the book for everybody tired of teaching. . . having to
learn. . .or having to live in the disaster of the belief that that our lives are just one more bloody chapter
for survival of the fittest and selfish
. . .the themes introduced by the authors are likely to be among the central ones of any new world-view. . .David Loyes central insight, which motivates this book, is in my opinion right on the money. The organizing principle of the new faitha faith of human beings about human beingsis evolution itself. Not the traditionally taught evolutionary scenario dominated by competition and selfishness, but an understanding closer to the original Darwinian one that sees cooperation and transcendence of the self as the most exciting parts of the story. from the Foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution
has been published by the second largest university press
in America State University of New York, or SUNY Press
to properly launch progressive
science for the 21st century.
Ranging from the
physics of global interconnection and the biology of love
through brain research, psychology and all the rest of social
science into moral and spiritual evolution and evolutionary
ACTION, chapters by members of the multinational and multidisciplinary
General Evolution Research Group explore the fifteen
levels of liberating potential that progressive science reveals
for the evolution of our species.
Written for a general
as well as a scholarly readership, The Great Adventure
is also designed to serve as the textbook for The
Great Adventure: Distance Learning and On Campus Courses in
New Evolution Studies.
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a Fully Human Theory of Evolution
David Loye, editor
Foreword by Mihaly
to achieve the dream of the great spiritual and scientific visionaries,
an international and multidisciplinary group of advanced evolution
theorists explores how a new morally-sensitive and action-oriented
theory of human evolution can help guide our species through troubled
times to reach a higher plateau for humanity. The Great
Adventure probes how chaos and complexity theories,
new brain research, studies of child development, new theories of
creativity and consciousness, and other neglected social and systems
science discoveries cumulate to reveal a new full-spectrum, action-oriented
theory. In addition to describing how to build such a theory, and
course outlines for new internet distance learning studies, the
book outlines how a new working partnership between psychologists
and evolutionary system scientists can meet a pivotal challenge
for the 21st century.
include General Evolution Research Group members Ervin Laszlo, founder,
and Ken Bausch, Raymond Bradley, Allan Combs, Alexander Christakis,
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Riane Eisler, Sally Goerner, David Loye,
Alfonso Montuori, Ruth Richards, and Stanley Salthe
Loye is a co-founder of The General Evolution Research Group
and Vice President of the Center for Partnership Studies. Among
his books are the award-winning The Healing of a Nation;
The Leadership Passion; The Knowable Future; The
Sphinx and the Rainbow; and An Arrow Through Chaos.
volume in the SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
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and the Fully Human Theory of Evolution
EVOLUTIONARY BASE IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY
and Mind: The New Holism and the Greater Humanity
and Beyond Biology: The Natural Path to the Future
CULTURAL BASE IN THE BRAIN AND SYSTEMS OF LOVE VS. DOMINATION
A Multinlinear Theory
of Cultural Evolution: Genes, Culture, and Technology
Love, Power, Brain, Mind,
HIGHER REACHES OF CREATIVITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS
and the Building of an Integral World
Technology to Liberate
Rather than Imprison Consciousness
Bausch and Alexander Christakis
and the Direction for Human Development
Montuori, Allan Combs, and Ruth Richards
DARWINIAN END GAME
|What Should It Look
Like? Foundations and Guidelines for the Fully Human Theory,
A Summary of Chapters One through Seven
|How Do We Build It?
Of Systems Science, Psychology, Students, Teachers, and the
Destruction or Liberation of Humanity
| A. Course Outlines and Teacher Training for
The Great Adventure
|B. Guide to Books on Darwin and Evolution
|C. A Brief History of the General Evolution
|D. The Darwin Project
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UPDATE FOR EVOLUTION OFFERS
NEW HOPE FOR OUR SPECIES
Are we going backward
or forward in evolution?
Along with terrorists
and right wing politics is an outdated PseudoDarwinian paradigm
for science driving our species toward extinction?
