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The Buddha of Wisdom seems to be a nice guy
on May 11, 2002
Speaking of Everything" is not just an interview given by an author about his writings. It covers many more topics, leads the listener much deeper and tells much more about human consciousness, psychospiritual development and deep philosophical questions than anything I have heard before in form of an "interview".
The conversation is led by Jordan Gruber, founder of Enlightenment.com (anyone interested in integral consciousness-studies should check this site) and publisher of various essays and Ken Wilber. Wilber, the so called "Einstein of consciousness", is one of the most widely read American philosophers and author of seventeen books as well as numerous other writings. He literally has drawn thousands of sources to create a genuine world philosophy model that includes more different approaches, worldviews, systems, and "maps of human consciousness" than any other model before. In fact these "Theories of Everything" can be seen as one big meta-map of the Kosmos and humankind in its evolutionary process. Wilber delivers the overview.
Now J. Gruber talks to this giant of knowledge and intelligence. And what comes out is a very relaxed, very human and partly very funny interview. In a concentrated manner Wilber and Gruber cover a lot of topics and discuss a lot of questions in philosophy, spiritual development, psychology, sociology, literature and a lot more. Gruber is well prepared and seems to be very versed in each of the topics. His questions are intelligent and very clear. At some parts I thought that he tends to speak a bit too rapidly, especially when he reads out texts, so that you may be forced to listen to the sequences more than once.
Wilber's genius shines through in many answers he is giving. Not only that he seems to be the greatest mind of our time, he also seems to be a very nice guy. He not at all comes across as this hermit-like person sitting in an ivory tower of wisdom, knowledge and spiritual transcendence looking down on the rest of us.
It's difficult to say, but probably the listener is pretty lost if he/she is not familiar with any of Wilber's ideas. The booklet offers a glossary in which many terms are explained but due to the complexity of some of the topics it probably won't help much. Anyway: I highly recommend this CD. It really transports a lot of the atmosphere around KW and gives you a good idea of his vision.