A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality

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murrie redman
February 3, 2016
The book is for a course and easy to carry in a purse being a Kindle book.
Illa Gibson
March 16, 2016
Great for a University Philosophy course
December 5, 2003
Though I have not sought refuge with Sidhartha I do like to sit and listen under the trees from time to time, especially if they are in a Garden of Eden like place. No doubt Ken, being the good Buddhist that he is, likes to sit under a tree from time to time himself. Over the years Ken has made an institution out of his own personal brand of Americanized Buddhism he calls Transpersonal Psychology. A bit of an irony but no big deal in and of itself. Ken tries to take an integrative approach to everything he writes about. For the most part his is the wholistic perspective of the Perrenial Philosophy. Additionally, in typical American style, he borrows what is useful and disregards what is not. He is trying his best to not only make sense of the world but to save it as well. His Theory of Everything may sound a bit presumptuous but I assure you his opinion is worth considering. He is not a saint. He is an academic. His voice is worth listening to without kneeling. Nor do I think he would want anyone to. He is a fine reporter of the things that concern him most. He is sincere and consistent. In TOE he does not so much offer a new theory of everything as publish a guideline for each of us, himself included, to keep in mind on our quest for wholeness. A kind of map and checklist for seekers on their way to Shambhala if you will. A guide.
July 13, 2003
...maybe especially for a skeptic, which I would consider myself. Having studied under Carl Sagan at Cornell and generally being firmly planted in the rational, I think only an approach like that of Wilbur's could get me entertaining some of the concepts I generally consider to be "out there." The reason is that he very inclusively maps a lot of belief sets and areas of science into an inclusive theory, that makes you know he heard your part of it, but points out there's more over in this other area (stage or quadrant or whatever). By being non-dismissive, he makes a more complete theory. I find myself applying the thinking in my daily life to things like evolutionary product design, organizational structure, etc.
The downside for me was writing style. I found Wilbur hard to crack, and it took a month or so of time investment in reading several of his books simultaneously for me to start to get it. Before I got it, I found him complicated and tedious. After I began to understand the general framework, I started finding him a bit repetitive (more in other works than this shorter one). I think this could be a challenging read as an intro course, without either some prior Wilbur or a reasonable grounding in a range of other philosophy/psych reading. I'd recommend either reading Wilbur's History of Everything or maybe "The Essential Wilbur" with this.
Nevertheless, this book is amazing, as is Wilbur, for his ability to synthesize so much information from so many fields of study into something so elegant.
G. Merritt
September 23, 2000
Read this book. It provides a thought-provoking introduction to Ken Wilber's "integral vision," a theory that attempts to integrate all things--science, religion, art, morals, physics, politics, medicine, education, ecology, sociology and business. Wilber observes that approximately 20 percent of the population is poised for "second-tier" integral transformation (p. 33), and that we are at "a branch point:" we can continue travelling the road of scientific materialism, fragmented pluralism, and deconstructive postmodernism, or we can pursue a more integral, more embracing, more inclusive path to travel (p. xiii). The book's first four chapters introduce us to Wilber's "Theory of Everything," and the last three demonstrate the theory's "real world" relevance. In the final chapter, Wilber reduces his theory to a personal level of "integral transformative practice." Throughout the book, Wilber's prose is conversational in tone.
For me, reading this book has sparked a fascination with Wilber's philosophy, and as a brief introduction to his writings, this book left me eager to read Wilber's other books to hopefully obtain a deeper understanding of his integral vision.
G. Merritt