“The law of increasing entropy is the only known asymmetric law of classical physics, which is why it is considered the basis of irreversibility. In other words, the essence of physical time is that the world must inevitably keep getting ‘worse’: more primitive, more chaotic, more uniform. And consequently, our permanence in this world must be recognized as … absolutely unnatural and contrary to the laws!”
This paragraph is from the book Nonlinear Future by Russian psychologist and sociologist Akop Nazaretyan (1948-2019), translated from Russian into Spanish by Hugo Novotny. The book is a true revelation in terms of an integrated understanding of social, political and historical psychology; historical sociology and cultural anthropology; the history of religious and secular morality; the methodology and history of science; and Big History (Weltall Geschichte, human history as a phase in the evolution of the Universe).
Personally, Akop has given me a vast vision of what history, or mega-history, is; but more than anything, he’s given me an open hope for the future and a correct interpretation of the past based on that “unnatural” intentionality acquired by human beings as a species.
Much of what I’ve read has confirmed intuitions, and it has also led me to discover that a different, global, integral and positive perspective of our development and the development of the universe truly exists in the scientific world. Even though my scientific education is practically non-existent and I understand only half of what I read, I always finish the reading and study of each chapter with a feeling of lightness and hope. His methods and the way he explains historical processes fill me with an almost absurd confidence that humanity is going in the right direction and that despite our whole history of calamities, committing abuses and producing tragedies intentionally or by chance, our direction in terms of progress has been unequivocal in every sense.
Yes, in every sense, but more than anything in a humanistic, spiritual and scientific sense or direction. I have experienced this as a great internal opening of trust and faith in our future as a species, and staying as reasonable as possible, I also experience it as an encounter with the inner divinity that precedes us and at the same time is propelling us towards the future.
Finally, through Akop’s words science and spirit are fully reconciled, opening an enormous breach in negativity, realism, naturalism and all the visionless and dead-end “isms” that have historically been presented to us as “indisputable reality.” This work is a breath of fresh air that makes us rethink history and its future possibilities…
December 14, 2020