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Aug 15, 2008 04:58 AM
by John Landon

Darwiniana-The Evolution Blog
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

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...
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
Author of
World History 
And The Eonic Effect
Civilization, Darwinism 
And Theories of Evolution
Third Edition Now Available
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