International tension was
mounting during the Cold War. Nuclear overkill was building on both
sides. The fear was mounting globally that our species was about
to wipe itself out. Into Budapest for a secret meeting behind the
Iron Curtain fly a handful of concerned scientists.
the West they came from the U.S., England, Italy, and Finland. From
the East came the massive, black-bearded Director of the Soviet
Unions leading research institute. Already in place, as hosts
of the clandestine conference still imprisoned behind the
Curtain of barbed wire, watch towers, checkpoints, and heavily-armed
Russian soldiers and vicious guard dogs were the two Hungarians,
one the countrys leading biologist, the other his sidekick
and co-theorist, a young computer scientist.
the dim light of a small room within the dark labyrinth of the soot-blackened
and crumbling old Hungarian parliament building they met to discuss
the feasibility of a seemingly impossible but increasingly compelling
task. Convinced something had to be done about the survival
of the fittest Darwinian mindset driving both West and East
toward mutual destruction they have come together to discuss whether
the emergent new chaos theory may provide an answer.
Is it possible the new science of chaos theory
can be used to push through the escalating global chaos to a peaceful
new order on the other side? That is, can it be used to build a
new prosocial, action-oriented theory of human evolution that can
bring West and East together to use as a road map to help guide
our species through chaos to peace and the much better world?
So began the still almost wholly unknown saga
of The General Evolution Research Group, which over the final quarter
of the 20th century drew together 48 natural, social, and systems
scientists from 12 countries to discuss and try to build the full
spectrum, action-oriented, or fully human theory of evolution.
With photos and other graphics to make the people,
the times, and the great adventure of science at its most inspired
and hopeful come alive, their story of immense importance
for the students, teachers and scientists of the 21st century to
know of and understand will soon be told here.
Darwin's ship beached for repairs
is an old print of the ship on which the young Darwin made his famous
and fascinating voyage around the world, the H.M.S. Beagle. Drawn
by one of the artists who accompanied them to record the journey,
this shows the Beagle beached ashore for repairs near the town of
Santa Cruz in what was then the country of Patagonia, now Argentina,
before they journeyed on to Tahiti and Australia.
Were using the tiny beached Beagle
to symbolize sections of this website that are either still under
construction or project development. Your notes of interest and
encouragement also see Philanthropy, Darwin, and Human Evolution
re contributions will do much to help speed us along.
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