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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,143 ratings  ·  170 reviews
This account oftheplace of men and womenin a universe of sex and gender, self and society, and spirit and soul is written in question-and-answer format, making its grand ideasaccessible. An exemplary introduction to Wilber's integral theory of consciousness that draws from the wisdom of all the traditions of inquiry, these questions offer a series of original views on many ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Editorial Kairos (first published 1996)
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Sep 19, 2007 SpatialH rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Here's how Ken Wilbur would write "Three Blind Mice"

Three decrepit rodents
Three decrepit rodents
Observe how they motivate
Observe how they motivate
They motivate after the agricultural spouse
Who severed their rears with the culinary shears
Have you ever witnessed such a deplorable condition
As Three decrepit rodents.

point being... way too complicated a way to express the simplest concepts.
He's just making himself feel smart or something. V weird.
Todd Hansink
(This review was an entry on my blog.)

I was first exposed to Ken Wilber when I found his book, A Brief History of Everything, on my Dad’s bookshelf. (I am always attracted to bookshelves.) My Dad didn’t have much to say about the book except that I could take it. He told me that it was a selection of the Mira Costa College book group that met monthly to discuss their selections and vote upon others.

The book sat on my shelf for a couple years while I attempted to start reading it four or five tim
Nov 30, 2008 Kenny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just accidently dropped this book in the toilet so it may be a while before I get around to picking it up again.
This book is hard to review, really the rating is the mean between a 5 and a 1. Wilber is basically a self-taught philosopher who tries to articulate a theory of everything. By working outside the limits of academia, he doesn't have to specialize as much as other intellectuals. In this sense, his broad focus is refreshing and intriguing. Writing about consciousness, I appreciated the case he made for being able to look both at an individual's interior experience as well as looking at an individu ...more
I'm not kidding - this may be the best book I've ever read. It is the first book (of many, I hope) of Wilber's that I've read. It was recommended by someone I respect implicitly, and it did not disappoint. I wasn't predisposed to love it, mind you - his stance on Jung, his focus on Western Philosophers, his nearly constant criticism of ecophilosophers and ecofeminists to name a few things were all things that I don't particularly agree with, but I think his criticisms are valid and have place. T ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Rick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who fancy themselves philosophers
Dude is a genius (of the narcissistic variety - aren't they usually?). This book is sometimes hard to read, especially when he tries to reference everything under the sun. For those of us who don't know everything, the references become too much - looking every person and theory referenced would be like dissertation research. However, this relatively early (in Wilber's bio, that is) attempt at an umbrella theory of various aspects of life (psychology, spirituality, scientific discovery, etc.) is ...more
Pamela Wells
How does a Seeker of knowledge download 2,000 plus years of human history in a few days of reading? Easy. Read or listen to Ken Wilber's brilliant synopsis neatly packaged into an elegant model of everything. The "Integral Model" will change the way you view your own life challenges and the world's enormous geopolitical problems forever. I highly recommend this book and think every politician and college student in America should have this book in their collection.
Crap. An astonishingly deluded or mendacious philosopher attempting to integrate science and mysticism into one coherent world view, with the rather predictable result of abject failure.
A synopsis of his much more lengthy writing about why science, religion (and spirituality), sociology and psychology are not at odds with each other. If I could make everyone on earth read one book, this would be it.
Ted Child
More then anything else about this book, I appreciate what Wilber is attempting to do with his integration of Eastern and Western philosophies. I am doubtful of little and disagree with even less in this book. Most of my criticism of this book are stylistic. Foremost, is Wilber’s tone tends towards the pedantic, didactic, and patronising, which can be grating. Once I got past this I found this book more interesting and useful, specifically the second half (the first half deals more with developm ...more
The book begins with the premise that gender differences arose because women who participated in vigorous activities had a high rate of miscarriage. This is either: misogynous, naive, or stupid.

There needs to be a category for books "that I can't stand to finish."
This book put all the conflicting theories of philosophy, psychology, and religion that I had studied and contemplated for fifteen or twenty years into a single usable context.
May 12, 2008 Yulia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one I respect
How do you write sensibly about a book that makes no sense and, in fact, tries to make you question everything you've always thought was true?

Solveig C.B.
In addressing cosmic, biological, human and divine evolution, Ken Wilber impressively populates 500 pages worth of synthesis of Western and Non-Western spiritual tradition creating a thinking framework for everything in life. Wilber comprehensively dissects and re-assembles the parts and wholes of the ontology, epistemology and methodology for what he has coined as“integral theory”.

