live by story – and the story we are living by is driving
our species toward extinction.”
other words, the lives of all of us today are shaped by a
theory of evolution
. . which in turn embeds within
us the belief that human evolution is
driven by selfishness and survival
of the fittest
. . which in turn
drives war, the exploitation of others,
corruption, and the environmental trashing of
Great Adventure course in evolution studies is designed to help
build the new fully human theory of evolution that opens
the way to the better future.
the inexpensive new SUNY Press book The Great Adventure:
Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution as a text,
you learn by becoming the principal investigator of your own self-selected
At the same time you are working with and learning from others elsewhere
around the world.
And instead of just another test at the end of the term, your work,
and their work, goes into the archives for updating and expanding
the new full spectrum, action-oriented theory and story
of human evolution that our times requires.
Through the Great Adventure courses, within a single term of study
you can begin to contribute to the new higher evolutionary
grounding for all of us and for the field that most interests you
for career or avocation.
Gains, the World’s Gains!
a course of this kind? What can you and the world gain from it?
The Great Adventure course in new evolution studies is designed
to give you -- as a student or teacher
-- a significant role in helping to update and expand the theory
and story of human evolution
Worldwide -- for here's the situation -- our species confronts the
rocket speed challenges of the 21st century with an evolutionary
road map suitable for horse and buggy days.
The scientific tree of evolution for the 20th century,
for example, looked something like this.
down there below the "brain" level and you can see this
"tree" had big fat roots in the three basic
levels for science of physics, chemistry, and biology. But
everything above ground -- in the world of social science,
the humanities, and human evolution -- was
starved for lack of a connection to the full spectrum, fully human
reality of evolution.
is the full spectrum, fully human reality of evolution as
opposed to the disastrous reduction to the bottom three levels for
prevailing 20th century theory?
are the 15 levels for evolution identified
in The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of
Unfolding of Evolution:
A Full-Spectrum, Action-Oriented Model
upward from the bottom to the top, here you can see the difference
between the overwhelming focus for the 20th century on the science
and story of evolution below the brain line
and everything above the line involved
in the great adventure of human evolution.
As you can see, above the brain line are practically all the fields
of study, of career interests, of occupation -- in short, of living
-- that actually explore the potential and and worldwide shape the
lives of our species.
Brain research. Psychology. History, philosophy and anthropology.
Sociology. Economics. Political science. Technology. Education.
Studies of ethics, moral development, and spirituality. Evolutionary
systems science, management science, and the study of consciousness.
At the top most important of all is ACTION
to put our understanding of the multi-level evolutionary systems
reality of our lives to work to build the better future and the
even as we enter the 21st century, all these basic
activities and basic fields for life at
our species level are still dangling out there with little or no
connection to each other or to mainstream evolution theory -- and
thus to clear paths for action.
other words, at present the "road map" to the better future
is a tangle in which again and again every good idea, cause, movement,
or thrust in common toward the better future bogs down in the
maze of poorly marked detours or dead ends of an inadequate understanding
of evolution. This inadequate understanding is
locked in place with the disastrous half-truth of an inadequate
evolution theory made to order for the exploitation rather than
the liberation of our species.
the urgent need for the development of the full spectrum, action-oriented,
or fully human, theory of evolution that the Great Adventure Courses
in Evolution Studies are designed to help build.
Toward the Better World!
your primary interest, major, or money-making career goal is in
any of these or other fields of study above the brain line, the
Great Adventure Course in Evolution Studies offers you an exciting
chance to go where no one has gone before.
By offering students a choice of self-directed study in the
field of their greatest personal or career interest
. .which will feed results into the data base for building
the better theory
Great Adventure course provides
a way both students and teachers can gain a new understanding
of evolution useful to themselves, to their career and
. . which in turn will advance science
and society more generally.
globally linking the education of new generations of teachers and
students to the building of a theory and story of who we really
are and can become, The Great Adventure
project is designed to year by year, step by step, give us the full
spectrum, fully human tree of evolution and everyday
life that our poor, battered species and all life on
this rare and endangered planet has been seeking for 100,000
Open Letter to Teachers, Students, and Schools
the impact of Pestalozzi and Montessori to the vision of John Dewey,
Jean Piaget, and in our time Nel Noddings and Ron Miller, behind
the best of schools lies the understanding of these and scores of
other great educators of the role of education in rising above adversity
to drive human evolution ahead.
ever a time needed a courageous new thrust of this vision, this
as a student, as a teacher, as a school administrator, influential
faculty or department head, are uniquely placed to fill this role
of such crucial importance to the future for our species.
matter where you are located on this planet, you can join and contribute
to this historic project. Here is all it takes:
this website and purchase and read enough of The
Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution to
gain a sure sense of whether this is a project you would like to
be engaged in.
course is designed for both the expert and the non-expert
but the chief qualification for teachers is not an experts
knowledge of evolution theory, which is riddled with problems.
Being in the throes of transition from the old to a new paradigm,
as the book The Great Adventure brings to
life, the field is in an intellectual turmoil beyond the capacity
for any expert presently to comprehend in detail.
this stage, the most important qualification for teachers is strong
interest in the subject of evolution, and training and teaching
experience in one of the fields including and above the brain line
presently badly in need of grounding in the emergent onsensual
sketch for a new full spectrum, action-oriented, or fully human,
Most vital at this point is for teachers to initially work together
to establish the new updated and expanded grounding level of understanding
described in the Course Outlines in The Great Adventure
present there is little to motivate most students to take a course
in what has become identified as an exotic subject mired in rcane
complexities with little connection to anything else of meaning
and of no use whatsoever in getting a job. Reading carefully
you will see how these basic course outlines, by appealing
to the bedrock necessity and practicality of students' career motivations,
have been carefully designed to recruit the best of students to
this new venture so vital for the future of our species.
working together to establish this new basic curricula in common
for both teachers and students you will, in turn, help create the
globally expanding new community of students -- or highly interested
student pool -- for the wide variety of courses in more advanced
evolution studies you may create once
the new basic introductory courses are launched and well underway.
the Course Outlines in The Great Adventure
appendix, this becomes for the teacher a co-learning experience
in which you are the guide, facilitator, and evaluator.
Propose and discuss prospects for this course with yourself as teacher
to a school with an investment in distance learning or pertinent
on campus studies. This step is crucial both for gaining students
and the responsible administration (e.g., collecting fees, dispersing
remuneration, and potential crediting) that only an established
school or other firmly established educational institution can offer.
evaluating proposals for this course from prospective teachers,
the above steps for prospective teacher self-evaluation will also
provide useful guidelines for you.
In evaluating the educational validity of The
Great Adventure course, the following segments of
this website should prove most useful:
About the Darwin Project, including the stature,
bios, and affiliations of The Darwin Project Council and
The Center for Partnership Studies.
The Great Adventure, including descriptions
of The Great Adventure: The Book; Distance Learning and On Campus
Courses; Building the Fully Human Theory; Action Book Discussion
Groups; and Telling the New Story.
General Evolution Research Group, including
multinational and multidisciplinary membership and brief history
outlining origining goals and historic importance.
evaluating the market for The Great Adventure Course,
look at the grim news that bombards us daily and think of the yearning
among the best of your students to reconnect with the great stream
of human hope and aspiration.
live once again with a sense of a significant role within a meaningful
This is the journey to which The Great Adventure Course
can open the door, binding together all departments, all majors,
in a new sense of community and the shared venture toward the