DAVID LOYE *** EARLY BOOKS
Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution
(SUNY Press, 2004). Developed
and edited by David Loye, with foreword by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
and chapters by ten other members of The General Evolution
Research Group. Based on Loyes recovery and startling
reconstruction of Darwins lost theory and its implications for humanity in the 21st century,
other Darwin books being readied for publication include Darwins Unfolding Revolution and Darwin
in Love. Publication of these books follows publication
of parts earlier in World Futures: The Journal of General
Evolution, Zygon, Advanced Development, Brain and Mind,
Pluriverso, The Journal of Futures Studies, the Annual
Proceedings of the International Society for Systems Sciences,
and other publications in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
||The Healing of a Nation
(Norton, 1971; Delta, 1972; iUniverse, 1998) is a national
award-winning book on the history, psychology, and sociology
of race relations in America. It received the Anisfield-Wolfe
Award for the best scholarly book on race relations in
1971, previously awarded to Gunnar Myrdal for An American
||The Leadership Passion
(Jossey-Bass, 1977: iUniverse, 1998) is a pioneering development
of a systems psychology of liberals and conservatives
and the dynamics of politics. A major advance in
its field: Contemporary Psychology
The Knowable Future
(Wiley, 1978; iUniverse, 1998) is an exploration of the
field of futures studies and the development of the Ideological
Matrix Prediction (or IMP) method of predicting the future.
The Sphinx and the Rainbow (Shambhala
New Science Library, 1982; Bantam Books, 1984; with
German, Japanese, Italian, and Portuguese editions);
iUniverse, 1998) expands Loyes prediction studies
into brain research and development of a holographic
brain-mind theory for futures prediction.
An early look at what will undoubtedly
be one of the great advances in the history of science,
An utterly fascinating and original
book. Mindstretching and exciting, Ashley Montagu
The Partnership Way , co-authored
with Riane Eisler (Harper San Francisco, 1990; Holistic
Education Press, 1997) is a workbook and action guide
for applying the cultural transformation theory Eisler
outlines in The Chalice and the Blade and other
books to educational, social, economic, and political
||The Evolutionary Outrider:
The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution (Adamantine,
Praeger, 1998), a book of essays honoring Ervin Laszlo
edited by Loye, includes chapters by Karl Pribram, Fritjof
Capra, Hazel Henderson, Riane Eisler, Ralph Abraham, Alfonso
Montuori, Ervin Laszlo, Loye and others on the human impact
An Arrow Through Chaos (Park Street
Press, 2000) applies pioneering work by Loye to show
we have a far greater capacity for both predicting and
shaping the future than present chaos theory allows.
David Loye is one of those exceptional scientists
who can see beyond the confines of his specialty. Not
only can Loye see the larger picture, he can see it
exceptionally clearly, with an almost innate ability
to distinguish the significant from the superficial,
the truly meaningful from the merely fashionable. . . . I had heard of books that are unputdownable
before, but this was my first actual encounter with
one. Ervin Laszlo.
Darwin's Lost Theory: Who We Really Are and Where We're Going. (Benjamin Franklin Press, 2007). This is the considerably updated and improved replacement for Loye's earlier Darwin's Lost Theory of Love. See the following endorsements byleading scientists and educators for enthusiastic descriptions of the content and global importance for this truly revolutionary book, third in Loye's six book Darwin Anniversary Cycle including Bankrolling Evolution, Measuring Evolution, and Darwin on Love.
the Experts Say About Darwin's Lost Theory
Once in a decade or more a special
book comes along, of urgent importance to the intellectual discourse
of the time: Darwin, Freud, Jantsch, Lovelock. David Loyes
Darwins Lost Theory is this special. It represents the
culmination of the Chaos Revolution, and the critical application
of General Evolution Theory. It corrects an oversight in the
history of science which has swerved the modern world off its
track. It provides the key to the reintegration of the sciences:
physical, biological, and social. It can be the spark to jumpstart
the social sciences to a new golden age of relevance to popular
culture, by clearly showing how evolution theory bears on the
survival of our species and our biosphere. In this work Loye
has brought his unique erudition to an enormous and critical
task, and carried it off with genius. We urgently need this
book, and we need it now.
Ralph Abraham, mathematician and chaos
theorist, author of Chaos, Gaia, and Eros: A Chaos
Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History, Dynamics:
The Geometry of Behavior, and The WEB Empowerment
Book, Professor Emeritus, University of California at
Loyes rediscovery of the real Darwin rehabilitates
one of the most cited yet also most misunderstood scientists
of all times: Darwin the visionary, the moral thinker, not
the mechanistic random-evolutionist as his followers have
it. For this rediscovery not only biologists, and not only
all natural and social scientists, but everyone concerned
with our understanding of evolution on this planet owes Loye
a deep debt of gratitude.
