This paper suggests ever increasing human knowledge of the world around us is the driving force for much social and cultural evolution. It examines the order of discovery of our knowledge of the world around us and notes this knowledge comes to us in a particular and necessary order from the easiest to discover to the more difficult to discover. The necessary order of the discoveries means they can be rationally analysed and understood and this enables the study of social and cultural evolution to be put on a scientific basis. It also enables us to make scientifically based predictions about the future for the human species.
Keywords speculative philosophy of history  scientific study of history  cultural evolution  macro sociology  macro history  big history  technological determinism  meta history  marxism  historiography
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