Evolutionary Aspects: Stars, Primates, and Religion

Volgograd: ‘Uchitel’ Publishing House, 2020. – 256 pp.
Ed. by L. E. Grinin and A. V. Korotayev.
ISBN 978-5-7057-5944-6
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), E. B. Naymark (Russia), A. D. Panov (Russia), Zh. I. Reznikova (Russia), B. H. Rodrigue (USA), P. Skalník (Czech Republic), F. Spier (Netherlands), D. White (USA).


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Every time we work on this Yearbook, we are focused on making at least a small step forward to gradual elaboration of a megaevolutionary paradigm which is designed to create a united scientific field for cross-disciplinary studies.

The present volume is the seventh 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.

The title of this issue Evolutionary Aspects: Stars, Primates, and Religion is fully justified. The volume consists of three sections: ‘Megaevolution and Cosmic Evolution’; ‘Biosocial and Social Evolution’; ‘Reviews and Notes’.

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. Once More on Megaevolutionary  Paradigm (Full text)

I. Megaevolution and Cosmic Evolution

Leonid E. Grinin and Anton L. Grinin

  Megaevolution: Its Main and Transitional Phases (Full text)

Leonid E. Grinin

  The Star-Galaxy Era and Universal Evolution (Full text)

II. Biosocial and Social Evolution

Marina L. Butovskaya, Andrey V. Korotayev, and Alexander A. Kazankov

Dominance Styles and Variability of Social Relationships in Non-Human and Human Primates (Full text)

Eudald Carbonell and Policarp Hortolà

From Past Unaware Hominization to Future Conscious Humanization: Social Evolution in Retrospect and Prospect (Full text)

Leonid E. Grinin

The World System since the Bronze Age: Systemic Integration and Divergence-Convergence Cycles (Full text)

Konrad Szocik

What is Right and What is Wrong in the Darwinian Approach to the Study of Religion (Full text)

III. Reviews and Notes

Antony Harper

A Review of Leonid Grinin, Andrey Korotayev, and Arno Tausch's ‘Islamism, Arab Spring, and the Future of Democracy’, Springer International Publishing, 2019 (Full text)

Leonid E. Grinin, Andrey V. Korotayev, and David Baker

Beyond Global Studies. An Introductory Lecture into a Big History Course (Full text)

Guidelines for Contributors (Full text)