GAVIN HUANG con BEHIND CIVILISATION (English Edition)Darwin’s Theory revolutionises our understanding of the biological world. In parallel, this book is a critical breakthrough in scientific philosophy. It revolutionises our understanding of nature, particularly on civilisation, through discovering a fundamental mechanism which not only governs lifeless objects but the intelligence-driven civilisation as well. As a result, it unites social science with natural science, and further, science with philosophy. This discovery also provides an alternative to challenge the most fundamental issue, “theory of everything”.
As this mechanism is the most fundamental level, it is the foundation of similarity, including the amazing similarities between a human body and a society. Upon this theoretical basis, following the rules of this mechanism and using a human body as a model (symbolized by the naked human body on the book cover), civilisation is systematically investigated. As such, technological development and its consequential social development are understood from the most fundamental level. As a result, the human future have been successfully predicted and many historical puzzles have been unequivocally solved. These questions are: why could the ancient Greeks create a brilliant civilisation; why were there so many great thinkers; why did Scientific Revolution and the model of university education originate from Europe rather than from other places; why did the Chinese civilisation remain stagnant while the West was rapidly rising after Scientific Revolution. Even one of the long-lasting enigmatic question, “what is beauty”, is unequivocally answered once and for all. It is the expression of one of the fundamental laws of physics but it is not symmetry and the axiom that “beauty is in the eye of beholder”.
Finally, a conclusion is drawn: civilisation is a part of the evolution of the universe. The laws governing the universe also govern civilisation. This statement is also graphically expressed on the book cover: a naked human body represents human nature, the driving force creating civilisation. Like other lifeless objects, humans and civilisation are a part of the universe and governed by the fundamental laws of physics. This point is reflected in histories: our ancestries did decided our current situation because it is governed by the cause-effect interrelationship. The choice they made depended on their interpretation which had two symmetrical possibilities, correct and incorrect. Eventually, the things turn out to be asymmetrical - only one interpretation is correct. This whole process is governed by the interrelationship, symmetry-asymmetry. The theories in this book and the reviews are governed by these laws too. As the results, there are some comments like: “this book deserves ultimate recognition”, “enlightening and interesting” and opposing comments. Some find the book too deep but someone find it easy to read. Of all the reviews, Scarlett Jensen’s review are the most accurate, objective, comprehensive and professional.
Some reviews are amazing: “A Chapter on Beauty (the body on the Cover) seems to return to the old standard – ‘it is in the eye of the beholder’”. I am confused because this is not my writing and the law of physics behind beauty has been clearly mentioned 72 times in the chapter. Yet, 5 people mark this review as “helpful”. So, the only way to know the truth is obtaining the first hand information and readers can tell whether this book have solved those puzzles, or this book is “at the end of the reading the author has really only given his personal opinion on why things are the way they are. There is no concrete proof of anything, just lots of thoughts on why things are the way they are”. Starting in 1985 and finishing in 2015, I have gone through a long way. I am confident about what I wrote.
I am humble to have this opportunity to share the discovery with others and grateful to their disseminating the ideas to further civilisation.