Ervin Laszlo, founder of the General
Evolution Research Group and the Club of Budapest,
Editor of World Futures:The Journal of General Evolution,
former Director of Research for the United Nations Research
and Development Program, author of Evolution: The General
Theory, The Whispering Pond, Macroshift, and over 30
other books on evolution and systems science.
idea that Charles Darwin himself believed that the final climb
to human civilization required the enactment of a principle
of moral conduct far above the selfish gene concept
so prevalent in todays popular accounts comes as a surprise.
But the fact that he argued at length and with passion for
the recognition of this principle, along the way anticipating
scientific concepts from far beyond his time, and further
that this work has been utterly disregarded by the official
keepers of evolutionary theory ever since, boggles the mind. . . . Loye treats us to a scientific mystery story of the first
order. Taking us back to the final years of Darwins
life, in his home at Down and during the summer of 1868 at
his Freshwater cottage on the Isle of Wight, where he struggled
to find expression for the thoughts that would form the core
of The Descent of Man, Loye leads us with sure steps
through Darwins emerging work, and through the Great
Invisible Book that lies within, unfolding its vast implications
and leaving no doubt that Darwins long ignored plea
for a larger vision of human nature is still relevant in the
modern world and more desperately needed than ever . . . an
immensely important book with an engaging and easy style that
will recommend it to readers of all backgrounds and interests.
Allan Combs, psychologist and evolution
theorist, author of The Radiance of Being
and The Enchanted Loom, psychology department, University
of North Carolina in Asheville, and Saybrook Institute.
This is the most exciting, most revealing book on Darwin
I have ever read. More than any other, it has restored the
full grandeur to Darwins thesis as it evolved, as living
beings evolved, from the survival of the fittest, through
altruistic acts in social communities to the final affirmation
of a desire for good, more compelling even, than our desire
Mae Wan Ho, biophysicist and evolution
theorist, author of The Worm and the Rainbow,
Genetic Engineering, and editor, Beyond Neo-Darwinism:
The New Evolutionary Paradigm, biology department, The
Open University, London
David Loye passionately calls our attention to a part
of Darwins work that not only significantly modifies
his construction of natural selection, but does so more prominently
in The Descent of Man than many other modifications
scattered throughout his vast writings. Even a number of neoDarwinians
are now getting ready to accept some version of what Loye
identifies as Darwins discovery of organic choice,
usually under the label of self-organizing processes.
Stanley Salthe, biologist and evolution
theorist, author of Development and Evolution
and Evolving Hierarchical Systems, Professor Emeritus,
biology department, Brooklyn College of the City University
of New York.
This book is a block-buster and an old paradigm smasher!
I read it with a deep sense of its importance in counter-balancing
the biological reductionist myopia about our possible future
and the evolution of our moral sentiments. Congratulations!
Hazel Henderson, economics theorist
and futurist, author of Building a Win-Win World,
The Politics of the Solar Age, Paradigms for Progress,
and Creating Alternative Futures.
At the end of ten years studying the application of
chaos and other new theories to human evolution and researching
the moral studies of the founding fathers of social science,
David Loye unearthed a major scientific treasure: Darwins
hidden theory of moral choice. Carefully piecing
together fragments scattered in The Descent of Man
and in Darwins other writings, Loye reconstructs the
hidden theory and shows that Darwin believed that
love, rather than the selfish gene, is the prime
mover in human evolution. Loyes book offers an unparalleled
portrait of Darwin the social scientist, both in the range
and originality of Darwins thinking in what later became
the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and systems
science. Loyes book will cause a revolution in social
theory as diverse fields such as human ecology, urban studies,
population dynamics, collective organization, and the study
of culture and moral order are rethought and recast in the
light of Darwins moral theory. Darwins Lost
Theory is absolutely essential reading for every social
Raymond Trevor Bradley, sociologist,
Director, Institute for Whole Social Science, Carmel,
CA, Associate Research Professor, BRAINS Center, Radford
University, Radford, VA, author Charisma and Social Structure:
A Study of Love and Power, Wholeness and Transformation.
One of the central difficulties in modern biology is
how to account for the origin of those human features we are
inclined to consider superior, traits such as morality, ethics,
rationality, self-consciousness, and spiritual experiences.
