"In times like these a new worldview often arises at the margins of power, at the periphery of the action unfolding on the main stage ... David Loye's central insight...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."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, co-founder of the field of Positive Psychology, Director Quality of Life Research Center, Claremont Graduate University, author of The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. Emergence of Evolutionary Theory of Mind and Behavior and The Meaning of Evolution
“. . . An amazing accomplishment! After Darwin’s Origin of Species and Descent of Man left his hands, they reoriented our thinking about the world and the place of human beings in it. But only a part of the message of those volumes became emblematic of the Darwinian revolution. David Loye now focuses attention on the other part of Darwin’s message, which is one of cooperation, brotherhood, and a progressive understanding of the still developing nature of human beings. His trilogy, Darwin and the Battle for Human Survival, reveals what has been neglected with a passion and urgency not found in any other work. It is scholarship of deep humanity and needful wisdom, one that advances a new vision, but one thoroughly in the Darwinian spirit.”
Robert J. Richards, multiple national award-winning science historian and Darwinian scholar; professor, University of Chicago; author of the classic Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theory of Mind and Behavior, The Meaning of Evolution, The Tragic Sense of Life, The Romantic Conception of Life, and Was Hitler a Darwinian.
"David Loye's is one of the few voices so desperately needed in the Darwin debates. Not only does he introduce "Eros" into the picture in a rational, sane, and supportable fashion, he makes the whole evolutionary theory hang together as "Eros-in-action," or, if you want, "Spirit-in-action" or "Love-in-action." It's been clear for quite some time now that the standard neoDarwinian synthesis can in no way account for the rise from dirt to Shakespeare, and new, believable theories are desperately needed. David Loye's is such a theory. The orthodox will cringe, and go on failing to explain evolution while bad-mouthing all other attempts, the Creative Intelligence folks will correctly spot all the missing holes in Darwinian theory and then-in an entirely unsupported move-fill in those holes by plugging them with Jahweh, a ridiculous move if ever there was one. The holes are supported by the data, Jahweh is not. David Loye's is both spotting the holes, then filling them with something like a self-organization principle, which is a drive to higher levels of organization warranted by the data itself. Call that extra push "self-organization," or "Eros," or "Spirit," or "Love," or what you will, but it is fully justified by empirical data and scientific research. I know of no one doing this as thoroughly and carefully as David Loye. Read him, it's one of the most important topics alive today."
Ken Wilber, pioneering integral philosopher and psychologist; founder, The Integral Institute; author of The Atman Project, Integral Psychology, Integral Spirituality, and A Brief Theory of Everything.
"To shift from despair to hope as we face the renewed challenge of evolution: that and nothing less, is the challenge and the task taken up by David Loye in his profound, thorough, and deeply inspiring books on Darwin and evolution. Darwin has been misrepresented and misunderstood: a fate not unique among great scientists and prophets. Their insights are made to serve their followers' aspiration and confirm their followers' worldview-never mind what the thinkers and prophets themselves truly had in mind.
When David Loye goes after what Darwin had in mind he is not only putting right the historical record; he is performing a crucial service in the cause of humankind. For today we, the species that calls itself homo sapiens sapiens, the knower-knower, faces its most rigorous test of intelligence: the test of viability. Can we, will we, survive on our home planet? We don't know yet, but what we do know is that the answer lies in our ability to discern the path that lies ahead for evolution. David Loye lights that path for us, and for that we owe him a profound depth of gratitude -one we can best repay by comprehending what he has discovered, and acting on it. Doing so is in our most vital and immediate interest."
Ervin Laszlo, pioneering systems philosopher, scientist, and global activist; editor World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution; founder, the General Evolution Research Group, the Club of Budapest, and Global Shift University; author of Evolution: The General Theory, The Connectivity Hypothesis, You Can Change the World, and The Science of the Akashic Field.
