There is a considerable amount of commentary on The Great Transformation at Darwiniana.com Some Links to blog entries on Axial Age and Armstrong's new book at that blog _Karen Armstrong on Axial Age_ (http://darwiniana.com/2005/11/20/karen-armstrong-on-axial-age/) 20 Nov 2005 by nemo What is Enlightenment? magazine, issue 31, has an article on Karen Armstrong and the supposed ‘Second Axial Age’. Text is listed below, after my commentary. This page updates a post from a few days ago, and is also available at ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _Second Axial again_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/04/03/second-axial-again/) 3 Apr 2006 by nemo Because of the parallels with the Axial Age, Armstrong believes, it’s highly possible that the world is at another religious turning point. “In every single case, the catalyst of major religious change was revulsion from warfare and ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _Gearing up for the Armstrong mess_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/03/02/gearing-up-for-the-armstrong-mess/) 2 Mar 2006 by nemo I have been waiting for Karen Armstrong’s new book The Great Transformation on the Axial Age. Based on her previous remarks in earlier books, with a short version in The History of Myth, the result is going to make a complete mess of ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _Armstrong’s crypto-fundamentalism?_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/03/02/armstrongs-crypto-fundamentalism/) 2 Mar 2006 by nemo We are presently in the Second Axial Age according to religious scholar, Karen Armstrong. In her book, The Battle for God, Armstrong says the Second Axial Age began in the early 20th century– a time when “people were trying to find new ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _Axial/Armstrong links_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/04/03/axialarmstrong-links/) 3 Apr 2006 by nemo I have collected together the links on this blog on the Axial Age/Karen Armstrong question. _Armstrong and Dalai Lama_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/04/17/armstrong-atheist/) 17 Apr 2006 by nemo Sorry to keep harping on Armstrong, but she has wrecked the question of the Axial Age. Karl Jaspers’ book isn’t even in print. My careful periodization structure to examine and approach its complex study, because it challenges Darwin, ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _No Second Axial Age_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/01/31/no-second-axial-age/) 31 Jan 2006 by nemo I got an email from someone who had read an amazon review of mine on Armstrong’s Battle For God. I had forgotten that I had reviewed it, but went to look, see below. Armstrong’s idea of a second Axial Age doesn’t quite add up, ... (http://darwiniana.com/) _Axial Age and Eonic Model_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/04/15/axial-age-and-eonic-model/) 15 Apr 2006 by nemo A review of Armstrong’s The Great Transformation almost gets the point, and sees where she has gone wrong by smearing out the Axial data backwards and forwards. Then the reviewer derails with some speculations about the Ice Age. ... _Axial Synchronism_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/04/18/axial-synchronism/) 18 Apr 2006 by nemo Armstrong in The Great Transformation completely distorts the issue of the ... Armstrong gets confused by the claims now that Zoroaster is much earlier and that Lao ... Then it becomes clear that the question of the Axial Age is that of ... _More ‘Second Axial Age’ confusion_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/02/16/more-second-axial-age-confusion/) 16 Feb 2006 by nemo In another version, Karen Armstrong has proposed a second Axial Age as some kind of postmodern restoration of religion. It is all confusion. There is no second ‘Axial Age’, unless by that we mean the rise of modernity itself. ... _Voodoo Scholarship_ (http://darwiniana.com/2005/11/27/voodoo-scholarship/) 26 Nov 2005 by nemo What is Enlightenment? magazine, issue 31, has an article on Karen Armstrong and the supposed ‘Second Axial Age’. See post from a few days ago: Armstrong on Axial Age. The issue of the magazine in question raises a sore point: these ... _More on Armstrong’s Axial Age_ (http://darwiniana.com/2005/11/22/armstrong-and-axial-age/) 22 Nov 2005 by nemo Googling Karen Armstrong’s views on a so-called ‘Second Axial Age’ I find a number of seminars on the subject, with this from a conference of the Jesus Seminar. Who should we find present here but Eugenie Scott! Hey wait a minute! ... _Dennett’s book is out_ (http://darwiniana.com/2006/02/02/dennetts-book-is-out/) 2 Feb 2006 by nemo I am not ready to comment on Dennett’s text yet, although I forewarned in an earlier post that I was ’sharpening my claws’, also for Karen Armstrong’s new book on Axial Age. Actually, I expressed the hope of being pleasantly surprised ... _Armstrong on Myth_ (http://darwiniana.com/2005/12/11/armstrong-on-myth/) 11 Dec 2005 by nemo The periodization of the book focuses on the data of the Axial Age, which the author threatens to turn into another myth. Armstrong’s treatment of this subject has made it into a proxy for the onset of the world reiligions, ... _Second Axial Age??_ (http://darwiniana.com/2005/11/17/second-axial-age/) 16 Nov 2005 by nemo What is Enlightenment? magazine, issue 31, has an article on Karen Armstrong and the supposed ‘Second Axial Age’. Unfortunately it is not online. The use of the term ‘Axial Age’ has suffered confusion, and has degenerated in some ... John Landon [log in to unmask] [log in to unmask] Site for World History And The Eonic Effect Second Edition_ http://history-and-evolution.com_ (http://history-and-evolution.com/) Darwiniana: An Evolution Blog_ http://darwiniana.com_ (http://darwiniana.com/) _______________ 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 completely. 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.