Category Archives: Integral Chat

Is Climate Change an evolutionary tool?



Why do Traditional, Modern, and Post-Modern mindsets see climate change differently? Why doesn’t science settle the issue? And what’s it going to cost us if we can’t get on the same page?

Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver podcast stops in for another in an ongoing series of conversations we’re calling the Integral Chat. Jeff and Steve look at our world’s rapidly evolving circumstances through the lens of Integral Theory.

This week: Is Climate Change an evolutionary tool? Is it going to change us fast enough to deal with it? Is it getting hot in here or not? How can it be that three different types of people can disagree on the weather?

The voices in  the pre-amble this time are Terence Mckenna, Charlton Heston and, in one of the most “integral” speeches ever, Rick Grimes.

Once again, here is the helpful chart that makes Integral Theory easy to follow:

 

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The Bright Side of the Trump Apocalypse



President Donald J. Trump. Those words bring out a lot of emotions all the way across our political and emotional spectrums. Some liberals view them as Apocalyptic. Some conservatives think they are going to Make America Great Again.

But what if they are both right? What if the Apocalypse can be a good thing?

Most people associate the word Apocalypse with a myth about the total destruction or end of the world. That is what the word has come to mean, but as with many words, like “liberal” or “conservative” or “myth” to just name a few, the word “apocalypse” used to mean something else. And that original meaning is something worth looking at.

There is, of course, a great deal of symbolism implied by the word. In the Bible, the book most often associated with it, the Apocalypse can also be viewed as the total destruction not of the world, but of the ruling paradigm. In other words, Jesus came to change the world, in a sense destroying the old way of being in favor a new one. Hammurabi’s code of “an eye for eye,” for example, became “love thy neighbor as you love yourself.” And, symbolically, a new world was born with the destruction of one paradigm in favor of a new, more evolved world view. In another myth making the same point, the Phoenix rises from the ashes.

However, the origin of the word Apocalypse gives still another meaning.

ORIGIN
Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal,’ from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover.’

And the election of Donald Trump, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum, has uncovered and revealed a lot of things. Revelations open the door to new possibilities. Could it be that the Trump Apocalypse is opening the door for one or more new paradigms to take the place of old worn out patterns and practices that are no longer helpful?

NEW WEEKLY FEATURE: The Integral Chat

WYT is a new Podcast. And while we gear up to bring you many guests and fascinating theories in the future, this week kicks off a new regular feature we’re very excited about: Jeff Salzman of the Daily Evolver will be joining Stephen T. Harper for a series of conversations about a variety of topics, viewed from Jeff’s unique perspective and the lens of Integral Theory.

This week we take a look at the bright side of some of the many disturbing things happening in American culture.

Because there is always a bright side. Well… usually.

Who’s talking in the Pre-amble this week? Terence Mckenna, Donald Trump, Terence Mckenna, Donald Trump, Prince Ea

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Integral Theory



Human consciousness is in an ongoing developmental process that began millions of years ago. The biggest steps, the ones that move us from one level to the next represent major shifts from old paradigms to new. We’ve only taken SIX of these paradigm shifting steps in the last 200,000 years. But they are coming faster and faster. The last step happened about 50-70 years ago as a new, widespread and deeply ingrained global awareness arrived in the mainstream of human consciousness. The next step, and the massive change it will bring… is coming on faster still.

That next step in our development is emerging right now. And there’s good news (phew!). It looks like it COULD be the bridge between rationalism and spiritual awareness. It COULD be the answer to all our scary questions about the future. In the human race’s ongoing internal conflict to bring about competing futures filled with truth and beauty or… you know… Dr. Zaius and the Planet of the Apes, our next stage of conscious development is crucial. And it’s coming. Ready or not.

Jeff Salzman is the co-founder of the Boulder Integral Center in Boulder Colorado, he is on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Cultural Evolution, he is the Creator of the Daily Evolver podcast, and above all else, perhaps, as his resume indicates, he is an advocate and teacher of Integral Theory.

What is Integral Theory?

“Integral theory is a school of philosophy that seeks to integrate all of human wisdom into a new, emergent worldview that is able to accommodate the gifts of all previous worldviews, including those which have been historically at odds: science and religion, eastern and western schools of thought, and pre-modern, modern and post-modern worldview.” – Jeff Salzman

Join Stephen T. Harper and Jeff Salzman for some good answers to big questions…

Follow along with the conversation with this handy chart. You can learn more about Jeff and Integral Theory at www.dailyevolver.com

Who is saying all those fascinating things in this week’s pre-amble? They are Alan Watts, Terence McKenna, and Alan Watts again.

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