Category Archives: Sketches in Historical Theory

Periodization in World History

Periodization in World History:  A Look at the Eonic Effect http://darwiniana.com/2011/06/09/an-exercise-for-buddhists-following-the-eonic-effect-i-e-an-evolutionaryhistorical-periodization/  ********** 06.09.11  An exercise for buddhists: following the ‘eonic effect’ (i.e. an evolutionary/historical periodization)  Posted in General at 12:07 pm by nemo Climbing Mt. Improbable: The Eonic Effect.  Buddhists, … Continue reading

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A Look at Pattern and Contingency in History

A Look at Contingency (and Patterns of History) “Free Agency” doesn’t occur in a vacuum as we all well know.  But what, besides the large-scale dynamic of world history itself and smaller-scale individual actions actually goes into it? David Christian’s … Continue reading

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A Critique of Freedom, Free Will, and Soul

Analytics of History:  A Critique of Freedom, Free Will, and Soul http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/28/assumptions-of-freedom-are-reflected-in-the-data-of-world-history/ http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/28/the-onset-of-human-nature/ FREEDOM, FREE WILL, & SOUL – They’re not completely bad as concepts, but their utility as analytical terms is up for debate.  The dilemma is, this value-based … Continue reading

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Foundations of History

Structures in the Foundation of History http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/19/civilization-and-evolution/ http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/19/civiliztion-and-teleology/ http://darwiniana.com/2011/05/19/rise-of-the-neolithic/ These three pieces from Darwiniana.com require some attention. They all illustrate issues, it appears to me, that need to be dealt with in order to better traverse the terrain of “History” … Continue reading

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History and the Mechanism of Collective Learning

  Historical Evolution and the Mechanism of Collective Learning ******** http://www.bighistoryproject.com/Big-History/Themes http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/units/two/landscape/02_landscape1.pdf http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/whc/3.1/christian.html http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/benjamin.html http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/6.3/christian.html  ******** “Collective learning means sharing what you have learned with others so that the knowledge available to everyone increases over time … [It] explains why … Continue reading

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Glimpses into Big History

  Glimpses into the Scope and Manner of Big History David Christian has his Big History time-lines up on the Big History Project website. You can access them at http://www.bighistoryproject.com/The-Latest-Word/Download-Print-Big-History-Timelines. As I’ve told people in the past, I’m a big … Continue reading

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Universalist History

The Problem of Universalist History Universal histories are fine; there’s nothing wrong with them. But when universal histories are morphed into “universalist” ones, that’s where we’ve got to be careful. Universal histories are the realm of the philosophers and theorists … Continue reading

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