Entelechy: Online journal of ideas with an evolutionary flavor


SUNY New Paltz Psychology department faculty member Alice Andrews is the editor and publisher of an online journal, Entelechy: Mind and Culture. Entelechy (see review at left) publishes an eclectic mix of poetry, short fiction, essays, and visual art and makes for stimulating browsing. Evolutionary biology is a central theme. The “about” page describes it as follows.

Concerned with ideas — psychological, philosophical, spiritual, scientific, political, mathematical, semiotic, memetic, postmodern, evolutionary, and revolutionary.

Darwin-touched — Evolutionary fiction and biofiction; Darwinian literary criticism; as well as essays, art, poems, and reviews with evolutionary themes.

Visionary — e.g., work by artists and writers who want to connect with their audience; who are driven to heal or raise the consciousness of their audience (i.e., who are compelled to affect their audience emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, aesthetically, morally); who are fearless in style and content.

3rd-culture —i.e., work which attempts to bridge the arts and humanities with science. Work, then, by artistic and literary scientists; as well as scientific/science-interested writers and artists, and anything in-between and beyond.

Many contributions highlight sexuality, attraction, romance, and beauty, enlightening them as lived experiences of human relationship, expressions of desire—and as an element of human biology, and so, a product of our evolution.

Andrews has explored this area in a novel, Trine Erotic, described at Amazon.com as follows:

[P]erhaps the first novel to explore evolutionary psychology (the new ‘science of the mind’). This ‘novel of ideas’ — what author Andrews calls ‘evolutionary fiction,’biofiction,’ and ‘meta-seductive fiction’– also explores why we write: to seduce (as mating strategy), to process, to heal ourselves and ultimately readers, to find meaning.

The latest issue on the web site is Fall 2009, issue #9, and a message on the home page states that the journal is not accepting new submissions. There is plenty of browsing still to be had. It would be unfortunate if the publication were closing down for good.

Andrews is helping to set up an Evolutionary Studies program at New Paltz, on the model created by David Sloane Wilson and colleagues at SUNY Binghamton. Best luck, Alice, in your efforts!

One thought on “Entelechy: Online journal of ideas with an evolutionary flavor

  1. Hatsune

    As you know, I am strongly sutporpive of your position and concerns expressed above. I and many others like yourself are particularly making an effort to promote the practical, applied aspects of evolutionary thinking. I suggest that those of us who are dedicated to advancing the acceptance and use of evolutioinary thinking to advance an understanding of and an improvemnt in the human condition via evolutionarily informed approaches need to develop an effective set of methods to lay the foundation for an acceptance of the value of evolutionary thinking. I don’t believe that this has been done to date.One suggestion is that we learn from healthcare that treating those who are already ill, is not the most effective approach or only remedy for the problem facing healthcare providers. There are just not enough resources allocated to preventive efforts in healthacre or, as I see it, in our effots to get evolutionary thinking in the mainstream. Yes, attempting to address and convert those who are resistant to Evo in higher education is necessary but it’s like treating those already afflicted (with Evo-rejection syndrome) and that road is a tough one to travel and to make headway. I suggest that the approach be augmented by addressing those educators at the elementary and high school levels. This is more akin to prevention and reducing the Evo-rejection disorder . I recall others in the recent past talking about creating course work on evolution for lower education. In addition we need more exposure via public media, (Internet, TV, radio, newpapers, magazines and DVDs) to educate readers, listeners and viewers in a nonconfrontational manner, avoiding disrepect for others’ positions on religion and creationism. This needs a lot of thoughtful planning and it will take patience and persistence but I think it will pay off in the long run. There is no quick fix here. I suggest we get together to do this planning.

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