update: it is useful to cite J.G. Bennett’s account of evolution to those who think a ‘religious’ thinker should inject theism into the account. Bennett tries to actually construct an evolutionary dynamic using his model of space/time/’eternity’/hyparxis as a novel geometry, a striking anticipation probably muddled of spooky physics. The point seems to be that the hyparchic dimension gives a hint of the way a potential form factor computes form potentials which then realize as experimental new species instances.
I moved on with the discovery of the eonic effect to a related but different view, but one that shares an idea of a form factor behind the emergence of civilizations via an eonic sequence of transitions.
I tend to be wary of using Bennett’s novel geometry (a legacy of Flatland, and then of Ouspensky) but I suspect that issues of dimension are directly relevant to evolutionary thinking done right.
The eonic effect gives a more direct view of evolution as a planetary process connected to a global evolutionary dynamics.
The mystery of evolution The hyparchic regulator: evolutionary form factors in a timeless dimension? J.G. Bennett on speciation, individuality, eight term systems…a warning biology is probably not even remotely close to a theory of evolution We have suggested two post-Darwinian takes on ‘evolution’, whether in deep time or in history: that based on the eonic effect and that of J.G.Bennett. That of Bennett remains speculative, while the eonic effect by basing itself on world history is more empirical and more disciplined to be wary of speculation. Although we have been critical of Bennett’s thinking here it is useful to cite this author as a reminder to naive theological design proponents of the complexity of the whole question of design and that theistic injections almost invariably confuse the issue.The real issue with Bennett is not theism but the nature of the space-time model (or lack of one) that stands behind his brilliant but odd idea of ‘hyparxis’ in his triple dimensions of time: time, eternity, hyparxis. This was new age spooky physics before its time and while Bennett’s thinking probably nosedives it is true that he well realized the problems physics is now having.Bennett is one of the few people who grasped that some kind of form factor, to cite our own term used here to point to evolutionary intangibles, stands behind the (teleological) spectacle of speciation which so confusingly moves between design and the environmental adaptation that blends two modes out of the larger directionality of evolution.There is nothing simple about ‘evolution’ and its real elucidation remains for a science of the future.The question of hyparxis, at the risk of a botch of Bennett’s far more complex account, might be considered with an analogy: a writer has the plan in mind for a book, but this is still potential, and by analog ‘timeless/spaceless’. As he moves to compose the book the realization is an interaction of the potential idea with a temporal actualization and a series of parallel and/or sequential drafts, in a discontinuous series and or discontinuous set of alternates or drafts. The interaction of time and eternity is via the hyparchic dimension as just this discontinuous series as the book takes shape in a directional and willed action of creative writing. Early drafts suffer issues of quality and the cyclical hyparxis interaction with the potential generates an uphill qualitative transformation.Note: this sounds like a creationist account on the surface, since the ‘writer’ is a kind of creator. But in fact it is not: the ‘will’ in this account is taken up into a far more complicated system of cosmic triads and the ‘human will’ could never be taken directly either as an absolute analog or as a reference to an evolved entity such as man.