One theory that complements Chaos theory is the theory of the Paradigm
Shift this happens when someone comes along with a new
theory that seems to fit the facts better than the old theory, ie with
Charles Darwin. (Pre Darwin 90% church goers, post Darwin less than
20%) The reason for chaos theory not having much effect on human
affairs yet, is that there is always a period of time, before new
theories are taken on by most of the people. These new theories seem
to propagate in an organic way almost like a tree setting its seed,
some seeds sprout and grow into trees that start spreading the same
Using the tree metaphor in an objective religious context, would
put the human creators of the five major religions, as to be the sowers
of very very special seeds.
In terms of the human species, the individual is the small
pattern, the human race is the large pattern and the system dynamic is
Many parallels can be drawn between the weather and our history.
This can be shown by the observation that England`s decline,
started with the arrival of the steam engine. Before the use of the
steam engine in sea going ships, the prevailing westerly winds blowing
from the Atlantic ocean, gave the English sailing ships a crucial
advantage, in competition with the sailing ships of other nations.
(England`s empire was built on trade)
The weather has played a role in shaping English history and in
doing so has shaped English collective evolution. There are many
examples of this, one example was the storm that sank the Spanish
This shows that the affairs of humanity are affected in non
predictable ways, also our definitions of linear order, do not fit the
events of history. When we look at the contemporary human world, we see
what we would call orderliness, there are straight lines everywhere,
buildings are square, all is trigonometry, everywhere nature has been
shaped and moulded to human ideas of order.
In human terms, nature could be said to be untidy, forests do not
plant themselves in straight lines, natural systems have a different
kind of order, to the consensus beliefs that contemporary human
organisations have. There is one area where natural order can be shown
to be far better than human order that is with waste. Human society
produces astronomical amounts of waste, buried in ever more holes in
One of the finest examples of natural order I know of, is the rain
forest, which is a fabulous interlocking relationship between many
different life forms, nothing at all is wasted. When our species in its
ignorance and greed allows rain forest to be chopped down, all we are
left with from some rain forests, is about an inch of infertile top
One area in our human species where natural order prevails, is our
collective evolution. (Or to put it another way, our history) With
a philosophy of top down hierarchical domination, which is often driven
by a personal desire for status, human beings have the idea that
everything is resolvable, predictable and tameable by the power of the
individual will, if this were a valid stratagem for humanity there
would be no pollution, no starvation and communism would have worked.
The same forces that create weather, affect our history. If a fast
flowing stream of water is observed, eddies form and disappear
randomly, as each molecule of water is free to bounce and swirl around,
bumping into each other, so each human being rebounds off other human
beings, in a seemingly random way, action to social reaction, like
ripples in a pond. This is why to many of our species, modern human
life seems globally meaningless. However, by using the previous analogy
as a metaphor for our evolution and imagining every molecule as a
person. We can reach the conclusion that although each molecule seems
to move randomly, the whole stream is still flowing in generative
dynamic direction. The fundamental problem is that we are running out
of space to be dynamically generative in.
There are billions of us, each reacting to our neighbours, being
changed by our neighbours and changing our neighbours. To try to
control all these individuals from the top down is a waste of time. It
is possible to do it for a while, but like water eroding a mountain,
chaos will overtake order and we get social collapse. Shown by all
these wars humanity keeps having. In terms of our relationships with
each other and our relationship with our planet, we badly need some
sort of control that works. There is only one kind I can think of, that
is when we impose control on ourselves individually, via an
understandable set of principles.
I think that as a species, we would get on much better, if we were
governed by accurate dynamic principles and not by certain people's
The beauty of principles is, that if they are true objective
principles, then they should be understandable by most people, a good
example for this is to treat people as you would be treated.
We get our principles from two main sources, one source is
personal observation, the other source is teachers. The main teacher
for principle before Darwin's theory of evolution, in the western
world was Jesus. Many people today do not use Jesus as a teacher. The
reason for this is, science is seen to work and thus be proved and
religion is seen to be superstition. This is not the fault of Jesus, he
did not create the Christian church. In a historical context, the truth
about Jesus is lost in the mists of history. Some estimates have put
the writing of the new testament at approx. Seventy years after he
Much of the way that Jesus is taught seems to contradict, all we
have learned about the way the universe works, in terms of the natural
laws of the universe. The only teaching that can be relied upon that
came directly from Jesus, are his parables, they are the work of a man
of genius. Many people follow Jesus blindly, without understanding
what he meant, I think he would get a bit annoyed with some Christians,
indicated by his saying "When the blind lead the blind both shall
end up in the ditch".
Another thing that comes through the mists of history is, that he
was a rebel. Conventional Religion seems to relate more to cultural
identity, than the teaching of fundamental truths about reality. I
believe he was against this, indicated by when he said; " There is
nothing from without the man that going into him can defile him: but
the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man."
This would have suggested to the Jews, that their belief in not eating
pork was wrong. Much of Judaism is about laws to do with food and
rituals. From a cultural perspective it acted as glue to hold the
Jewish tribe together, as a holistic philosophy for humanity it is not
of much use. There is only one perspective on religion, provably useful
to humanity that is, the worship of truth.
Jesus said; "The truth shall set you free."
The only way to achieve political power, is to tell people what
they want to hear, if the truth is unpalatable, it does not get told by
politicians when it comes to elections. I would define the most
profound principal, to be truth. I would define truth to be, having
accurate dynamic descriptions, for as many aspects to the causal nature of reality, as
I had been seeking some kind of explanation for our history for
many years. I now have a working hypothesis to the underlying pattern
of our system dynamic. The last piece of the jigsaw came
in the summer of ninety-two. I was driving a lorry down the M5 to
Gloucester to deliver a load of biscuits listening to BBC radio four.