"Once in a decade or more a special book comes along, of urgent importance to the intellectual discourse of the time: Darwin, Freud, Jantsch, Lovelock. David Loye's Darwin's Lost Theory is this special. It represents the culmination of the Chaos Revolution, and the critical application of General Evolution Theory. It corrects an oversight in the history of science which has swerved the modern world off its track. It provides the key to the reintegration of the sciences: physical, biological, and social. It can be the spark to jumpstart the social sciences to a new golden age of relevance to popular culture, by clearly showing how evolution theory bears on the survival of our species and our biosphere.
In this work Loye has brought his unique erudition to an enormous and critical task, and carried it off with genius. We urgently need this book, and we need it now."
Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos theorist, author of Chaos, Gaia, and Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History, Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior, and The WEB Empowerment Book, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Santa Cruz.
"Darwin's Second Revolution is absolutely brilliant; one of the most important contributions in print about how we can re-understand human nature and re-invent a viable human society."
Thom Hartmann, crusading journalist and host, national radio Thom Hartmann Program; author of Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture, Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights, and Rebooting the American Dream
"David Loye's rediscovery of the 'real' Darwin rehabilitates one of the most cited yet also most misunderstood scientists of all times: Darwin the visionary, the moral thinker, not the mechanistic random-evolutionist as his followers have it. For this rediscovery not only biologists, and not only all natural and social scientists, but everyone concerned with our understanding of evolution on this planet owes Loye a deep debt of gratitude."
Ervin Laszlo, founder of the General Evolution Research Group and the Club of Budapest, Editor of World Futures:The Journal of General Evolution, former Director of Research for the United Nations Research and Development Program, author of Evolution: The General Theory, The Akashic Field, and over 40 other books on evolution and systems science.
"The idea that Charles Darwin himself believed that the final climb to human civilization required the enactment of a principle of moral conduct far above the "selfish gene" concept so prevalent in today's popular accounts comes as a surprise. But the fact that he argued at length and with passion for the recognition of this principle, along the way anticipating scientific concepts from far beyond his time, and further that this work has been utterly disregarded by the official keepers of evolutionary theory ever since, boggles the mind.
"Here, prominent social and evolutionary theorist David Loye treats us to a scientific mystery story of the first order. Taking us back to the final years of Darwin's life, in his home at Down and during the summer of 1868 at his Freshwater cottage on the Isle of Wight, where he struggled to find expression for the thoughts that would form the core of The Descent of Man, Loye leads us with sure steps through Darwin's emerging work, and through the Great Invisible Book that lies within, unfolding its vast implications and leaving no doubt that Darwin's long ignored plea for a larger vision of human nature is still relevant in the modern world and more desperately needed than ever.
"This is an immensely important book with an engaging and easy style that will recommend it to readers of all backgrounds and interests."
Allan Combs, psychologist and integral evolution theorist, author of The Radiance of Being and Consciousness Explained Better, professor, California Institute of Integral Sudies and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.
"This is the most exciting, most revealing book on Darwin that I have ever read. More than any other, it has restored the full grandeur to Darwin's thesis as it evolved, as living beings evolved, from the survival of the fittest, through altruistic acts in social communities to the final affirmation of a desire for good, more compelling even, than our desire for self-preservation."
Mae Wan Ho, biophysicist and evolution theorist, author of The Worm and the Rainbow, Genetic Engineering, and editor, Beyond Neo-Darwinism: The New Evolutionary Paradigm, professor, biology department, The Open University, London
"David Loye has passionately called our attention to a part of Darwin's work that not only significantly modifies his construction of natural selection, but does so more prominently in The Descent of Man than many other modifications scattered throughout his vast writings. Even a number of neoDarwinians are now getting ready to accept some version of what Loye identifies as Darwin's discovery of 'organic choice,' usually under the label of 'self-organizing processes.' Loye's work comes along at a propitious time."
Stanley Salthe, biologist and evolution theorist, author of Development and Evolution and Evolving Hierarchical Systems, Professor Emeritus, biology department, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
"This book is a block-buster and an old paradigm smasher! I read it with a deep sense of its importance in balancing the biological reductionist myopia about our possible future and the evolution of our moral sentiments. Congratulations!"
