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The Spectrum of Consciousness (Quest Books) Paperback – October 1, 1993
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About the Author
KEN WILBER is the founder of Integral Institute and the cofounder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is the author of more than twenty books, including A Brief History of Everything, A Theory of Everything, Integral Spirituality, No Boundary, Grace and Grit, and Sex, Ecology, Spirituality.
- Publisher : Quest Books; 2nd edition (October 1, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 385 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0835606953
- ISBN-13 : 978-0835606950
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #216,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The topic is fascinating and crucial to our lives, so you must arm yourself with patience to read this book.
Anyway, even though I got infuriated quite a bit by these issues that I hopscotched through the text sometimes, I would anyway read the book, it has some invaluable parts. I am just a bit grumpy that's all. :-)))
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This book is about, inter alia, the nature of reality. Absolute Reality being a product of universal Mind. It cannot be seen,described or pointed at (hence it's pointless). It's function is whatever we choose to ascribe to it (pointless). Since it is beyond words it cannot be spoken of and to do so resembles medieval debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin (also pointless). As you might expect, none of this is lost on Wilber, who appreciates the irony of attempting to make any definitive statements on the matter. Nonetheless this book is about the journey not the destination and he has many wonderfully profound insights to make along the way. Fair dues, he really can be brilliant at times, though he's not infallible and for example, his understanding of Jungian matters was, at the time the book was written, a little superficial.
My only beef is that the book is overly intellectual and frequently totally impenetrable. I've read a fair number of the source works he draws upon and they're a breeze compared to this. I can't understand the logic behind writing a book that is incapable of being understood by 99% of the population. It's pointless. If some of the greatest minds in human history are able to communicate their ideas in an accessible manner, then Wilber should do no less.