The difficulty is that they must have arisen in evolution
from a manner of living that did not contain them. Darwins
Lost Theory shows that Darwin saw this, and that his vision
of a detailed answer to the question in terms of human emotional
and cognitive development beyond the basic operation of natural
selection has not been acknowledged. It is important that
this part of Darwins writing be recovered, as Loye does very
clearly and in a compelling manner in this book. Darwins
Lost Theory also provides important insights into the
cognitive processes of Darwin himself and the history of biological
Humberto R. Maturana, professor, Department
of Biology, The University of Chile, developer of
the concept and theory of autopoiesis, author (with Francisco
Varela) of Autopoiesis and Cognition and The Tree
of Knowledge, and (with G. Verden-Zoller) of Amore
e Gioco and other books in Italian, German, and Spanish.
grips the readers imagination somewhat as if glued to
watching him put together a giant jig-saw puzzle showing the
whole sweep of evolution in the light of both former and recent
thinking. I have been particularly fascinated by Loyes
discovery of the connection between Darwins projection
of the evolutionary development of the moral sense and my
own brain research. In the notebook of 1838 Darwin asked himself,
May not moral sense arise from . . . our strong sexual,
parental, and social instincts? This is point for point
what I found 100 years later in my own extensive exploration
of the primate brain in regard to primal sex-related functions.
I had summed up these findings by saying that in the
complex organization of the [evolutionarily] old and new structures
under consideration, we presumably have a neural ladder, a
visionary ladder, for ascending from the most primitive sexual
feeling to the highest level of altruistic sentiments.
I am very impressed with how Loye shows that Darwin expanded
this core insight into the full theory so long overlooked
in The Descent of Man.
Paul D.MacLean, M.D., Senior Research
Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health, evolutionary
brain theorist, author of The Triune Brain in
book makes an important contribution to illuminating the real
bases of human social behavior. The complexity of our mental
and emotional dynamical system argues against attempts to
account for all human social customs and structures in terms
of theories of the selfish gene or sociobiology
variety. Since selfish gene theories are often linked to Charles
Darwin, it is exciting to see a psychological theorist of
Loyes quality and productivity argue that Darwins
own viewpoint was not that of the selfish gene theorists.
Loye gets us into the heart of Darwins words and shows
that when it came to human evolution at least, love and connectedness
were regarded not as anomalies but as intricately related
to the entire evolutionary process. Altruism has for too long
been explained away as just a devious form of selfishness,
if not of ones own body then of ones genes. So
have other common activities that make us human, such as the
arts, religion, and creativity. Sexuality has been assumed
to be motivated solely by reproductive needs, and its pleasurable
and bonding aspects discounted, whereas Loye shows that Darwin
saw sexual evolution as the primary basis of bonding and love
in many animal species including our own. . . . Loyes
book will stimulate a dialogue that has hitherto been lacking,
particularly in academia. Discussion of love, partnership,
and concerns for the larger society has been largely absent
from professional discussion of behavioral biology, and sometimes
those who bring up such issues have been subject to professional
ridicule. Recognition of some major recent results, from experimental
psychology, neuroscience, and the mathematics of dynamical
systems and chaos, have improved the dialogue somewhat. Yet
this would be the first widely read book for a general educated
audience that lays out the claims for a partnership-based
approach to evolutionary and behavioral biology and ties such
an approach to the originator of natural selection himself!. . . Darwins Lost Theory will fill an important
gap. It will be a widely read and controversial book by an
experienced and thoughtful author with style and flair. I
expect it will become one of the major books of the early
Daniel S. Levine, theoretical psychologist
and neural network theorist, author of Introduction
to Neural and Cognitive Modeling and (forthcoming) Common
Sense and Common Nonsense, psychology department, University
of Texas at Arlington.
Loyes thesis is nothing less than revolutionary. In
a carefully researched and beautifully written work, he dramatically
changes our understanding of Darwin and of evolution itself.
Alfonso Montuori, Chair of Graduate
Studies, School for Consciousness and Transformation,
California Institute of Integral Studies, Associate Editor,
World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution,
and author of Evolutionary Competence.
Making It in the Dream Factory (forthcoming from Hampton
Press) is a 20 year systems study and hard-hitting critique
of the making, marketing, and impact of movies and television
programs on the American and global mind.
Besides many articles in magazines and journals, Loye is a
contributor of chapters in many books edited by scientists
and other scholars. These include chapters in:
the late Milton Rokeach, The International Encylopedia
of Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology
(Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977).
The World Encyclopedia of Peace (Pergamon Press,
Writing on the concept of evil, in The Encyclopedia of
Violence, Peace, and Conflict Resolution (Academic Press, 1999).
Creating a Global Agenda (World Future Society, 1984).
Hemispheric Specialization (W.B.Saunders, 1988).
The New Evolutionary Paradigm (Gordon and Breach,
Cooperation (Gordon and Breach, 1992)
We Two (Acquarian, 1992).
The Evolution of Cognitive Maps (Gordon and Breach,
Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow (Quest Books,
Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences (Lawrence
Unusual Associates: A Festshrift for Frank Barron (Hampton
and Other Misadventures: Essays in Honor of Ashley Montagu
in his Ninetieth Year (General Hall, 1996).
Physis: Abitare La Terra (Feltrinelli, 1998).
Social Creativity (Hampton Press, 1999).