Every morning at 10.15 they would have a reading from the Bible, this
particular morning they read one of the parables that Jesus taught.
The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a
man took and
sowed in his field. Which is less than all seeds; but when it is
grown, it is greater than
the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven
come and lodge in the
Suddenly the penny dropped, I felt as though I had found the key
to our history. (Blinded by tears I found it hard to see where I was
I realised the flap of the butterfly's wing and the parable of
the mustard seed
Are both metaphors describing the *same* dynamic process.
When the shape of species evolution is examined, it is in the
shape of a tree, with different groupings of similar species making
the branches. When the evolution of science is studied, it is also in
the shape of a tree. One discovery or breakthrough bifurcates into
smaller breakthroughs. There comes a time with all trees when they set
Before Darwin, 90% of English people ran their lives from the
metaphors in the Bible, so I would propose the Bible, has had an
enormous effect on the way that our society has evolved.
It is a supreme irony when Christians say they do not believe in
or understand evolution. It is also a supreme irony, when scientists
deny the importance of the Bible, in terms of the vast effect that the
Bible has had on the way our society has evolved. (The need for the
mass owning of the Bible, drove the printing revolution). I believe I
have found a direct causal link between our scientific evolution and
the Bible. The Bible has acted as DNA on the body politic. The seeds
of capitalism came from two parables in the new testament.
The seed prophesies the tree.
When I thought about how the Bible had affected our collective
evolution (beyond morphology) , it came to me that when, the effect of
the Koran on Moslem society, is compared with the effect of the Bible
on Christian society. One immediate fact stands out, as far as I know
there has only been one major schism in Moslem society. That is between
the Sunni and Shiite Moslems. There have been three major splits with
Christianity that is between the Orthodox, the Catholics and the
Protestants and from the Protestant's flows the most splits of all (or
to use a chaos term, bifurcations) leading to Baptists,
Anabaptists, Mormons, Quakers, Methodists, 7th Day Adventists,
Charismatics, to name just a few. Evolution is mostly driven by
diversity, adversity and scarcity. The world religions have created
diversity and adversity and are still doing so.
Evolution is a change dynamic, it has direction and a
A good example for this is the elephant's trunk, a marvellous
piece of biological engineering, it's length in proportion to an
elephants size, is very close to perfect. If we went back x million
years, we would find a proto-elephant with half a trunk ( not very
useful!). Gradually over millennia its trunk got longer and longer,
until it got to the correct length for an elephant's trunk, it then
stopped getting any longer.
Evolution is a process of optimisation.
Many people call the seeking of a better world utopianism, I
would state that perfection is only a direction, never a destination.
It could be stated as one of the principles of evolution, that the
closer any species gets to optimisation, the slower the rate of
evolution, stated as an exponential curve.
As individuals human beings are near optimal. As a species we are
certainly not optimal, because we are in the process of turning a
lovely vibrant Eden into a planet of global warming, acid rain, PCB's
in the sea, polar bears with their livers poisoned with mercury, many
dolphins giving birth to young with birth defects, the demise of the
whale, the demise of the elephant, the seas emptied of the fish we have
eaten. The most marvellous ecosystem of the rain forest in the process
of being chopped down, ever more holes in the ozone layer, the creation
of more and more deserts. The felling of trees causing the washing away
of the earth's top soil, very many species made extinct, the covering of
our countryside with more and more motorways and industrial estates,
Chernobyl, Amoco Cadiz, in short: hell on earth.
How did this come to pass?
The genetic scientists argue that we are all descended from a
common ancestor, this idea is reinforced by the fact that all the
different human tribes can interbreed. Jesus said all men are
brothers! There is strong scientific evidence that we are all descended
from one female monkey, from about two million years ago. So we have a
strong scientific and religious candidate for Eve. We also have the
story of Genesis, telling us about the garden of Eden, with Adam and
Eve eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge. It is with knowledge that
we have created our industrial civilisation that is in the process of
turning our lovely planet into a less lovely planet.
It is not possible to keep filling a bath tub indefinitely,
one day it will overflow.
The third world is now in the process of industrialisation, which
they learned from the west. The effect of human beings on the
environment, is increasing exponentially ( it is going faster at a
faster and faster rate).
We now live in a global society, things happen on the other side
of our planet, moments later, we are watching it on our televisions.
This is a product of cultural and scientific evolution. If the causal
links in the evolution of industrialisation are traced back through
history. They are rooted in the history of Britain, because that is
where the industrial revolution started, this view is reinforced by the
fact that the English language is the most widely spoken language on
earth. British history is chaotic and hard to understand.
One of the greatest engines for the increasing of social
interaction is capitalism. Scientific interaction and social
interaction go hand in hand. This is indicated by the collapse of
Communism, in the USSR. I think the main reason it collapsed, is that
in many areas it got left behind because the rate of social evolution
was slower, which tends to make scientific evolution slower.
A good example to illustrate this is with automobiles. The state
in the USSR in protecting the workers against unemployment and
exploitation, did not allow competition of design. As far as I know
there were only three to six makes of communist cars, which when
compared with the west is few.
essence it could be stated that some aspects of evolution are
driven by competition of design, indicated by sexual selection, based
on the idea that the fittest males (different environments require
different kinds of fitness) impregnating the most females, will spread
their particular variation of their species design, the widest.
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