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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,268 ratings  ·  175 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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?

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
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
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.
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.
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This is Wilber's overview of his philosophy of history, spirituality and human development. Having read some of his other books I found this one to be repetitive of other things and not as fully developed at his Integral Spirituality. He makes a clear case for an evolutionary view of human history, but he does not adequately account for the presence of evil. He recognizes that there are many barriers to human development but doesn't acknowledge a counter-force to evolutionary progress. This is t ...more
One of the best and most useful maps of the Kosmos ever conceived. A clear introduction to Wilber's seminal Integral Theory. Meant for the general reader, it is much less cumbersome than Wilber's more detailed and scholarly works. Wilber's effort is essentially an attempt to map together all known models of development from every field of knowledge, East and West. He discovers an elegant means of fitting them all together, which is brilliant in its simplicity and potent in its explanatory power. ...more
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
I found myself on a counter-intuitive path. More accurately I removed myself from the path (yes, impossible, I know) and began seeking in pages for answers. What a diabolic task, especially when aided by the institutions of "higher" "learning". Ironically, a person close to me that in some ways catalyzed my demise, and had never even read Wilber, introduced me to his writings. As soon as I began to ingest Wilber's words it was a breathe of fresh air. Given my mental impetus at play during this t ...more
Not as good as some of his others, but he admits this is merely a summary of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality. Wilber gets achingly repetitive in places, and the Q&A format is annoying as hell, so that takes away from the book and made it a pain to get through. However, his brilliance shines through in summarizing so much information (particularly re: philosophical & spiritual movements) and synthesizing it. I can't say his detractors don't have ammo, he can be incredibly narcissistic, pedanti ...more
Dec 10, 2007 Sylvia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who feels that they know only too litle.
The idea proposed by Ken Wilber is that the kosmos, and so are the entities which form it, consist of four quadrants: the upper left which deals with the subjectivity of an entity (I), the lower left which deals with culture, a collective subjectivity (WE), the upper right which deals with an entity which can be located easily so it is called objective (IT), and the lower right which deals with social structure, easily located, too (also called IT). To make it simpler, the four quadrants are als ...more
What a great book! I truly enjoyed it from cover to cover. Author might not be absolutely right in every detail he goes into (and he goes into LOTS of details), but I believe these are difficulties of interpretation from language of precise science into layman's dialect.

'A Brief History..' contains dozens of thrilling stories and puts a human face on dry science trivia. There are lots of anecdotes, facts that you most probably don't know, even thoughts on life and the Universe origin. We are eve
A Brief History of Everything has a title that defines itself. Ken Wilber, the author, attempts to tie all the concepts of evolution, history, mental epochs, and the way the Kosmos work all together in this philosophy-based book. This book was written in a Question-and-Answer-type format, which made it both interesting to read and easier to comprehend. I really liked this book because I believe that the more I know about how everything works together, the more I'll know about how I fit in to the ...more
J.B. Lawrence
A must read for all Yogis and non-Yogis who are seeking to develop their understanding of our place in the vast Cosmos of consciousness. This work of Ken Wilber's is written in a clear prose that will allow you to understand his points, and therefore inspire you to look inside and discover your own true Self.

That which is seen, is not the true seer.

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
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