It feels like an impossible task to synthesize this reading into a meaningful review and make “A Brief History of E
It was weird. This month I read Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker and it referenced Arthur Koestler's writings on evolution, so I decided it was high time to read Darkness at Noon, then I find out that Koestler is the one who coined the term Holon, so I dug out Wilber. I read a little Wilber in college, but never finished the book. So, I read it today and liked it in parts. My main complaint with Wilber is he tries to square the corners of the Kosmos too neatly. I find him simultaneously empty and s ...more
Jun 20, 2008 Travis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Wilber at his pompous and condescending worst. The title and cover say it all. This book is pretty much and advertisement for all his other books. Some of which ARE worth reading, just not this one.
Ken Wilber is an incredible intellectual and author. He is a great source for those of us who enjoy exploring the crossroads between philosophy, science, and spirituality.
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Shishkebab Koegler
Wilber's premise that reality is made of of holons (systems that are in themselves wholes, while simultaneously acting as a part of another system) is coherent and his four quadrant approach (Upperl Left: Interior - Individual(intentional), Bottom Left: Interior - Collective (Cultural -worldspace), Upper Right, Exterior - Individual (behavioural), Lower Right: Exterior - Collective (Social - system) ) to understanding the nature of holons as they emerge and evolve is compelling. He argues, convi ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Phil rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thinkers
Phew. No way to give this book a fair shake by virtue of a summary.

Wilber throws a hell of a lot at you, and I'd be lying if I tried to pretend a lot of it hasn't altered significant portions of my mental landscape.

There are drawbacks, the most significant being that Wilber's tone can tend toward the flippant and patronizing, particularly when discussing feminism and multiculturalism--subjects that, as a white male, he is perhaps obliged to be a bit more careful about in order to draw in the gr
William Strasse
Where to start with this one? It takes some time but it is worth it. I believe there was some sort of portal that quietly opened up in the collective unconscious in the 90s and books like this were written. Some of us were ready for a kind of pragmatic spirituality and I believe more of us are every day, if on a much more unconscious level. This book is as cerebral as it is mystical...that last word is a bit of a dirty one for most of us, myself included, but if we are totally honest with oursel ...more
Only read about a quarter of the book and was determined to read more, but I dreaded picking it up and no one should feel that way about a book. I didn't like the way the book was written (Q&A format), I didn't like Wilber's pompous attitude, and if this is supposed to be a book for everyone, he needs to work on his layman's terms.
Julian Powell
This book actually changed my life. Shortly after coming to a personal realization, and trying out some meditation techniques learned online, I got my first copy at age 15 and it inspired me to visit Zen Mountain Monastery and start formal meditation training under the auspices of Zen monks. I studied Integral Theory on my own while going to college, and it provided a framework to situate and structure the rapid and radical transformations that took place in my worldview and sense of identity. T ...more
Michał Bartyzel
Jedno z podstawowych założeń budzi moje wątpliwości - orientujące uogólnienia. Wygląda na to, że Autor bierze różne koncepcje i abstrahuje tak długo, aż znajdzie jakieś punktu wspólne. Przecież w ten sposób można udowodnić, że wszystko jest wszystkim?
Ken Wilber literally provides a 'brief' history of everything, bonding together the different life studies and disciplines with his Integral Theory acting as the adhesive. Its contents are served in an interview format for easy, casual reading. Utilizing various philosophical and spiritual theories, Ken Wilber attempts to construct an understanding of the world using his AQAL map, which is very easy to understand, but leaves open a lot of unanswered questions.

My concerns with this book is that i
Linda Thibodeau
I need a higher IQ or maybe I should read it again. Ken Wilbur delivers science, spirituality, psychology all in one, with an integral approach to consciousness development. Very interesting but again, I need more simple language.
This book seriously messed with my mind through its grandiosity ( a reflection - acknowledge - of my own grandiosity). my conclusion: beware of books that try to EXPLAIN EVERYTHING!
Roger Buck
Not sure I completely finished this book whose brilliance impressed me at the time. However, Wilber's incapacity to understand Western spirituality would make this a tough read for me today. If only Wilber could read _Meditations on the Tarot_ written by an anonymous genius of the West, how very much might change ... Certainly everything changed for me and so I left the essentially Eastern "holistic" culture behind forever.

My book review of this life-transforming anonymous masterpiece: http://co
Dan Au
my brother's loss is my gain
see Integral Psychology

The invention of the plow changed everything. Before that was horticulture, and before that was hunting and gathering.

pg 6 - Women blame men for dominating them for thousands of years like it is some intentionally cruelly created conspiracy when men haven't ever been able to keep a government running longer than three hundred years. So there must be something more to women being dominated and controlled.

pg20 evolution must happen in leaps and bounds, half a wing mutation
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