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A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality Paperback – October 16, 2001
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Being Ken Wilber, he couldn't resist answering these questions by folding the "Theory of Everything" into some of his own personal visions and theories. This overlay is presented in his signature straightforward, clearly written style. The upshot is that common readers can easily follow Wilber on a quantum journey and wind up with a lasting souvenir--a scientific and spiritual understanding of how the mind, body, soul, and universe all work together like a never-ending symphony. And that's just in the first four chapters. From there he shows readers the practical applications of this vision--explaining how it could lead to more integrative styles of business, education, medicine, ecology, and even how we address world conflicts. Wilber admits that this "holistic quest is an ever-receding dream, a horizon that constantly retreats as we approach it." Nonetheless, he can still take readers on an incredible journey--one that's well worth the price of the ticket. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A soaring tour de force and daring exposition by one of America's most inventive thinkers. Don't quit the search for an integral culture until you have given it a whirl—and take this book with you as a sturdy guide."—Professor Harvey Cox, Harvard Divinity School
"Ken Wilber is one of the most creative spiritual thinkers alive today, and A Theory of Everything is an accessible taste of his brilliance. Like a masterful conductor, he brings everyone in, finds room for science and spirit, and creates music for the soul."—Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Politics of Meaning
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For the newbie, first of all, Ken Wilber is considered by many (including me) to be among the most profound thinkers of this age. Wilber says in the introduction to this work that he considers this the best introduction to his work. Well, it is relatively brief, it outlines rather succinctly key aspects of his overall thought and then applies that structure to areas of common interest like politics, medicine and business. This is interesting and will give the new reader a glimpse of the profundity of Wilber's work, the breadth of its potential applicability and will hopefully stimulate the reader's interest in reading his more detailed works. I still think A Brief History of Everything is the best introduction to KW's work, though, because it masterfully presents an outline of Wilber's thought system in a way that leaves no important major themes out, yet manages to be both accessible and relatively succinct.Read more ›
It is thus with great disappointment that his latest book, A Theory of Everything, is not living up to its cover's promise--an integral vision for business, politics, science and spirituality. Because, in this book, we no longer meet the erudite Wilber we have become accustomed to. Indeed, this book's premise is far more challenging (and important!) than his previous ones.Read more ›
So there's this thing called spiral dynamics. Spiral dynamics is this theory that human beings all begin from square one and evolves through the spiral. The spiral is a social construct about the evolving consciousness. It's built of embed levels called memes and each is color coded. Color coded that's for kids... wait.
There's the beige meme. At this level (Square one) is where it all begins for the young human and societies. It's the meme of instinct and pure survival. The kill of be killed level. What's important to the person at this level, is food, sex, warmth and safety. We're talking early bush tribes here. The hairless talking monkey takes a stand.
The beige meme is followed by the purple meme. This is the stage where all things are magical and animism takes form. This is where humans start taking care of each other. The world is filled with mysticism. This is the age of shamanism and rituals. The sense of family takes shape.
Then it's the red meme. This is the Tony Montana level, the "the world and everythin' in it Chico" level. It's all about survival of the strongest and getting some respect. It manifests itself in feudal kingdoms, the story of epic heroes and the terrible twos. It's all about impulse and the ego.
The blue meme is where it all goes to hell in a hand basket. It's about purpose and authoritarianism.Read more ›
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Can you imagine writing a book with this title -- who would dare to write a book with this title -- could they possibly meet the challenge of the title in ANY way? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Louis Drew
Ugh. Pure hippy garbage. There's absolutely nothing scientific about this "theory." Wilber uses contrived, fancy-sounding words and footnotes to make himself seem more... Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Von Starkovic
Be prepared to stop on each page to digest the density of Ken Wilber and Integral Thinking. This is very powerful stuff that will leave you a little lost at times. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joseph R. Rafter III
In a Theory of Everything (TOE), Author Ken Wilber explores research based on a unifying theory of the Cosmos, Spiral Dynamics, and delineates 8 memes based on levels of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aprilia West
Ken Wilber takes his vast knowledge and awe inspiring information into an amazing "readers digest" of EVERYTHING. Illuminating and at the same time hard as hell!Published 19 months ago by Ann R. Levine
This book is a must read. It helped me see a very complex world in a new way.Published 21 months ago by Maureen
I would rate it a 5 stars and recommend it to anyone interested in how our expanded sense of consciousness affects us today. It is not an easy read, but one well worth the effort!Published 22 months ago by Christine Reinhard