effect, first published in 1999, but now following roughly the fourth edition. The material is on its way to a seventh and last edition, but this will follow the fourth very closely.
There is a large related literature which we will cite here but the key issues can be explored in relatively short versions, subject to the need to study world history in detail and in a balanced way. One key idea is the relationship of ‘history’ and ‘evolution’ and the way we can deduce the ‘eonic effect’ from a consideration of the way history emerges from evolution, speaking in formal terms.