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♦ Strategies for Advancing Evolution

on 4 August 2010 - 6:25pm

Summary:

 
 
As detailed in The Evolutionary Manifesto and Evolution’s Arrow, an understanding of the
large-scale evolutionary processes that have produced life on Earth and will determine our
future is making sense of human existence. This evolutionary worldview is revealing that we
are not just meaningless accidents in a universe that is indifferent to our existence. Instead it
shows that humanity has a critical role to play in the future evolution of life on this planet. (Read More)
 
 
 
Are these milestones achievable? It goes without saying that they represent extraordinarily
ambitious goals for a movement that currently comprises a small number of individuals
scattered around the globe.
Is it possible to devise realistic, practical strategies that can make the evolutionary worldview
the dominant social, ethical and political force on the planet?
The need to develop these strategies is a critical challenge for the evolutionary movement. In
significant part, the success of the movement will depend on its capacity to meet this
challenge. The energy and passion of potential members can be harnessed only if
evolutionary goals are seen as realistically achievable, and not just an idealistic pipe dream.
And members need to know what they have to do to advance the evolutionary process. The
movement needs to identify a realistic and feasible path to its goals. (Read More)
 
 
 
If the evolutionary movement is to have a significant influence on events in the world, it
needs to become a political force. If it is to actualize the next great steps in evolution, it
needs to do what is necessary to accumulate power.
In large part the power of the movement will depend on its size—the number of citizens who
embrace an evolutionary worldview. This gross aspect of its power will also depend on the
amount of resources commanded by the movement, the power and diversity of its members,
and so on. (Read More)
 
 
The evolutionary worldview has an intrinsic capacity to spread. It satisfies the deepest of
human needs. An evolutionary worldview shows that there is meaning and purpose to
human existence. It reveals that humanity has a critical role in the future evolution of life on
this planet, and the potential to make a significant contribution to the evolution of life in the
universe.
And unlike previous religious and mythical worldviews, it is science-based and capable of
withstanding rationalist critiques and skeptical scrutiny. In this respect it is unique. It
doesn’t have any viable competitors.
Importantly, the evolutionary worldview is capable of being embraced. (Read More)
 
 
 
The higher the intelligence of the evolutionary movement, the greater its capacity to advance
the evolutionary process.
The intelligence of the movement is its ability to improve and adapt its goals and strategies.
The more intelligence it can call on to enhance its strategies and tactics, the better it will be at
achieving its goals.
The movement will use its intelligence to continually improve all its goals and strategies,
including those in the key strategic areas examined in this paper: moving the planet towards
a sustainable and unified global society; growing the evolutionary movement and enhancing
its autocatalytic effect; organizing the movement so that it makes best use of the skills and
resources available to it; and bootstrapping the intelligence of the movement. (Read More)
 
 
 
The capacity of the evolutionary movement to achieve its goals will depend critically on the
effectiveness of its organization. How well it organizes itself determines its capacity to make
best use of the diversity of skills, knowledge, resources, opportunities and passions of its
members. (Read More)
 
 
 
Long before the evolutionary movement accumulates sufficient power in its own right to
shape society, it will be able to influence events by joining with other groups to pursue
common goals.
A central goal of the evolutionary movement is to organize a unified, sustainable and highly
evolvable global society. There are good prospects for joining with other groups to move the
planet towards this goal. Many other political and social groups are pursuing goals that
would take humanity in the direction of a planetary society. (Read More)
 
 
The actions that are best for a particular individual to take will depend on their skills and
passions, the needs of evolution, and the possibilities that open up before them.
They will look for opportunities where the needs of the evolutionary process intersect with
their own specific capacities and motivations.
At this early stage in the growth of the evolutionary movement, very little exists to help
intentional evolutionaries identify specific things they can do to advance evolution.
This strategy document is a first step in filling this urgent need. (Read More)
 

 Source:   http://www.evolutionarymanifesto.com/strategies.pdf

 Author:  John Stewart

Core Member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Research Group,

                                      The Free University of Brussels

 
2. THE CHALLENGE
Are these milestones achievable? It goes without saying that they represent extraordinarily
ambitious goals for a movement that currently comprises a small number of individuals
scattered around the globe.
Is it possible to devise realistic, practical strategies that can make the evolutionary worldview
the dominant social, ethical and political force on the planet?
The need to develop these strategies is a critical challenge for the evolutionary movement. In
significant part, the success of the movement will depend on its capacity to meet this
challenge. The energy and passion of potential members can be harnessed only if
evolutionary goals are seen as realistically achievable, and not just an idealistic pipe dream.
And members need to know what they have to do to advance the evolutionary process. The
movement needs to identify a realistic and feasible path to its goals.
and in the universe.1. EVOLUTIONARY GOALS
As detailed in The Evolutionary Manifesto and Evolution’s Arrow, an understanding of the
large-scale evolutionary processes that have produced life on Earth and will determine our
future is making sense of human existence. This evolutionary worldview is revealing that we
are not just meaningless accidents in a universe that is indifferent to our existence. Instead it
shows that humanity has a critical role to play in the future evolution of life on this planet
and in the universe.
1. EVOLUTIONARY GOALS
As detailed in The Evolutionary Manifesto and Evolution’s Arrow, an understanding of the
large-scale evolutionary processes that have produced life on Earth and will determine our
future is making sense of human existence. This evolutionary worldview is revealing that we
are not just meaningless accidents in a universe that is indifferent to our existence. Instead it
shows that humanity has a critical role to play in the future evolution of life on this planet
and in the universe.1. EVOLUTIONARY GOALS
As detailed in The Evolutionary Manifesto and Evolution’s Arrow, an understanding of the
large-scale evolutionary processes that have produced life on Earth and will determine our
future is making sense of human existence. This evolutionary worldview is revealing that we
are not just meaningless accidents in a universe that is indifferent to our existence. Instead it
shows that humanity has a critical role to play in the future evolution of life on this planet
and in the universe.