Hazel Henderson, economics theorist and futurist, author of Building a Win-Win World, The Politics of the Solar Age, Paradigms for Progress, and Creating Alternative Futures.
"At the end of ten years studying the application of chaos and other new theories to human evolution and researching the moral studies of the founding fathers of social science, David Loye unearthed a major scientific treasure: Darwin's 'hidden' theory of moral choice. Carefully piecing together fragments scattered in The Descent of Man and in Darwin's other writings, Loye reconstructs the 'hidden' theory and shows that Darwin believed that love, rather than the "selfish gene," is the prime mover in human evolution. Loye's book should cause a revolution in social theory as diverse fields such as human ecology, urban studies, population dynamics, collective organization, and the study of culture and moral order are rethought and recast in the light of Darwin's moral theory. Darwin's Lost Theory is absolutely essential reading for every social scientist."
Raymond Trevor Bradley, sociologist, Director, Institute for Whole Social Science, Carmel, CA, Associate Research Professor, BRAINS Center, Radford University, Radford, VA, author Charisma and Social Structure: A Study of Love and Power, Wholeness and Transformation.
"One of the central difficulties in modern biology is how to account for the origin of those human features we are inclined to consider superior, traits such as morality, ethics, rationality, self-consciousness, and spiritual experiences. The difficulty is that they must have arisen in evolution from a manner of living that did not contain them. Darwin's Lost Theory shows that Darwin saw this, and that his vision of a detailed answer to the question in terms of human emotional and cognitive development beyond the basic operation of natural selection has not been acknowledged. It is important that this part of Darwin's writing be recovered, as Loye does very clearly and in a compelling manner in Darwin's Lost Theory."
Humberto R. Maturana, professor, Department of Biology, The University of Chile, developer of the concept and theory of autopoiesis, author (with Francisco Varela) of Autopoiesis and Cognition and The Tree of Knowledge, and (with G.Verden-Zoller) of Amore e Gioco and other books in Italian, German, and Spanish.
"In his book on Darwin's 'lost theory,' Loye grips the reader's imagination as if glued to watching him put together a giant jig-saw puzzle showing the whole sweep of evolution in the light of both former and recent thinking. I have been particularly fascinated by Loye's discovery of the connection between Darwin's projection of the evolutionary development of the moral sense and my own brain research. In the notebook of 1838 Darwin asked himself, 'May not moral sense arise from . . . our strong sexual, parental, and social instincts?' This is point for point what I found 100 years later in my own extensive exploration of the primate brain in regard to primal sex-related functions. I am very impressed with how Loye shows that Darwin expanded this core insight into the full theory so long overlooked in The Descent of Man."
Paul D.MacLean, M.D., Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health, evolutionary brain theorist, author of The Triune Brain in Evolution.
"Loye's book makes an important contribution to illuminating the real bases of human social behavior. The complexity of our mental and emotional dynamical system argues against attempts to account for all human social customs and structures in terms of theories of the "selfish gene" or "sociobiology" variety. Since selfish gene theories are often linked to Charles Darwin, it is exciting to see a psychological theorist of Loye's quality and productivity argue that Darwin's own viewpoint was not that of the selfish gene theorists. Loye gets us into the heart of Darwin's works and shows that when it came to human evolution, love and connectedness were regarded not as anomalies but as intricately related to the entire evolutionary process. Sexuality has been assumed to be motivated solely by reproductive needs, and its pleasurable and bonding aspects discounted, whereas Loye shows that Darwin saw sexual evolution as the primary basis of bonding and love in many animal species including our own.
"Darwin's Lost Theory will fill an important gap. It will be a widely read and controversial book by an experienced and thoughtful author with style and flair. I expect it will become one of the major books of the early Twenty-First Century."
Daniel S. Levine, theoretical psychologist and neural network theorist, author of Introduction to Neural and Cognitive Modeling and (forthcoming) Common Sense and Common Nonsense, professor, psychology department, University of Texas at Arlington.
"Loye's thesis is nothing less than revolutionary. In a carefully researched and beautifully written work, he dramatically changes our understanding of Darwin and of evolution itself."
Alfonso Montuori, Chair of Graduate Studies, School for Consciousness and Transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies, Associate Editor, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and author of Evolutionary Competence.
"David Loye brings a brilliant career to its zenith in this trilogy on evolution. With the world facing threats like climate change, Loye's profound insights into the evolutionary advantages of both competition and cooperation form twin pillars supporting the move to a sustainable global order. Long overdue, this new work completes Darwin's work."
William E. Halal, leading futurist; professor, management science, George Washington University; president, TechCast LLC; author of Technology's Promise
"It seems to me David Loye is making a crucially important point in this book about politics and economics. Here we are, presently caught in a fierce struggle between one kind of politics and economics aimed at advancing human evolution while another kind of politics and economics is hell bent on driving us backward. Yet going by all the evolution theory that science and education presently focuses on you would never know this pivotal struggle for those who really care deeply and work to change things for the better in our world had anything to do with evolution. It looks like Loye's trilogy will at last hammer this crucial point across."
John Robbins, pioneering nutritional and social activist; recipient of the national Rachel Carson, Humanitarian, and Courage of Conscience Awards; author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and The New Good Life
"David Loye, as expected, does a brilliant job of deconstruction and reconstruction. He takes the conventional view of Darwin, and much like Hegel did of Marx, turns him upside down. We learn that it is not survival of the fittest that is the thrust of Darwin's work but moral sensibility. This re-reading of Darwin provides us with a theoretical framework for a new biopolitics and a new vision of the future. Written in an easy to read style, Darwin's Second Revolution is recommended for the scholar as well as the day to day facebook web surfer. Brilliant. And fun."
Sohail Inayatullah, pioneering futurist; professor, Tamkang University, Taiwan and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; editor, Youth Futures: Empirical Research and Transformative Visions, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, and Chaos and Coherence in our Uncommon Futures
"If humankind is to survive the 21st century, it will need to deal far more effectively with the escalating threat of nuclear warfare, ecological devastation, and the other threats to its existence. There is no better roadmap than David Loye's remarkable book Darwin's Second Revolution. Loye has brought to light a rich vein of gold still to be mined in Darwin's writings. We're all indebted to his wisdom, his scholarship, and his careful articulation of Darwin's revolutionary paradigms, needed more now than ever before."
Stanley Krippner, pioneering humanistic psychologist; professor, Saybrook University; former president humanistic psychology and psychological hypnosis divisions, American Psychological Association; author of Human Possibilities and co-author of Healing States and The Realms of Healing
"After a hundred years of evolution theory it's time to look at all of Darwin's writings-not just the ones encapsulated in the phrase "survival of the fittest." David Loye's account of contributions that revolutionize current evolutionary theory includes ignored ideas forwarded by Darwin himself, now fleshed out in avenues not explored in Darwin's time. An example is complexity theory, the finding of self organizing processes and how they apply to evolution by way of regulatory genes. All these new ways of approaching evolution do not as yet fit easily together, but the enterprise is young and Loye's contribution in calling attention to them will make it much easier to evaluate each and show how they can work together: a job Loye has heroically begun. This new way will shine light on our spiritual future, which rises out of a meaningful information revolution and leaves behind the now out-dated "material mankind" that was the heritage of the industrial revolution."
Karl Pribram, widely considered the greatest living brain scientist; developer of holographic and holonomic brain theory; former professor Stanford, Radford, and Georgetown Universities; author of Brain and Behavior, Languages of the Brain, The Form Within, and coauthor Plans and the Structure of Behavior
"In this engaging book Professor Loye tears away the shrouds of secrecy and indifference that conceal the deep connections between a misunderstood Darwin and the financial and intellectual chaos that reigns in today's world."
