Category: Integral

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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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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Instruction Manual for Life

Reading Time: < 1 minute Just found this great video on YouTube (via

Integral Vision Mind Maps

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last year I picked up a copy of The Integral Vision by Ken Wilber. I recently decided to re-read the book, and created a comprehensive book summary highlighting the key pieces of information in the book. The book summary is presented in the form of mind maps for each chapter.

Hierarchies and the Birth of AQAL

Reading Time: < 1 minute Wilber makes reference to the birth of AQAL (All Quadrants, All Levels) in his work The Marriage of Sense and Soul – Integrating Science and Religion (pg. 63): “It is fascinating that both premodern religion and modern science have a defining hierarchy, and both of them are composed of enveloping nests of increasing embrace (development…
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Nietzsche, Eternal Recurrence, and Integral Time

Reading Time: < 1 minute Nietzsche and Integral Philosophy…. 2 of my favorite topics.  I’m in the middle of reading the latest issue of the Integral Review, and found a great passage from Nietzsche on recurrence: “What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as…
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The Value of an Integral Perspective

Reading Time: < 1 minute Whether it be Integral or some other comprehensive philosophical framework or mental model, there is something to be said for the theories that help us to grasp with better understanding the world around us.  I recently wrote an article on my main blog (Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn?) about Piotr Wozniak, a Polish…
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The Integral Vision

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ken Wilber’s latest book was just released last Tuesday (August 14th). The Integral Vision appears to be Integral for the masses. This great book, a little over 200 pages, is filled with some great illustrations and covers almost all aspects of Integral Philosophy. I would probably recommend this as the first intro book for digging…
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