Can expanding and updating
a horse and buggy theory of human evolution to meet the rocket speed
needs of the 21st century help end environmental devastation, wars,
terrorism, nuclear overkill, and put us back on track toward the
These questions are explored
in a new book being published by the State University Press of New
York (SUNY Press), second largest in the U.S. Titled The
Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution,
the book is the result of a collaboration of eleven members of The
General Evolution Research Group, or GERG, an advanced research
group composed of European and Asian as well as U.S. scientists.
and Fifteen Levels for Human Evolution
Hailed in the Foreword by internationally
known psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for themes “likely
to be among the central ones of any new world-view,” instead
of the traditional scientific and popular focus only on cosmic and
biological evolution The Great Adventure
explores 15 levels for the “tree” of human evolution.
In addition to our “roots” in cosmic, chemical, and
biological evolution, the book probes the evolution of the brain
as the “trunk” for the tree branching out and flowering
into cultural, social, political, economic, educational, and technological
evolution at the human level.
Going still further, The
Great Adventure explores the 21st century urgency
for radically accelerating moral evolution, and the need for a new
bridge between progressive science, progressive philosophy, and
progressive religion in defining and exploring what constitutes
At the top for the 15 levels
is the pressing question of evolutionary action—
or how do we advance rather than lag disastrously behind or even
go backward in human evolution.
Discovery of Darwin’s Lost Theory
A startling feature of the book is
the report of its editor and GERG co-founder, psychologist and systems
scientist David Loye, of the discovery of a lost completion for
Darwin’s theory of evolution. In long ignored but basic writings,
Darwin anticipates the humanistic psychology of Abraham Maslow,
the biology of love, even chaos theory and many other comparatively
recent but similarly ignored discoveries of brain research, psychology,
and nonlinear systems science.
As Loye notes in an introductory
chapter, in The Descent of Man Darwin
writes only twice of “survival of the fittest.” But
wholly contrary to the emphasis for science, all levels of education,
and the media throughout the 20th century, in Descent
Darwin writes 95 times of love and 92 times of moral
sensitivity as prime drivers for evolution at our species level.
The Darwin Project
To shift the emphasis in science,
education, and the media away from fixation on the “first
half” Darwinism of “survival of the fittest” and
selfishness to the new prosocial or humanistic completion for Darwin’s
“top” or “better half,” a new organization
with a Council composed of 50 leading American, European, and Asian
scientists and educators has been formed.
Among Council members for The
Darwin Project are two of the world’s greatest living brain
scientists, Paul McLean and Karl Pribram; internationally known
scientists Ervin Laszlo, founder of The General Evolution Research
Group, psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Stanley Krippner,
chaos theorist Ralph Abraham, cultural historian Riane Eisler; leading
progressive educators Nel Noddings, Ron Miller, and David Scott;
and Hans Kung, developer of the Global Ethic endorsed by 100 leaders
of the world’s religions during the World Parliament of Religions.
Distance Learning Courses and Website
Using The Great
Adventure as a text book and for general readership,
The Darwin Project plans to launch distance learning and on campus
courses in new evolution studies aimed at building the “full
spectrum, action-oriented,” or fully human theory of evolution
the book outlines. To globally interlink everyone interested in
the hopeful new prospects for Darwin’s lost theory and advanced
modern scientific studies that affirm and expand it, a new website
(www.thedarwinproject.com) is being launched by The Darwin Project.
In addition to free downloads
of sample chapters of The Great Adventure
and other books, www.thedarwinproject.com will provide full information
on the new distance learning and on campus evolution studies, a
library and book store, and links to other websites, organizations
and publications actively working to re-open the way to a better
future and build a better world.
From the Foreword by
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “...the themes introduced by the
authors are likely to be among the central ones of any new world-view.
. . David Loye’s central insight, which motivates this book,
is in my opinion right on the money. The organizing principle
of the new faith—a faith of human beings about human beings—is
evolution itself. Not the traditionally taught evolutionary
scenario dominated by competition and selfishness, but an understanding
closer to the original Darwinian one that sees cooperation and transcendence
of the self as the most exciting parts of the story.”
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