Category: Philosophy

IPad Tip: How To Convert HTML to PDFs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since I bought my iPad a few weeks ago, you can’t seem to pull me away from it.  I have a number of computers, and while I still use my Netbook quite a bit, I’ve found that the iPad really is a fantastic consumption device. It’s great for downloading books from Amazon (via Kindle), reading…
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20+ New Philosophical Posts

Reading Time: 1 minute Earlier this week gaia.com (formerly Zaadz) closed it’s doors.  Since I joined a few years ago I would occasionally post some ‘philosophically-inclined’ articles. Actually, article is probably a strong word… most of my posts were short snippets/passages/or quotes from books that I was reading at the time, or links to some interesting articles related to…
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Feel Good Philosophy

Reading Time: 2 minutes I recently started reading The Truth About Everything, An Irreverent History of Philosophy.  I have to say, for a critique and history of philosophy book, it has been a very (wildly) entertaining read. I found one particular paragraph that stood out to me.  Being both the idealist and compulsive categorizer, I often wonder what drivers…
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Jung on Dream Journals

Reading Time: 1 minute The New York Time’s recently featured an article on Jung’s intriguing and much anticipated Red Book. redbook The Holy Grail of the Unconscious http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.html?pagewanted=1 A quote from Jung on journaling the inner workings of the mind and (possibly) dreams stuck out to me: “I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as…
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What worry would you like to let go of?

Reading Time: 1 minute The thought that time is somehow running out. Tags: QaR, worry, concern, letting go

The Value of Theoretical Models & Conceptual Maps

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the true benefit and practical application of uber theories like Integral and Spiral Dynamics? I’ve been thinking about this topic recently, and there were a few Twitter conversations (tweets) yesterday that prompted me too dig deeper: @ericschiller: How useful are models like spiral dynamics at helping us grow? Or do they just show…
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Spiral Dynamics Mind Map

Reading Time: 1 minute Today I officially started kicking off my research into Spiral Dynamics. I’ve had some superficial knowledge of the subject due to my exposure to a number of books on Integral philosophy. I recently came across the original book on Spiral Dynamics by Beck and Cowan and thought this would be a good place to start.…
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Joseph Campbell on Creative Incubation

Reading Time: 1 minute From the Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers (p.115): MOYERS: You Write in The Mythic Image about the center of transformation, the idea of a sacred place where the temporal walls may dissolve to reveal a wonder.  What does it mean to have a sacred place? CAMPBELL: This is an absolute necessity…
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Kant and the Big Three

Reading Time: 2 minutes Good overview of Kant and the Reenchantment of the world from Wilber’s Marriage of Sense and Soul (pg. 86): “Critique of Pure Reason (written in 1781) relentlessly exposed the inadequacies of monological reason to grasp metaphysical truths, and it basically marked the dramatic and historical end of that type of metaphysics. The death of traditional…
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Some Important Modern Pioneers: Baldwin, Habermas, Aurobindo, and Maslow

Reading Time: 1 minute From Integral Life: “In this excerpt from Integral Psychology, Ken Wilber honors some of the forerunners to his own model Integral theory and practice: James Mark Baldwin,  Jürgen Habermas, Aurobindo, and Abraham Maslow—intellectual giants upon whose shoulders we all stand…. Some Important Modern Pioneers: Baldwin, Habermas, Aurobindo, and Maslow From Integral Psychology by Ken Wilber…
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