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The Great Adventure
Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution
The Great Adventure
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David Loye - Editor
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Foreword by
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
Price: $71.50 
Hardcover - 360 pages
Release Date: November 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5923-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5923-2

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Paperback - 360 pages
Release Date: November 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5924-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5924-9

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Outlines how a new working partnership between psychologists and evolutionary systems scientists can help create a more humanistic evolutionary theory.

Working to achieve the dream of the great spiritual and scientific visionaries, an international and multidisciplinary group of advanced evolution theorists explores how a new morally sensitive and action-oriented theory of human evolution can help guide our species through troubled times to reach a higher plateau for humanity. The Great Adventure probes how chaos and complexity theories, new brain research, studies of child development, new theories of creativity and consciousness, and other neglected social and systems science discoveries cumulate to reveal a new full-spectrum, action-oriented theory. The book outlines how a new working partnership between psychologists and evolutionary systems scientists can meet a pivotal challenge for the twenty-first century. In addition to describing how to build such a theory, the book includes outlines for distance learning studies.

"...the themes introduced by the authors are likely to be among the central ones of any new world-view.... David Loye's central insight, which motivates this book, is in my opinion right on the money. The organizing principle of the new faith—a faith of human beings about human beings—is evolution itself. Not the traditionally taught evolutionary scenario dominated by competition and selfishness, but an understanding closer to the original Darwinian one that sees cooperation and transcendence of the self as the most exciting parts of the story." — from the Foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Loye brings new themes and dimensions into the exploration of evolution at the human level—from the role of gender relations to the coevolution of culture and consciousness." — Duane Elgin, author of Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness

Contributors include Ken Bausch, Raymond Bradley, Allan Combs, Alexander Christakis, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Riane Eisler, Sally Goerner, Ervin Laszlo, David Loye, Alfonso Montuori, Ruth Richards, and Stanley Salthe.

David Loye is co-founder of The General Evolution Research Group and Vice President of the Center for Partnership Studies. Among his books are the award-winning The Healing of a Nation; The Leadership Passion; and The Sphinx and the Rainbow.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Introduction
David Loye

The Toronto Manifesto: A Statement of Purpose for the Panels and Meeting of the General Evolution Research Group

Darwin, Maslow, and the Fully Human Theory of Evolution
David Loye

PART I: THE EVOLUTIONARY BASE IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY

1. Matter and Mind: The New Holism and the Greater Humanity
Ervin Laszlo

2. Biology and Beyond Biology: The Natural Path to the Future
Stanley Salthe

PART II: THE CULTURAL BASE IN THE BRAIN AND SYSTEMS OF LOVE VS. DOMINATION

3. A Multilinear Theory of Cultural Evolution: Genes, Culture, and Technology
Riane Eisler

4. Love, Power, Brain, Mind, and Agency
Raymond Trevor Bradley

PART III: THE HIGHER REACHES OF CREATIVITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS

5. Creativity, Consciousness, and the Building of an Integral World
Sally Goerner

6. Technology to Liberate Rather than Imprison Consciousness
Ken Bausch and Alexander Christakis

7. Creativity, Consciousness, and the Direction for Human Development
Alfonso Montuori, Allan Combs, and Ruth Richards

PART IV: THE DARWINIAN END GAME

8. What Should It Look Like? Foundations and Guidelines for the Fully Human Theory: A Summary of Chapters 1 through 7
David Loye

9. How Do We Build It? Of Systems Science, Psychology, Students, Teachers, and the Destruction or Liberation of Humanity
David Loye

Appendixes

A. Course Outlines and Teacher Training for The Great Adventure Online
B. A Guide to Books on Darwin and Evolution Theory and Story
C. A Brief History of the General Evolution Research Group
D. The Darwin Project

Contributors

Theory Index

Name Index

Subject Index



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