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                  DAVID LOYE *** EARLY BOOKS

The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution (SUNY Press, 2004). Developed and edited by David Loye, with foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and chapters by ten other members of The General Evolution Research Group. Based on Loye’s recovery and startling reconstruction of Darwin’s “lost theory” and its implications for humanity in the 21st century, other Darwin books being readied for publication include Darwin’s Unfolding Revolution and Darwin in Love. Publication of these books follows publication of parts earlier in World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, Zygon, Advanced Development, Brain and Mind, Pluriverso, The Journal of Futures Studies, the Annual Proceedings of the International Society for Systems Sciences, and other publications in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

The Healing of a Nation (Norton, 1971; Delta, 1972; iUniverse, 1998) is a national award-winning book on the history, psychology, and sociology of race relations in America. It received the Anisfield-Wolfe Award for the best scholarly book on race relations in 1971, previously awarded to Gunnar Myrdal for An American Dilemma.
The Leadership Passion (Jossey-Bass, 1977: iUniverse, 1998) is a pioneering development of a systems psychology of liberals and conservatives and the dynamics of politics. “A major advance in its field”: Contemporary Psychology

The Knowable Future (Wiley, 1978; iUniverse, 1998) is an exploration of the field of futures studies and the development of the Ideological Matrix Prediction (or IMP) method of predicting the future.


The Sphinx and the Rainbow (Shambhala New Science Library, 1982; Bantam Books, 1984; with German, Japanese, Italian, and Portuguese editions); iUniverse, 1998) expands Loye’s prediction studies into brain research and development of a holographic brain-mind theory for futures prediction.

“An early look at what will undoubtedly be one of the great advances in the history of science,” Willis Harman.

“An utterly fascinating and original book. Mindstretching and exciting,” Ashley Montagu


The Partnership Way , co-authored with Riane Eisler (Harper San Francisco, 1990; Holistic Education Press, 1997) is a workbook and action guide for applying the cultural transformation theory Eisler outlines in The Chalice and the Blade and other books to educational, social, economic, and political action.

The Evolutionary Outrider: The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution (Adamantine, Praeger, 1998), a book of essays honoring Ervin Laszlo edited by Loye, includes chapters by Karl Pribram, Fritjof Capra, Hazel Henderson, Riane Eisler, Ralph Abraham, Alfonso Montuori, Ervin Laszlo, Loye and others on the human impact on evolution

An Arrow Through Chaos (Park Street Press, 2000) applies pioneering work by Loye to show we have a far greater capacity for both predicting and shaping the future than present chaos theory allows. “David Loye is one of those exceptional scientists who can see beyond the confines of his specialty. Not only can Loye see the larger picture, he can see it exceptionally clearly, with an almost innate ability to distinguish the significant from the superficial, the truly meaningful from the merely fashionable. . . . I had heard of books that are ‘unputdownable’ before, but this was my first actual encounter with one.” Ervin Laszlo.

Darwin's Lost Theory: Who We Really Are and Where We're Going. (Benjamin Franklin Press, 2007).  This is the considerably updated and improved replacement for Loye's earlier Darwin's Lost Theory of Love.  See  the following endorsements byleading scientists and educators for enthusiastic descriptions of the content and global importance for this truly revolutionary book, third in Loye's six book Darwin Anniversary Cycle including Bankrolling Evolution, Measuring Evolution, and Darwin on Love.

What the Experts Say About Darwin's Lost Theory

“Once in a decade or more a special book comes along, of urgent importance to the intellectual discourse of the time: Darwin, Freud, Jantsch, Lovelock. David Loye’s Darwin’s Lost Theory is this special. It represents the culmination of the Chaos Revolution, and the critical application of General Evolution Theory. It corrects an oversight in the history of science which has swerved the modern world off its track. It provides the key to the reintegration of the sciences: physical, biological, and social. It can be the spark to jumpstart the social sciences to a new golden age of relevance to popular culture, by clearly showing how evolution theory bears on the survival of our species and our biosphere. In this work Loye has brought his unique erudition to an enormous and critical task, and carried it off with genius. We urgently need this book, and we need it now.”

Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos theorist, author of Chaos, Gaia, and Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History, Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior, and The WEB Empowerment Book, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Santa Cruz.

“David Loye’s rediscovery of the ‘real’ Darwin rehabilitates one of the most cited yet also most misunderstood scientists of all times: Darwin the visionary, the moral thinker, not the mechanistic random-evolutionist as his followers have it. For this rediscovery not only biologists, and not only all natural and social scientists, but everyone concerned with our understanding of evolution on this planet owes Loye a deep debt of gratitude.”

