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Darwiniana-The Evolution Blog
_http://darwiniana.com_ ( 
The bottom line on the Darwin Debate
Announcing third edition of 

World History And The  Eonic Effect
Civilization,  Darwinism,
 And  Theories Of Evolution

Third Edition
_http://eonic-effect.net_ ( 

At a time when theories of evolution are  under renewed controversy, 
discussion is hampered by the remoteness of the  phenomenon of evolution, and the use 
of indirect inference to speculate about  deep time. Adherents of Darwinism 
often defend dogmatic versions of the  theory that have been questioned since 
the first reviewers of Origin of  Species. 

Now Darwinism is under siege from the Intelligent  Design movement, 
threatening the school system. The attempt to hijack the  debate using long discredited 
arguments by design tends to make Darwinists close  ranks around their flawed 
science. The debate is deadlocked by the rigidity of  both parties, evidence 
of fixed agendas, and metaphysical presumptions. A new  approach is needed. 
The study of history itself holds the clue if we can find  it.

We live in the first generations with enough historical data to  detect a 
pattern of Universal History. The discovery of this pattern, the Eonic  Effect, 
uncovers the evidence for a deep structure resembling punctuated  equilibrium 
in world history itself. The study of history and evolution together  shows us 
something we had missed and allows us to infer the existence of  non-random 
evolution in the emergence of man. Darwinian theory suffers from low  evidence 
density. The Eonic Effect is the only data we have at high evidence  density of 
evolution as a process in real time, and this transforms our views  

We see the real evolution of man as the Great Transition,  the human passage 
from evolution to history, in the chronicle of the once and  future Origin of 
the Species, Man.    
    *   From the  Preface Announcing the third revised edition of World 
History And  The Eonic Effect, the classic underground theoretical self-defense  
kit in relation to the Darwinian paradigm. The third edition is  almost a new 
book and the basic text has been extensively rewritten and  streamlined, even as 
the basic argument has remained the same. There is much  new material and it 
has been reorganized to show a more integrated structure,  with a few changes 
in the terminology of the eonic model. The basic model has  remained stable 
over three editions, and that leaves the author with increased  confidence in 
the method and demonstration. An exciting upgrade of the  basics of the eonic 
effect, and its new model of  history... _http://history-and-evolution.com_ 
    *   World History  And The Eonic Effect contains a radical demonstration 
of a non-random  pattern in world history. This pattern we call the 'eonic 
effect'. Such a  pattern is not supposed to exist, and yet we can clearly specify 
its outlines  and action over the course of five thousand years, with a 
definite suspicion  about earlier periods of man's emergence. This discovery of 
macro-historical  structure has implications for our views of the meaning of 
evolution and is a  consequence of the revolutionary discoveries of archaeology 
and the vast  increase of our knowledge of both world history and the earlier 
emergence of  man. For the first time we can survey a long enough interval of 
history to put  the idea of 'universal history' to a test, and the result is the 
uncovering of  a definite dynamic at work behind the emergence of 
civilization. The data  asks us to reconsider the relationship of evolution and history 
and demands a  new kind of simple model to analyze world history in terms of 
the different  levels at play. This two-level model elegantly resolves the 
paradox of the  transition from evolution to history in terms of the idea of an 
'evolution of  freedom'. The resulting model gives expression to the idea of  
'macroevolution', and also most unexpectedly gives meaning to the long  
conjectured idea of punctuated equilibrium. The text is comprehensive and  outlines 
everything needed to 'see' the eonic effect and to harmonize this  with issues of 
historical interpretation, historical theory, and questions of  ideology. The 
result can show us the limits of standard types of theory and  show the way 
to a new kind of theory. 

John  Landon
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Author of

World History 
And The Eonic Effect
Civilization, Darwinism 
And Theories of  Evolution
Third Edition Now Available
On The Web:  (  
_http://history-and-evolution.com_ (   
(     _http://eonic-effect.net_ 
(    _http://darwiniana.com_ ( 

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