Many strands... a new direction
This section brings together a range of topics that are often taken to be only loosely connected, within the cultural mainstream. These topics find a tighter integration than is commonly found, because of the particular treatment that I am offering here - which stems from my studies of the ground-breaking evolutionary theories of Charlotte Bach. The extension of this web-site into the such domains as ancient Chinese philosophy and traditional shamanic religion is also a consequence of Bach's work.
Bach's theory originally came out of her scientific and biological interests - and the implications for understanding and interpreting human cultures were not very much on her horizon. She was not aware that she was developing an over-arching theory of cultural and biological evolution; her interest was more narrowly focused on the question of how to understand her own sexual deviation - and this is something we will be looking at in another section of this site.
There are just two central points that I want to bring out, from the vast tangle of Bach's work, to illuminate this particular cross-roads you have reached in exploring my web-site.
1. Her conception of instinct-driven deviation from an instinctively driven biological pattern.
2. The idea that this biologically driven deviation could be the mainspring of cultural evolution.
This is the essential theoretical link, that draws together the three domains of biology, culture, and evolution
The arguments and conceptions that are presented here, however, do not all derive from the work of Charlotte Bach. They are a multiplicity of currents that I have been gathering together over the years, and seeking to integrate through my own researches and efforts. What we have here, is the common ground: from which you can explore:
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