Evolution and Big History: Dimensions, Trends, and Forecasts

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2016. – 224 pp.
Ed. by L. E. Grinin and A. V. Korotayev.
ISBN 978-5-7057-5146-4
Editorial Council: Editors Council: H. Barry III (USA), Yu. Е. Berezkin (Russia), M. L. Butovskaya (Russia), R. L. Carneiro (USA), Ch. Chase-Dunn (USA), V. V. Chernykh (Russia), H. J. M. Claessen (Netherlands), D. Christian (Australia), S. Gavrilets (USA), А. V. Dybo (Russia), K. Yu. Es'kov (Russia), I. V. Ilyin (Russia), N. N. Iordansky (Russia), P. Herrmann (Ireland), A. A. Kazankov (Russia), G. G. Malinetsky (Russia), A. V. Markov (Russia), A. Yu. Militarev (Russia), M. V. Mina (Russia), V. de Munck (USA), А. P. Nazaretyan (Russia), E. B. Naymark (Russia), A. D. Pa-nov (Russia), Zh. I. Reznikova (Russia), B. H. Rodrigue (USA), P. Skalník (Czech Republic), F. Spier (Netherlands), D. White (USA).

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The present volume is the fifth issue of the ‘Evolution’ Yearbook series. Our Yearbooks are designed to present to its readers the widest possible spectrum of subjects and issues: from universal evolutionism to the analysis of particular evolutionary regularities in the development of biological, abiotic, and social systems, culture, cognition, language, etc. The main objective of our Yearbook is the creation of a unified interdisciplinary field of research, within which scientists specializing in different disciplines could work within the framework of unified or similar paradigms, using common terminology and searching for common rules, tendencies and regularities. Global evolution (in connection with the Big History) becomes the main subject of our Yearbook. We strive to arrange each issue in such a way that the line from cosmic evolution to the human future is evident.

What is the subject of the present issue of the Yearbook? Similar to the previous issues, it shows some aspects of the evolutionary advance from the earlier phases to the anticipated future of human society. But on the whole, this volume is devoted to different aspects and facts of megaevolution and some universal theories in an attempt to find common ground in the diversity of manifestation of evolution and its forms at different stages of development. So the title of this issue, ‘Evolution and Big History: Dimensions, Trends, and Forecasts’, is fully justified (besides, several papers contribute to the field of Big History).

The volume consists of four sections: Dimensions, Trends, and Aspects; Big History's Manifestations; Trends and Forecasts; and Reviews and Information.

This Yearbook will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Cosmology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Economics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the new discoveries going on around us.


Leonid E. Grinin and Andrey V. Korotayev

Introduction. Global Evolution and Global Ageing (Full text) 5

I. Dimensions, Trends, and Aspects

Ken Baskin

The Dynamics of Evolution: What Complexity Theory Suggests for Big History's Approach to Biological and Cultural Evolution (Full text) 18

Stephen I. Ternyik

Quantum Energetic Evolution (Full text) 44

Olga A. Sorokina and Rendt Gorter

Pathfinding: Macroecology as a Social Science (Full text) 54

Leonid E. Grinin

Evolution of World Order (Full text) 75

II. Big History's Manifestations

Ken Gilbert

The Universal Breakthroughs of Big History: Developing a Unified Theory (Full text) 96

Craig Benjamin

Big History and Liberal Education in the Undergraduate Classroom (Full text) 120

Antonio Gelis-Filho

Brazil in the World-System between 1989 and 2016: The Rise and Fall of a Semi-Peripheral Dream (Full text) 127

III. Trends and Forecasts

Anton L. Grinin

Self-Regulation as a Global Evolutionary Mega-Trend (Full text) 139

David Hookes

Science-Based Global Enlightenment in the Quantum-Digital Age (or How to Prevent the Earth from (Full text) 165

Becoming a Dead Planet)

Leonid E. Grinin and Andrey V. Korotayev

Global Population Ageing, the Sixth Kondratieff Wave, and the Global Financial System (Full text) 184

IV. Reviews and Information

Antony Harper

Review of Leonid Grinin and Andrey Korotayev's ‘Great Divergence and Great Convergence: A Global Perspective’, Springer International Publishing, 2015 (Full text) 211

Peter J. Richerson and Joe Brewer

Inaugural Meeting of the Cultural Evolution Society (Full text) 218


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