Ervin Laszlo, founder of the General Evolution Research Group and the Club of Budapest, Editor of World Futures:The Journal of General Evolution, former Director of Research for the United Nations Research and Development Program, author of Evolution: The General Theory, The Whispering Pond, Macroshift, and over 30 other books on evolution and systems science.

“The idea that Charles Darwin himself believed that the final climb to human civilization required the enactment of a principle of moral conduct far above the “selfish gene” concept so prevalent in today’s popular accounts comes as a surprise. But the fact that he argued at length and with passion for the recognition of this principle, along the way anticipating scientific concepts from far beyond his time, and further that this work has been utterly disregarded by the official keepers of evolutionary theory ever since, boggles the mind. . . . Loye treats us to a scientific mystery story of the first order. Taking us back to the final years of Darwin’s life, in his home at Down and during the summer of 1868 at his Freshwater cottage on the Isle of Wight, where he struggled to find expression for the thoughts that would form the core of The Descent of Man, Loye leads us with sure steps through Darwin’s emerging work, and through the Great Invisible Book that lies within, unfolding its vast implications and leaving no doubt that Darwin’s long ignored plea for a larger vision of human nature is still relevant in the modern world and more desperately needed than ever . . . an immensely important book with an engaging and easy style that will recommend it to readers of all backgrounds and interests.”

Allan Combs, psychologist and evolution theorist, author of The Radiance of Being and The Enchanted Loom, psychology department, University of North Carolina in Asheville, and Saybrook Institute.

“This is the most exciting, most revealing book on Darwin I have ever read. More than any other, it has restored the full grandeur to Darwin’s thesis as it evolved, as living beings evolved, from the survival of the fittest, through altruistic acts in social communities to the final affirmation of a desire for good, more compelling even, than our desire for self-preservation.”

Mae Wan Ho, biophysicist and evolution theorist, author of The Worm and the Rainbow, Genetic Engineering, and editor, Beyond Neo-Darwinism: The New Evolutionary Paradigm, biology department, The Open University, London

“David Loye passionately calls our attention to a part of Darwin’s work that not only significantly modifies his construction of natural selection, but does so more prominently in The Descent of Man than many other modifications scattered throughout his vast writings. Even a number of neoDarwinians are now getting ready to accept some version of what Loye identifies as Darwin’s discovery of ‘organic choice,’ usually under the label of ‘self-organizing processes.’”

Stanley Salthe, biologist and evolution theorist, author of Development and Evolution and Evolving Hierarchical Systems, Professor Emeritus, biology department, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

“This book is a block-buster and an old paradigm smasher! I read it with a deep sense of its importance in counter-balancing the biological reductionist myopia about our possible future and the evolution of our moral sentiments. Congratulations!”

Hazel Henderson, economics theorist and futurist, author of Building a Win-Win World, The Politics of the Solar Age, Paradigms for Progress, and Creating Alternative Futures.

“At the end of ten years studying the application of chaos and other new theories to human evolution and researching the moral studies of the founding fathers of social science, David Loye unearthed a major scientific treasure: Darwin’s ‘hidden’ theory of moral choice. Carefully piecing together fragments scattered in The Descent of Man and in Darwin’s other writings, Loye reconstructs the ‘hidden’ theory and shows that Darwin believed that love, rather than the “selfish gene”, is the prime mover in human evolution. Loye’s book offers an unparalleled portrait of Darwin the social scientist, both in the range and originality of Darwin’s thinking in what later became the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and systems science. Loye’s book will cause a revolution in social theory as diverse fields such as human ecology, urban studies, population dynamics, collective organization, and the study of culture and moral order are rethought and recast in the light of Darwin’s moral theory. Darwin’s Lost Theory is absolutely essential reading for every social scientist.”

Raymond Trevor Bradley, sociologist, Director, Institute for Whole Social Science, Carmel, CA, Associate Research Professor, BRAINS Center, Radford University, Radford, VA, author Charisma and Social Structure: A Study of Love and Power, Wholeness and Transformation.

“One of the central difficulties in modern biology is how to account for the origin of those human features we are inclined to consider superior, traits such as morality, ethics, rationality, self-consciousness, and spiritual experiences. The difficulty is that they must have arisen in evolution from a manner of living that did not contain them. Darwin’s Lost Theory shows that Darwin saw this, and that his vision of a detailed answer to the question in terms of human emotional and cognitive development beyond the basic operation of natural selection has not been acknowledged. It is important that this part of Darwin’s writing be recovered, as Loye does very clearly and in a compelling manner in this book. Darwin’s Lost Theory also provides important insights into the cognitive processes of Darwin himself and the history of biological thinking.”

