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June 3, 2011

Integral Ecology Reading Group

The Integral Ecology Reading Group will unfold between several blogs and will include a number of people intimately familiar with both Ken Wilber’s theory and environmental studies more generally. Each week a participating blog will review that week’s readings and host discussions.

Intro/Chapter 1 summary has already been posted by Adam Robbert and discussions have started: here 

The schedule for the reading group is as follows:
June 1 – 7
Introduction/Chapter 1 - The Return of Interiority and Conceptual Framework of Integral Ecology
Host Blog: Knowledge Ecology (Adam Robbert)

June 8 – 14
Chapter 2 - It's All About Perspectives: The AQAL Model
Host Blog: Knowledge Ecology (Sam Mickey)

June 15 – 21
Chapter 3/4 - A Developing Kosmos/ Developing Interiors
Host Blog: Immanence (Adrian Ivakhiv)

June 22 – 28
Chapter 5 - Defining, Honoring, and Integrating the Multiple Approaches to Ecology
Host Blog: TBA

June 29 – July 5
Chapter 6 - Ecological Terrains: The What That Is Examined
Host Blog: Mediacology (Antonio Lopez)

July 6 – 12
Chapter 7 - Ecological Selves: The Who That Is Examining
Host Blog: Immanence (Adrian Ivakhiv)

July 13 – 19
Chapter 8 - Ecological Research: How We Examine
Host Blog: Integral Ecology Center (Nicholas Hedlund-de Witt)

July 20 – 26
Chapter 9 - Ecological Harmony and Environmental Crisis in a Post-Natural World
Host Blog: Ecology Without Nature (Tim Morton)

July 27 – Aug 2
Chapter 10/11 - Practices for Cultivating Integral Ecological Awareness/Integral Ecology in Action
Host Blog: Archive Fire (Michael)
Anyone who wants to participate is more than welcome to post their comments or questions on individual host blogs, or let us know if you post any commentary on your own site.

February 22, 2011

From the Population Bomb to the Dominant Animal

October 10, 2008 lecture by Paul Ehrlich during the 2008 Reunion at Stanford University. Professor Ehrlich discusses the changes in the environmental situation forty years ago and today, telling how humanity took over the planet, and how it is now using its dominance to destroy its own life-support systems. He emphasizes the critical issues facing the world that got relatively no attention in the recent U.S presidential election.

Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Biological Sciences, Bing Professor of Population Studies and president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, is an internationally prominent ecologist and evolutionist and the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards.

January 25, 2011

Dialectical Thinking as an Approach to Integration

The Development of Dialectical Thinking as an Approach to Integration

Michael Basseches

This article offers a description of dialectical thinking as a psychological phenomenon that reflects adult intellectual development. While relating this psychological phenomenon to the various dialectical philosophical perspectives from which the description is derived, the article conceptualizes dialectical thinking as a form of organization of thought, various aspects of which can be identified in individual adults' approaches to conceptualizing a range of problems, rather than as one particular stream of intellectual history.

The article provides a range of examples of dialectical analyses, contrasting them with more formalistic analyses, in order to convey the power, adequacy, and significance of dialectical thinking for the sorts of challenges that this journal embraces. It suggests that events in all areas of life demand recognition of the limitations of closed-system approaches to analysis. Approaches based instead on the organizing principle of dialectic integrate dimensions of contradiction, change and system-transformation over time in a way that supports people's adaptation when structures under girding their sense of self/world coherence are challenged. Higher education and psychotherapy are considered as examples of potential contexts for adult intellectual development, and the conditions that foster such development in these contexts are discussed.

The article as a whole makes the case for consciously attempting to foster such development in all our work as an approach to integration.

Read the Entire Paper Here: Integral Review - Issue 1 (2005)

January 10, 2011

New Evolutionary Landscapes

The Mountain Path, or New Evolutionary Landscapes

by Jeremy Johnson

Excerpt: We've fragmented our consciousness. But in a more multi-dimensional vision of human evolution, perhaps to fragment is also to venture towards a new whole.

Evolutionary cycles tend to go through relatively stable periods, followed by chaotic extinctions, from which life bounces back in new complex wholes.

It may be that the cosmos has a universe pull, a natural tendency to work in such an archetypal pattern of expansion and contraction. Teilhard believed it was the force of love that pulled us into greater complexity and consciousness, the force of the future itself, tugging life like the moon does the sea. Perhaps in the mind of an angel, the future and the past are not divided by the linear arrow of human time, but instead overlap and fold upon each other so that they are interpenetrating and intersecting at infinity. The eternal and the temporal are woven right into each other, so that our dimension is merely nested in infinity.

In the course of human evolution, many of us are theorizing and speaking about "evolving ourselves." But if we want to dance with the angels on the head of a pin, we are going to have to begin to think like angels ourselves. How are we going to speak of multidimensionality without beginning to at least open up to it?

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