Book Reviews

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Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory and The Origin of Matrimony by Lawrence L. Horstman are both now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

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Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory

The theory of evolution is said to be the cornerstone of modern biology. Unfortunately, like the rest of our infrastructure, this cornerstone is crumbling badly, and has been for some time. This situation has been concealed by stressing the factual aspects of the theory, but those facts are quite apart from the theory of how and why evolution happened as it did. A number of books in recent years have sought to expose some of the weaknesses in the theory but they have been brushed aside, usually for fairly good reasons, such as the fact that most of the doubters have sought to defend an almost equally dubious theory, that God did it all in seven days. The present book exposes a large number of serious flaws in the theory, many of which have been overlooked or ignored by others, and proposes instead a completely different explanation, the psychogenic hypothesis. This hypothesis holds that all living beings have minds, and that mentality is the real driver of all evolution. The foundation of this hypothesis was laid out in Book I of this series, The Lotka Hypothesis. This Book II shows how those concepts can be applied to a real-world problem, namely, to solving the mystery of biological evolution. The author believes that this book leaves no doubt about the truth and reality of the psychogenic hypothesis of evolution. It remains to be seen if the jury of readers will agree.

Horstman has spent most of his adult life in biological research, first at Cornell University studying mitochondria in E. Racker’s lab in the 1970s, and for the last 20 years at the University of Miami studying hematology in Y.S. Ahn’s lab. Horstman has written or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in these fields.

The Origin of Matrimony

Matrimony was invented according to Lawrence L. Horstman.

It was a wise decision…and intellectual triumph, a brilliant bit of socio-political engineering. An even more fundamental question: How and why did H. sapiens suddenly arise? The orthodox view is couched in Darwinian terms, i.e., that some sort of climate change, or sudden genetic mutation, suddenly launched Modern Man. In other words, the orthodox explanation for all of evolution is that everything was accidental, either by random mutations or by external forces like climate.

But Horstman has been led to a very different view, that species invented themselves, by way of novel strategies, discoveries, preferences; and that recent human evolution was no different in this respect. The same fundamental principle that drives the rest of the cosmos drives us. That principle is consciousness.

A Sojourn in Anthropology

Matrimony is so much a part of our lives that few pause to wonder about how it began, or why, or when. In the early days of anthropology these were very hot questions, resulting in a welter of theories, often contradicting one another. By the early 20th century, however, the critics found serious flaws in all of the old theories, and decided that the question of the origin of matrimony was unsolvable. More recently, those who call themselves “evolutionary psychologists” (or “sociobiologists”) have taken up the issue anew, unencumbered by knowledge of anthropology. We find that those theories fare no better.

This book presents, at long last, a theory that fits so many facts so well that the author is convinced that it is the one-and-only answer to the question of the origin or matrimony—the why, the when, and the how of it.

Of course, it remains to be seen if the jury of readers will agree. Whatever the outcome, at the very least, we’re sure the reader will agree that the origin of matrimony is a very interesting matter.

Lawrence L. Horstman is a biomedical researcher at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and has written or coauthored over fifty peer-reviewed publications in the field of hematology in the last twenty years. Throughout his adult life, Horstman has been seeking to understand man’s place in nature, the source of the mind, the essence of language, and the basis of evolution, biological and cultural. The four books in this series connect those matters under a single unifying hypothesis.

The Lotka Hypothesis, Book I, Elements of Consciousness

Lawrence Horstman is a published and peer-reviewed biochemist of repute who takes issue with the reductionist, mechanistic, consciousness-as-epiphenomenon interpretation of modern cognitive science, and indeed of the scientific mindset since the dawn of the discipline. He believes and makes quite a case that consciousness cannot be left out of the equation, as it were, in scientific inquiry henceforth. Horstman takes as his guiding-light model the hypothesis developed by Alfred J. Lotka, “a founder of mathematical ecology.”

The Lotka Hypothesis begins by offering a highly original perspective of the history of science, showing how certain dogmas arose to obstruct recognition of the solution to the problem of consciousness. It then moves into a step-by-step reformulation of Lotka’s hypothesis and a critical review of nearly all other books on the subject, new and old.

In his assessment of Lotka’s seminal work originally published in 1926, Horstman says of Lotka “…Only in his closing chapters does his thesis emerge: rather than viewing life as an expression of dispassionate chemistry, he views chemistry as an expression of the passions of life. This in a nutshell is Lotka’s hypothesis. However, this nutshell no more conveys the import of Lotka’s hypothesis than would a statement of Newton’s second law, F = MA, convey Newton’s system in the sense that a huge corpus of physical science arises from that simple statement, F = MA. Lotka’s hypothesis has the same potential.” (p. 115)

This is an important work that deserves wider recognition, dissemination and study. It is quite in accord with Ken Wilber, B. Alan Wallace and especially Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s understandings and expositions. Wolff, who underwent an extraordinary series of breakthroughs into mystical understanding in 1936 (“The Philosophy of Consciousness Without An Object”, and “Pathways Through To Space” – more info at: http://merrell-wolff.org) regarded science as a kind of inverse path (Cf., the face of a coin to its obverse) to a common goal of, for lack of a better word, transcendence, and in “The Lotka Hypothesis” we have the glimmering of the sea change that scientific inquiry will have to undergo and a call to arms for “bright young minds” to accommodate and further the revolution necessary for surmounting the box canyon science finds itself imprisoned today by essentially ignoring the anteriority of consciousness in all things.

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