About this site, and Shaun Johnston, its publisher

shaun johnstonI maintain this site to provide a platform for erecting theories of evolution alternative to Darwinism/the modern synthesis that celebrate our non-physical capabilities of consciousness, creativity and free will, that are the special province of the humanities. Having come up with theories accounting for the evolution of ourselves we may turn them around to serve as accounts for the evolution of all other creatures as well, and offer them as a new consilience to the sciences. The mission of this site is well expressed by an essay by Thomas Nagel published online at https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/the-core-of-mind-and-cosmos/.

This site is a project of "Evolved Self Publishing," the imprint under which I publish my other writings, primarily books. In "Re-thinking What it Means We Evolved" I present my preferred origin story, and point out how, by comparison, the physicalist account falls short. I offer that book as a model for how students of the humanities can engage in a humanities-driven quest for new origin stories. For more examples see Alternative origin stories.

I studied biochemistry at University College London and have since been a medical and science writer in NYC. I have written and self published two novels and a play, all on what it means we evolved. I am not a creationist, I am a secular humanist looking for alternatives to both neo-Darwinism and creationism, a third way. There is in fact already a website thethirdwayofevolution.com where fifty of the world's leading evolutionists declare their disenchantment with Darwinism.  

My current email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I live within easy reach of New York City, in the mid Hudson Valley. I launched the site in November 2010 under the name "Take on Darwin."  In 2015 I changed the name to "Evolution For the Humanities."

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