In this six-week learning journey, we will explore the planetary predicament humanity is in with an empowering focus on how to guide the intentional cultural evolution of trust and cooperation at different scales. This includes real-world examples of landscape restoration where diverse people come together around the shared purpose of restoring rivers and bringing forests back to degraded landscapes.
Human beings are subject to the workings of evolution and are also aware of their role as shapers of the environment so as to consciously direct evolutionary change.
To speak of an evolution of consciousness as a natural event is to be committed to the idea that consciousness can be a further expression of something which is not yet consciousness but is a prerequisite for the possibility of consciousness.
An evolutionary teleological view would be that no matter where you are in the cosmos, that there is, under the right conditions, a direction toward more complex, organized structures (both physical and non-physical).
Entrepreneurs are not disconnected individuals, they are cooperating in a connected ecosystem.
Since cultural evolution is fueled by the creative efforts of human minds which, by anyone’s definition, are conscious, it would seem that consciousness plays a central role in cultural evolution.
To make the concept of conscious evolution fully respectable again, TVOL is pleased to feature this collection of commentaries by leading evolutionary scientists and philosophers.