Allan Combs, pioneering developer of consciousness studies; professor, California Institute of Integral Studies; author of The Radiance of Being and coauthor with Ervin Laszlo of Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth
"Writing about love in a serious scientific context is a task reserved for thinkers who dwell on the sublime summits of human philosophy. By uncovering the long ignored emphasis on love in Darwin's original works, Loye reveals the deeply humane side to the evolutionary paradigm, which has been ethically degraded by the domination of concepts such as 'survival of the fittest' and 'the selfish gene.' Loye's writing is further a welcome combination of easy-flowing wording and solemn, old school elegance."
Vuk Uskokovic, nanotechnologist and systems philosopher, University of California, San Francisco, and President, UCSF Postdoctoral Scholars Association
"Loye's trilogy is a seminal step toward a critical pedagogy wedding bio-literacy and contemporary psycho-social scientific thought. Situated in transdisciplinary science, politics, and religion, Loye embraces controversy to radically expand basic Darwinian theory toward its yet unrealized true potential, as the action-oriented, functional scientific theory for the new millennium it was designed to be. This highly innovative interdisciplinary exploration of the span from biological to moral to spiritual evolution will offend many of our mono-disciplinary colleagues. The flow and scope surprised me, sparked my interest, and changed the course for my scientific thinking. It is a truism that the psychology behind the belief systems of adherents is at play in any enterprise, be it spiritual, material, religious, or scientific. Loye intrepidly explores this truism, bridging toward a transdisciplinary methodology that is our best, and perhaps only hope of efficiently and successfully sorting through future best-fit primary models of origin.
Christopher Peter Montoya, professor, psychology department, Thompson Rivers University, Canada; author of The Migratory Theory of Genetic Fitness
"David Loye is that rare scholar who investigates his subject beyond the normal parameters of science and history. His work on Darwin is brilliant and paradigm changing. For more than one hundred years Darwin's work has been mainly used to lock in a superficial belief in 'survival of the fittest". In this new book Loye shows the depth of Darwin's true thinking and the importance of this new perspective for today's scholars and general readers."
William Gladstone, author of The Twelve and producer of the film Tapping the Source
"At the funeral of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels said that, as Darwin had discovered the evolutional rules in biology, Karl Marx discovered the evolutional rules in human society. Since then human social practice has falsified Marx's revolutionary theory and human scientific practice has enriched Darwin's evolutionary theory. David Loye's work exploring the relation of social and cultural evolution as well as biological evolution to human practice over the past two centuries is a meaningful advance for Darwin's theory."
Min Jiayin, systems philosopher and research fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing; author of Evolutionary Pluralism: A New System of Systems Philosophy, and editor, The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese Culture
"Darwin's Second Revolution blows the lid off the Darwinian delusion that Darwin was as blindly mechanistic as some of his neo-Darwinian successors in evolution theory. This new story of Darwin comes at a time when the dominant narrative of mechanistic biology has hit the brick wall as an explanatory theory, being unable to account for a full range of evolutionary processes, including higher moral drives. Through carefully researched case studies, David Loye shows that Darwin was a genuinely humane, even spiritual human being. Darwin's Second Revolution shows that the dry rationality of contemporary mainstream science and academia have distorted the truth of one of the great men of history. Modern science depicts Darwin as a stubbornly courageous purveyor of truth, struggling to light the darkness of religious and social superstition. David Loye shows that the full spectrum of Darwin's light is yet to be made visible within dominant contemporary discourse. Loye's account of the real Darwin is a call for a deeper enlightenment, a powerful ray of hope."
Marcus T. Anthony, founder, Mind Futures (www.mindfutures.com), Hong Kong; author of Integrated Intelligence, Sage of Synchronicity, and Extraordinary Mind: Integrated Intelligence and the Future
"Many scientists still regard NeoDarwinian evolution theory as the complete scientific account of the origin and future for human life, nothing essentially left unexplained. But through carefully analyzing what Darwin actually wrote, and its corroboration by hundreds of modern scientists, David Loye finds shocking evidence of a higher order, open ended evolution theory seeking to transcend and replace "survival of the fittest" Darwinism. Moral sensitivity far outweighs selfishness, mutuality is more meaningful than competition, love outpaces survival of the fittest a hundredfold. As Loye puts it, with striking new evidence of Darwin's intellectual support, we're driven to move beyond a science committed solely to the passive role of the so-called objective observer to the active role of science as partisan on behalf of and advocate of humanity. We need to focus on what a full spectrum, action-oriented theory of evolution should look like, and how to actually build it.
Pentti Malaska, pioneering futurist; professor of mathematics, Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland; founder, Futures Research Center, and chairman, Academy for Futures Study Network
"David Loye 's trilogy, Darwin and the Battle for Human Survival, evinces an immense amount of research and apparent lifetime of passion for the deeper truths of evolution. Writing with erudition, Loye makes a convincing case that the moral sense is paramount in driving human evolution. I recommend this trilogy to anyone interested in the vital topic of evolution."
Steve McIntosh, Integral philosopher; author of Integral Consciousness, and the forthcoming book, Evolution's Purpose
David Loye writes with passion of the more cooperative and empathic humanity that emerges in Darwin's long ignored development of a theory of the evolution of moral sensitivity. He also writes eloquently of the role that a language and philosophy based on the use of self-organizational concepts of systems theory can provide in pursuit of an evolutionary cultural trajectory to establish such a global society. He writes of the pioneering of Kurt Lewin, the great American psychologist and expatriate from the Frankfort School of Critical Theory founded to apply social science to issues of domination. Among those working today to transcend simple reductionist evolutionary theory using complexity theory, he writes of his partner, cultural evolution theorist Riane Eisler, my brother Ralph Abraham and Stuart Kauffman, the great evolutionary biophysicist.
Frederick David Abraham, co-founder and past president, Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences; former research professor, UCLA, UC-Irvine, University of Vermont, and Silliman University, Phillipines; author A Visual Introduction to Dynamical Systems Theory for Psychology, and editor Chaos Theory in Psychology
An astonishing work! Loye's passion for the essence of Darwin renders a great service. Darwin's Second Revolution brings us face to face with the very nature of being human-the caring, social, species-with-a-conscience mammal that evolution made us, the qualities that so moved Darwin. Loye's engaging voice makes this a page turner that gives students, educators, scientists and policy makers a vivid history lesson and much more. We discover the true spirit of Darwin, brimming with the moral sense of our species. This book is powered by love, insights and wisdom for our age and beyond. Loye shows us that in our battle for survival the regressive blinders can and must give way to the progressive urge in every human, in every culture. Our future depends on it.
Raffi Cavoukian, Singer, author, founder of the Centre for Child Honouring
"David Loye has opened the minds and hearts of this whole generation to the real meaning of the world-changing work of Charles Darwin. Loye's work is vital to us all."
Barbara Marx Hubbard, evolutionary visionary activist; President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution; author of Conscious Evolution and Emergence
"Charles Darwin's Vision of Hope, Reborn."
Kenneth Bausch, renaissance scholar; Executive Director, Institute for 21st Century Agoras; author of The Emerging Consensus in Social Systems Theory and Body Wisdom: Faith in Chaos
"I read the whole book and love it! A must-read for all of us working for global transformation to a cleaner, greener, more equitable future for the human family. This crowning achievement takes David Loye's important work in earlier books to a new level of synthesis, clarity, and power. It provides the missing history and context we need to align and bring coherence to many of today's movements for positive futures."
Hazel Henderson, crusading moral economist, producer and host for the internationally distributed public television series Ethical Markets; author, Creating Alternative Futures, Building a Win-Win World, Beyond Globalization, and co-author, Planetary Citizenship.
"... congratulations on this stupendous output !!! If one has any doubt as to the correctness and importance of David Loye's reconstruction of Darwin's "lost theory," as laid out by him in half a dozen books over the last dozen years, this new trilogy should set those doubts to rest. In addition, clearly and entertainingly, he points the way to new paradigms for science that are crucial to our sustainable future."
Ralph Abraham, pioneering mathematician and chaos theorist; emeritus professor, UC-Santa Cruz, former faculty member UC-Berkeley, Columbia and Princeton Universities; author of Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior and Chaos, Gaia, and Eros