Humberto R. Maturana, professor, Department of Biology, The University of Chile, developer of the concept and theory of autopoiesis, author (with Francisco Varela) of Autopoiesis and Cognition and The Tree of Knowledge, and (with G. Verden-Zoller) of Amore e Gioco and other books in Italian, German, and Spanish.

“Loye grips the reader’s imagination somewhat as if glued to watching him put together a giant jig-saw puzzle showing the whole sweep of evolution in the light of both former and recent thinking. I have been particularly fascinated by Loye’s discovery of the connection between Darwin’s projection of the evolutionary development of the moral sense and my own brain research. In the notebook of 1838 Darwin asked himself, ‘May not moral sense arise from . . . our strong sexual, parental, and social instincts?’ This is point for point what I found 100 years later in my own extensive exploration of the primate brain in regard to primal sex-related functions. I had summed up these findings by saying that ‘in the complex organization of the [evolutionarily] old and new structures under consideration, we presumably have a neural ladder, a visionary ladder, for ascending from the most primitive sexual feeling to the highest level of altruistic sentiments.’ I am very impressed with how Loye shows that Darwin expanded this core insight into the full theory so long overlooked in The Descent of Man.”

Paul D.MacLean, M.D., Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health, evolutionary brain theorist, author of The Triune Brain in Evolution.

“Loye’s book makes an important contribution to illuminating the real bases of human social behavior. The complexity of our mental and emotional dynamical system argues against attempts to account for all human social customs and structures in terms of theories of the ‘selfish gene’ or ‘sociobiology’ variety. Since selfish gene theories are often linked to Charles Darwin, it is exciting to see a psychological theorist of Loye’s quality and productivity argue that Darwin’s own viewpoint was not that of the selfish gene theorists. Loye gets us into the heart of Darwin’s words and shows that when it came to human evolution at least, love and connectedness were regarded not as anomalies but as intricately related to the entire evolutionary process. Altruism has for too long been explained away as just a devious form of selfishness, if not of one’s own body then of one’s genes. So have other common activities that make us human, such as the arts, religion, and creativity. Sexuality has been assumed to be motivated solely by reproductive needs, and its pleasurable and bonding aspects discounted, whereas Loye shows that Darwin saw sexual evolution as the primary basis of bonding and love in many animal species including our own. . . . Loye’s book will stimulate a dialogue that has hitherto been lacking, particularly in academia. Discussion of love, partnership, and concerns for the larger society has been largely absent from professional discussion of behavioral biology, and sometimes those who bring up such issues have been subject to professional ridicule. Recognition of some major recent results, from experimental psychology, neuroscience, and the mathematics of dynamical systems and chaos, have improved the dialogue somewhat. Yet this would be the first widely read book for a general educated audience that lays out the claims for a partnership-based approach to evolutionary and behavioral biology and ties such an approach to the originator of natural selection himself!. . . Darwin’s Lost Theory will fill an important gap. It will be a widely read and controversial book by an experienced and thoughtful author with style and flair. I expect it will become one of the major books of the early Twenty-First Century.”

Daniel S. Levine, theoretical psychologist and neural network theorist, author of Introduction to Neural and Cognitive Modeling and (forthcoming) Common Sense and Common Nonsense, psychology department, University of Texas at Arlington.

“Loye’s thesis is nothing less than revolutionary. In a carefully researched and beautifully written work, he dramatically changes our understanding of Darwin and of evolution itself.”

Alfonso Montuori, Chair of Graduate Studies, School for Consciousness and Transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies, Associate Editor, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and author of Evolutionary Competence.

Making It in the Dream Factory (forthcoming from Hampton Press) is a 20 year systems study and hard-hitting critique of the making, marketing, and impact of movies and television programs on the American and global mind.

  Besides many articles in magazines and journals, Loye is a contributor of chapters in many books edited by scientists and other scholars. These include chapters in:

 With the late Milton Rokeach, The International Encylopedia of Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977).

The World Encyclopedia of Peace (Pergamon Press, 1986).

Writing on the concept of evil, in The Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict Resolution (Academic Press, 1999).

Creating a Global Agenda (World Future Society, 1984).

Hemispheric Specialization (W.B.Saunders, 1988).

The New Evolutionary Paradigm (Gordon and Breach, 1991).

Cooperation (Gordon and Breach, 1992)

We Two (Acquarian, 1992).

The Evolution of Cognitive Maps (Gordon and Breach, 1993).

Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow (Quest Books, 1993).

Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences (Lawrence Erlebaum, 1995)

Unusual Associates: A Festshrift for Frank Barron (Hampton Press, 1996).

Race and Other Misadventures: Essays in Honor of Ashley Montagu in his Ninetieth Year (General Hall, 1996).

Physis: Abitare La Terra (Feltrinelli, 1998).

Social Creativity (Hampton Press, 1999).

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