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The New Paradigm of Social Evolution in a Nutshell

The New Paradigm of Social Evolution is based on five basic theses:
1. Society as a living and rational system processing knowledge and composed of three equally important, inter-determinating & co-evolving sub-systems which should be in equilibrium. They are: social being (economy), social consciousness (culture) and decision-making mechanism.
2. Social Evolution has two relatively independent lines of development: subjective and objective. Generating knowledge subjective factor (human reason) creates a chain of quantitative changes known as “The Course of History”. Due to accumulated knowledge the objective factor periodically made qualitative leaps to a new social structure. This is a helix of Social Evolution. Agrarian and Industrial revolutions are examples of such helices. The people made history, but cannot influence Social Evolution.
3. Human beings as individuals and society as a whole are only two rational systems. Therefore, they are isomorphic i.e. personal development could be used as a blueprint to comprehend social development. For instance the emergence of social self-consciousness is equivalent to the emergence of self-consciousness in personal development. This comparison gives us a rough idea about the stage of Social Evolution. Metaphorically speaking society today is at the stage of transition from “social puberty” to social maturity.
4. The human brain is Mother Nature’s solution for complexity and it is common sense to follow the principles of heterarchical organisation of the human brain as a blueprint for social organisation.
5. Ongoing revolution is Cultural. This is the emergence of social self-consciousness, which is the new helix of Social Evolution. Therefore, it is unavoidable qualitative leaps to a new social structure, economy and problem solving. Eventually this is a transition from a nowadays Industrial society to an upcoming Humanitarian society.
Modern society is determinate by two contradicting processes — objective and subjective. On the one hand, during the 20th century three ideological formations were initiated: communism, fascism and financism (debt based capitalism). The last ideological formation tends to create financial empire, using the money as a tool for social management and manipulation. This is Empire Building or proclaimed New World Order. On the other hand exponentially growing knowledge initiated a new wave of technological revolution. The Invention of the computer and expansion of the Internet to a global network are the modern equivalent of the invention of the steam engine and expansion of the railway network, which gave birth to an Industrial society. In a similar way the digital revolution turned society into “single organism”, dramatically changing social perceptions, giving birth to social self-consciousness and transforming Industrial into Humanitarian society. Apparently there is a dramatic clash between Empire Building and emerging social self-consciousness.
At the end of the day, carefully created by Power elite, New World Order destroys democracy, turning the voting system from a collective decision-making mechanism into a tool for legitimisation of political power. These changes undermine political parties and lead to corruption and the downfall of political system and morality. Fortunately, social self-consciousness has a capacity to reorganise society and restore equilibrium among sub-systems. This is an entirely objective process (new helix of Social Evolution), therefore – inevitable and unstoppable.
The fundamental contradiction of modern society is between the exponential development of high technologies and the increased vulnerability of humanity. This contradiction raises the dilemma: survival of humanity or qualitative changes. This dilemma makes transition to Humanitarian civilization without alternative. Apparently qualitative changes in all sub-systems: economy, culture and decision-making mechanism are inevitable.
• Dominated political form of social consciousness will be replaced by emerging Social self-consciousness or with dominance of moral.
• Collective decision-making mechanism will evolve to collaborative problem-solving mechanism, which by definition is heterarchical; therefore there is no room for elites and corruption.
• Eventually, economy will be reorganised from profit based to knowledge based.
The New Paradigm is not a new socio-engineering project like above mentioned ideological formations. It is an effort to outline a theoretical framework of Social Evolution and point out the right direction for the transition from nowadays Technological civilisation to forthcoming Humanitarian civilisation. Resolution of all pending and emerging future problems on all levels: global, regional, national and local will be resolved by the creation of collaborative problem-solving networks. The mission of our generation is simply to make this transition wisely and peacefully.

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In essence, Society is a living and rational system, processing knowledge. It includes three co-evolving sub-systems: economy, culture and decision-making mechanism. Economy ensures physical survival of human beings and represents the “living” part of society. Decision-making mechanism represents rational component of the system. Culture is a content of accumulated knowledge and acts as a transmission drive between living and rational parts.

Co-evolution of sub-systems follow two lines of development: objective for living component (economy) and subjective for rational part. “Division of labour” between “living” and “rational” parts is simple. Human reason creates a chain of quantitative changes. This is History. Due to accumulated knowledge the “living part” of the system (economy) makes qualitative leaps to new levels of social development (civilisations). These are helices of Social Evolution. To get to this level of processing and accumulating knowledge, society left behind three stages of development: Hunting and Gathering (prehistory), Agrarian and Industrial societies. These changes are qualitative leaps or helices of Social Evolution. They follow objective laws. Hence, people could make history, but cannot change the course of Social Evolution.

Forthcoming change will be a new helix of Social Evolution – the transition from Industrial to Humanitarian society. Transition is inevitable, because it is part of Social Evolution. The mode of transition is implemented by human reason and could vary depending on the mindset of the governing elite and the threshold of tolerance.


March 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment