Creator of sociology A.Comte developed one from firsts modern theory of science. Main domains - astronomy and mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, sociology - today at next place we can add psychology, he ordered according to the diminishing degree of the generality - diminishing range, from astronomy to sociology, to which accompanies the growth of the complexity of investigated phenomenones . Whereat every domain previous following determines for its indispensable base. From this theory results clearly that sociology investigates most complexity phenomenones and needs proper methods but strongly analogical to methods of physics or biology. The antipositivistic sociology being expression of unripeness transfers sociology into a sphere of pseudoscience and rubbish.
As biology come its own generally obligatory paradigmatic theory which is theory of evolution, similarly and even earlier became with sociology. Thus levering of the importance of theory of evolution aground of sociology is similar to levering the importance of theory of evolution aground biology. Both undertakings are in the same way nonsensical and unscientific. 2. A.Comte developed also theory of progress of knowledge being simultaneously one of most general conception of social progress, cyt. (The positive philosophy of Auguste Comte, freely translated and condensed by Harriet Martineau, chapter I):
"From the study of the development of human intelligence, in all directions, and through all times, the discovery arises of a great fundamental law, to which it is necessarily subject, and which has a solid foundation of proof, both in the facts of our organization and in our historical experience. The law is this: that each of our leading conceptions - each branch of our knowledge - passes successively through three stages: the theological, or fictitious; the metaphysical, or abstract; and the scientific, or positive. In other words, the human mind, by its nature, employs in its progress three methods of philosophizing, the character of which is essentially different, and even radically opposed : namely, the theological method, the metaphysical, and the positive. Hence arise three philosophies, or general systems of conceptions on the aggregate of phenomena, each of which excludes the others. The first is the necessary point of departure of the human understanding, and the third is its fixed and definitive state. The second is merely a state of transition.
...The progress of the individual mind is not only an illustration, but an indirect evidence of that of the general mind. The point of departure of the individual and of the race being the same, the phases of the mind of a man correspond to the epochs of the mind of the race. Now, each of us is aware, if he looks back upon his own history, that he was a theologian in his childhood, a metaphysician in his youth, and natural philosopher in his manhood. All men who are up to their age can verify this for themselves." 3. Models are a basic component of the scientific explanation and one of bases for building of a theory. It is worth to notice that organicism or organic analogy was a model and not an metaphor. For a development of culture biomorphotical model seems to be useful - similarly as in a field of physics a good model of a structure of atom it proved to be a planetary system. But Comte did not descry, probably because that in his times this phenomenon was not yet clearly visible, that last period of development of civilization had impetuous character. What corresponds with biomorphotical model but only in its more exact kind. We can agree that "phases of the mind of a man correspond to the epochs of the mind of the race" but metaphorical partition of Comte on phases childhood, youth and adulthood isn't fully precise. It is known that adulthood phase is preceded by a period of ripening, following after a period of childhood. Just in this period we are found at present. It have started not long ago, about year 1500 and characterize it accelerated and even impetuous development, demographic, civilizational and technical.
Applied effectively in my general theory of evolution (see map of my texts) logistic development (diag . 1) is best fitted for its description. Till now unsolved problem what means that stormy social development can find a clear explanation aground of proposed theory. diagram 1. Logistic development However this process did not run correctly because in second half of twentieth century have led to overpopulation - that is to say so called populational gigantism, ripening leads to outgrown later phase what is connected with generally low intellectual level of population and relatively weak organization of societies. Overpopulated areas look like slums, what concerns all great metropolises and strongly urbanized regions (e.g. Silesian conurbation, Poland). Normal cities have from couple hundreds thousands of inhabitants to maximum two millions and as a metro to couple millions. Overpopulation makes gradually for serious social and even biological degradation of inhabitants of overpopulated areas. An accelerative demographic development which starts about year 1600, should stop in 50's of XX century, at the level of 2,8 billions (in Europe milliards) - average population density 28/km^2. According to Comte's conception religion belongs to childish phase of development of civilization, whereas metaphysics to youthful phase. His theory assumes besides that basic fields of natural sciences entered already to phase of adulthood, passing previously through phases religious and metaphysical.
But more exact analysis of chronology of development shows that culture only began to go out from period of intellectual childhood so metaphysics and philosophy we should count to first phase with religion, besides that no domains of sciences not yet reached even the phase of youth. This is one from basic differences between our conception and conception of Comte - period of youth only comes, whereas at present we are within a period of ripening.
Thus schema of development phases breaks up on four and not on three stages - childhood, ripening, youth and adulthood. First is religious , mythological and philosophical phase, last is scientific and technical phase. Two previous adulthood stages we can describe as connection of phase first and fourth in different proportions. Whereat coming period of youth can appear in unripe variant religious -scientific (and philosophical-scientific) form, or in variant ripe speculative-scientific depending on further direction of development and depending on abilities from dealing with problems which stay in front of period of ripening which is mixture of religion, philosophy, pseudoscience and science. Dependently from this reach period of adulthood will be possible more quickly, will very lengthen or will reach a true ripeness will become at all not possible in a cycle of development of Homo sapiens culture lasting tens thousands of years. diagram 2. Ripening of civilization In first period dominated fictitious and delusional representations mythological and religious. Which anyway till today kept the vitality. Still at the beginning the twentieth century came into being the theosophical sect proclaiming the existence of elves, gnomes, and sylphs. The religious phase splits on several periods, however possesses certain basic guilds. The faith into sylphs and gods is in fact the same thing, and is based on the appeal to rubbish and fictions. In the last, most shorter phase of this stage to fictions of religion joined yet fictions of metaphysical and philosophical speculation, almost always as same as religion detached completely from the reality. Present stage of ripening of culture leads from religious and philosophical superstitions to more scientific stage of youth. 4. General civilizational megaevolution is leading from simple religious culture to complex cosmical culture. It consists of three main subprocesses connected with three types of civilization, dependently from their cosmic range: diagram 3. Sociomegaevolution - Type I, planetary, is connected with transition inside simple religious culture, about 10000 BC
- Type II, civilization which is entering in interplanetary space, is connected with transition from simple religious culture to complex scientific culture, present and future time
- Type III, which is entering in interstellar space, far future
5. Psychology can appear as domain extremely helpful for build of sociological theory. If because in psychology must prevail cognitive paradigm then also as same must be in sociology, because social processes are resultant of individual processes. Thus society can be seized as system of transmission of data, informations, knowledge, cognition. Completed by transmission of consumer goods, effects of production, money, interpersonal and emotivic relations. It is worth to see that a notion of system is here understood unlike in hitherto existing sociological theories. In society occur cognitive processes, such as reasoning, inference, learning, remembering, creativity. Society as a whole can think, independently from thinking of individuals - this is following metaphor but quite useful.
But level of social thinking is low. Thence so characteristic for the society logic of the crowd, bandwagon, group thoughtlessness, different media tomfoolery. Cognitive social processes are the resultant of individual processes, and the average of these processes oscillates round the value 100 IQ. Such is also the intelligence of the society as information system. Generally we can say that society is a system witless and ineffective. Choices made by it are most often wrong, widespread opinions false, stupid and deleterious.
Such looks image of the whole of society, but it is possible divide in it in fact three societies, society let us call it cognitively exclusive, society cognitively medial and society cognitively poor.
Such divide however does not overlap on other kinds of social stratification, such as stratification of the wealth. Often also it does not cover even with stratification of education. For example most of academical staff are persons intellectually poor and unproductive. Of course such opinion is discordant with general opinions of society (because after all some opinions this "system" possesses) although it is true - this is a good example of this as right opinions and views usually don't cover with opinions and views of society.
Other example, above 90% of society confesses such or other religion, believes in some version of God. These views are completely false and deleterious however still penance and surely long will penance before cognitive social "system" will learn to deny them. And the learning of this system lasts usually very long. In statistics logistic model connects with normal distribution model which is perfectly fitted to describing of social structure.
diagram 3. Sociostructure 6. Social "thinking" does not avoid also the environment of sociologists. Widespread in present sociological environments belief about rightness and importance of the theory of M.Weber on the subject of rising of capitalism and his other conceptions is comical. Apart from this that Weber itself was poor explorer, his theory concerning capitalism is completely false. Whole his "intellectual" activity can be treat as indication of intellectual immaturity and stupidity. Whereas the degree of the acknowledgement of this "theory" in the environment of academical sociologists is an excellent example of this what is social stupidity.
