FRANK VISSER, CLIMBING THE STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Reflections on Ken Wilber's The Religion of Tomorrow
I: The Involution/Evolution Cosmology | II: From Atom to Atman | III: A More Adequate Spectrum of Colors? | IV: What Is It Like to Be A Super-Nova? | V: Rational Reasons to Believe in Spirit? | VI: Is Darwin Really 'On Our Side'? | VII: Climbing the Stairway to Heaven - DOWNLOAD AS PDF
INTEGRAL WORLD: EXPLORING THEORIES OF EVERYTHING
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Barry McGuinness is a psychologist exploring the hidden depths of human nature -- what may be called our essence or soul. He runs the blog about the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, including positive psychology and transpersonal psychology. He runs Enlightenment Intensive workshops with his wife and lives in Bath. This parody was posted originally on October 24, 2009, on his blog.
The most important conversation of our time!
A Ken Wilber / Andrew Cohen Dialogue
I used to be a great fan of Ken Wilber's...
A number of things, however, have given me reason to adopt a slightly more critical stance to his work.
I used to be a great fan of Ken Wilber's. His synthesis of multiple perspectives on psychology, spirituality and consciousness was right up my street.
A number of things, however, have given me reason to adopt a slightly more critical stance to his work. I could and maybe should write a whole article explaining what I mean, but for now let me just point out a few things.
First, the fact that someone once referred to him as "the Einstein of consciousness theory" -- this was going way too far and possibly it went to Wilber's head. I think it would be more appropriate to call him the David Bowie of consciousness theory -- someone who (as Bowie himself puts it) cleverly puts together other people's ideas.
Second, why all the cool branding nonsense? Why the pop star packaging? Come to think of it, maybe he already sees himself as a kind of David Bowie figure. His website (www.kenwilber.com) is so self-consciously cool and state-of-the-art that it hurts. Maybe it's not Wilber's fault; maybe it's just his agent or his publishers or his, er, fan club. Whoever it is, someone is keen to push his bald, bespectacled visage as a modern icon.
Third, the teaming up with Andrew Cohen and their "radical dialogues" in What Is Enlightenment? magazine (now published online only). Just look at how these dialogues are described:
Many of the most significant leaps in human development have been achieved by those rare individuals--creative men and women--who have dared to step beyond the confines of the status quo to create something novel, uplifting, and extraordinary. Less renowned, perhaps, are the evolutionary advances that have been achieved by a creative duo--a pair of individuals working together, comrades and colleagues, who are driven by a shared passion to change the world for the better.
Andrew Cohen, spiritual teacher, and Ken Wilber, spiritual philosopher, are such a team. Mapping the evolving edge of human potential and exploring the states and stages of consciousness, they function like a spiritualized fusion of Watson & Crick and Lewis & Clark, seeking to discern the deepest structures of human nature while continually pressing forward into new and uncharted terrain.
Each conversation between Wilber and Cohen is on a different topic, but the underlying theme is always the same: "People need to evolve NOW, and it is up to us two, the most evolved people on the planet, to show the way. The future of consciousness depends upon us." One time when I read one of these conversations, I really thought it was a spoof. Sadly, it wasn't.
But that's what inspired me to write my own parody, which appears below. (Note that if you're not familiar with the Wilber/Cohen dialogues, it will probably make no sense whatsoever.) I mean no disrespect to either of these two wise and very spiritual men. I do, however, think they deserve a gentle poke in the ribs. I also think it's generally a good idea not to take ourselves too seriously. I actually sent this in to the magazine editors to see if they'd like to publish it in the mag. They told me that while they were all (literally) rolling on the office floor laughing, Andrew Cohen thought it best not to publish it "in case it confuses people."
So here it is...