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  • Rick Bonetti

Completing the Darwinian Revolution

In Charles Darwin's 1859 book On The Origin of Species, he poetically says "There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one..."

Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson pays homage to Darwin in his 2019 book This View of Life, and dares to elaborate on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's 100-year-old notion of Noosphere that envisions the emergence of a global consciousness and self-regulating superorganism called the Omega.

Wilson asserts that the Darwinian revolution won’t be truly complete until an "evolutionary worldview" is applied more broadly—to everything associated with the words “human,” “culture,” and “policy.”

Wilson uses the phrase "evolutionary worldview" more than "evolutionary theory" because a worldview can tell us how to act - "the Omega Point is not only a scientific possibility, but also one worth working toward." (p. 222)

An evolutionary worldview provides a "general explanatory framework that identifies why best practices work and how they can be spread across all domains of knowledge and policy applications." (p.230)

"An evolutionary worldview encompasses the length and breadth of human experience in addition to the biological sciences." p. 112) The first step in conscious evolution toward viewing the whole planet as a single organism is to challenge the current orthodoxy and adopt the right theory."

The book is aspirational "If we can become wise managers of evolutionary processes, we can solve the problems of our age at all scales—from the efficacy of our groups to our well-being as individuals to our stewardship of the planet Earth."

I strongly recommend you consider adopting this view of life.


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