Firstly notion of the capitalism itself which uses Weber is doubtful. Was introduced by Marx, within the framework of his unripe theory. Instead of the notion of the capitalistic society, often is using better notion of industrial society. If we will use this notion then axled will be problem of rising of industry, and for this base determine a development of technics and machines, where axled meaning had an invention of steam engine. Thence a base of development of capitalism in decisive phase was development of technics.
If beginnings of capitalism reach XIII and XIV century then it couldn't rise with participation of protestant religion because it appears much later in XVI century. Rising of capitalism connects exactly with fall of Middle Ages and with large weakness of influence of religion . If fall of Middle Ages tied in with rising of capitalism then further weakness of religion tied in with his development - a basic factor was not religion but its absence. Thus was exactly inversely than assumes completely wrong 'view' of Weber. Similar "theory" concerning of rising of experimental science assumed by R.Merton should be acknowledge also as an expression of witless. Regarding Marx, his conception [marxism or hegelianomaterialism] is as same as conceptions of Weber an indication of general immaturity and stupidity. Modelled on witless system of Hegel, seized unclearly, from a foundation false.
About its falseness should testify so called prognoses of Marx concerning future which would have completely to pass with reality, so called because from his unclear and idiotic writings it is difficult to read anything. Bankruptcy of cretinous communist systems have showed emptiness of Marxism and boundlessness of stupidity of these which decided thoughtlessly come after Marx. And it was a wide social phenomenon. Still today Marx finds supporters and continuators also in academical environments - fundamental assumption of so called theory of conflict is erroneous, because not conflict but cooperation (solidarity) is base of society. Without it it would not be able arise or exist. This theory is also from its nature mistaken because refering to marxism, itself is a basic error. So called critical theory is a kind of aristotelianohegelianism that is to say deliration. On the other hand deleterious and even sickness anarchism. 7. Antipositivistic sociology, fascism, communism, racism, chauvinism, terrorism, terror, genocide, hegelianism, kantianism, irrationalism , antinaturalism, socratism, platonism, anti semitism, aristotelism, christian philosophy, islam, christianity, popperism, anarchism, left , notional anarchism, theism, monotheism, marxism, vulgarness, theologism, nazism, hitlerism, totalitarianism these notions can be practically mention together.
Nota bene other "known" German can soon have "a significant" influence on social phenomena. One can believe or not into theory of reincarnation, but for my money this is one from few religious conceptions which is valid - of course after certain and pretty thorough corrections, for example conception of karma is in big degree a superstition. Now in years 2030-2060 or 2090-2120 (what less probable, similarly as admissible whole range 2040-2110), it can be expected following public activity of A.Hitler. This information can appear insomuch important that probably he will lead to unleashing of nuclear war, what predictably will cause annihilation of biosphere (more in my text Return of a big danger...). 8. Characteristics of extended theory of evolution of Spencer, presents as follows - process of evolution is an integration of matter, whereat matter passes from a state of undefined, incoherent homogeneity, simplicities, primordialities, physicalnesses, unformed, amorphisms, homogeneity, homomorphism to a definite, coherent variety, modernities, complexities, cultural, formation, dimensionality, heterogenicity, polymorphism. Conclusions from characteristics - process of evolution possesses distinguished properties. 9. A great contribution of Comte was formulation of full conception of cognitive development, that is to say important part of basic paradigm of sociology. Mistake of later evolutional conceptions was concentrating on secondary proprieties of development. It is worth to notice that presented by me theory creates homogeneous cognitive sociological theory. Gregory Podgorniak, Poland (2008) [* 2012 certain extensions] about the author, My name is Gregory Podgorniak (brn. 01.1977, Szczecinek, West Pomerania, Poland). I am working on field of natural as well as social sciences. During studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (1996-1999) I was actively act in student scientific organisation, got a scientific scholarship, and one from my articles titled Circulus vitiosus and fourfold petitio principii in the system of Descartes was published in Humanistic Drafts of Publishing House of Humaniora Foundation in Poznan, no. 6, 1998. Unfortunately certain fate events made impossible to me continuing studies to master's and later doctor's degree (while in Poland the system of education is amiss constructed, age limit for doctoral studies amounts 35 years). Thence I was forced to be content only with a title of bachelor. email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org see also map of my texts go top