Spectrum of Evolutionary Theories

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There has been vigorous debate in recent times on whether evolution occurred as described by Charles Darwin, or whether God did indeed spontaneously create the world 5,000 – 6,000 years ago.  There is a spectrum of views between these two extremes, with many respected and influential people in both camps and everywhere in the large between.  This makes for good reading. Interestingly, Darwin was not a “Neo-Darwinist” #1, but actually a #2 (which allows for spontaneous mutation as well as random mutation)!  Madame Blavatsky and Rudolf Steiner ascribe to the #9 viewpoint.  The central #12 viewpoint, the Integralists, are people like Sri Aurobindo, Ken Wilber, Don Beck and Robert W. Godwin, who say that evolution is a holistic process including objective and subjective dimensions moving towards greater complexity of form and greater depth of consciousness.  I’m still not sure what that means!  One of these central integration theories are most likely to be on the right track.

12 Viewpoints on the Spectrum of Evolution

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My measure of human evolution is whether there is an improvement in the ability to use the faculties of our prefrontal cortex.  I’m not so interested in the technological or medical or scientific advancements, though these are certainly likely to result from the better use of the human brain.