- Paperback: 646 pages
- Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1st edition (August 31, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821407694
- ISBN-13: 978-0821407691
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ever-Present Origin, Part One: Foundations of the Aperspectival World and Part Two: Manifestations of the Aperspectival World 1st Edition
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What Gebser tried to do in this book was to give a kind of phenomenological grounding to the human being's experience of the world not in terms of Kantian categories, but in terms of various evolutionarily derived structures of conscious which the human bears within itself. That is to say, earlier consciousness structures, such as those of tribal man or literate man of the high Bronze Age civilizations, do not just disappear, but sleep latently within the psyche as valid experiential modes unto themselves. Certain life experiences will activate and call forth these modalities, and once the consciousness structure has been activated, it actually changes the very physics of the experiences which the subject has. In the Magical consciousness structure, for example, space and time are a point-like unity in which there are no dimensions, since the world is intricately interconnected through magical pathways like the songlines of aboriginal Australia. Magic actually, really does work when this consciousness is activated (hence the reality of synchronicities and the like).Read more ›
It is the single greatest book I have ever read.
So much of what is contained in this book either corroborates with, correlates to, or strengthens much of what the postmodern philosophers have done since Bergson, Husserl, and existentialism's hay-day. A main strength of the book is something I personally see as contained yet LATENT in the project of postmodernist philosophy at-large: the overcoming of philosophy itself and the overcoming of strictly dualistic ontology through an awareness of reality as a-psychic and a-physical, through something Gebser calls "verition", a spiritual awareness of things in their wholeness. Yet the most important thing contained in the book is the characterization of consciousness as a mutating structure that makes discontinuous jumps, the most "recent" of which is an awareness of time as a quality, not simply a quantity, and the ramifications such a consciousness holds.
In addition to this, the book itself is written soberly, with seemingly endless sources, data, examples, and a simply astonishingly vast scope that still did not strip the book of rigor and attention to detail, as is the danger in such a large undertaking. I can only imagine how limited my insights from Gebser's investigations are in relation to what future generations will take from his book. This book has hardly even begun to be understood. Read it; it will enrich you in a way that philosophy usually can't.
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Gebser was on of the first to understand how to investigate structures of consciousness. Ken Wilber used his concepts and went beyond them. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lorin Loverde
Gebser has written what has become a foundational book for the emergence of this new era. Dare to read it and dare to live as an Integral Being in an Integral World blossoming.Published on July 2, 2014 by Curtis McCosco
The Ever Present Origin is difficult and dense but richly rewarding. A second reading, of some parts at least, may be a good way to go. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Estersazzy