Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition

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In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilber traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the ...

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Overview

In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilber traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceive of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.

One of the great thinkers of our time brings together sex and gender issues, ecological wisdom, and spirituality into a coherent vision for our times. In a tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilbur traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind, answering the critical question: Can spiritual concerns be integrated with the modern world?

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Editorial Reviews

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"A timely and bold wake-up call for humanity."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Hugely informed, outspoken, and deeply illumined, Ken Wilber's penetrating insights uplevel the whole game of understanding human beings and human history."—Branches of Light

"The scope of the work is extraordinary. Only a handful of thinkers, such as Aurobindo in the East and Hegel in the West, have assembled such vast evolutionary visions. Yet Wilber's view is unique not only in providing a far-reaching vision but also in grounding that vision in contemporary research in fields such as cosmology, biology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and ecology."—Roger Walsh, Resurgence

"Wilber possesses the rare combination of a deep, advanced spiritual practice with a sharp wit, brain power and scholarship to rival the finest Princeton Ph.D. . . . Sex, Ecology, Spirituality rewards the reader with a comprehensive, nondualistic, and sophisticated analysis of our world and consciousness."—Green Living

"Wilber's book is essential reading as a transplanetary survey of our problems and our possibilities. This is a book to live with for the next five years, and carry with you long into the next century."—David Boadella, Journal of Family Life

"Wilber is without a doubt one of the most significant thinkers of our time and brings a fresh understanding to our cultural situation and the prospects for an integral worldview in the next century. He displays a staggering erudition . . . a profound intuitive understanding and a highly developed analytical capacity. The combination is breathtaking. . . . Any thinker concerned with the big picture will find Wilber's work a gold-mine of insights which make compulsory reading for the 21st century."—Network: The Scientific and Medical Network Review

"Exhaustive exploration of the history of consciousness."—Parabola

"I think the most significant recent development in the field [of Transpersonal Psychology] is the publication of Ken Wilber's book, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality . I would encourage anyone interested in exploring the field in depth to read this volume."—Gnosis Magazine

"The twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber. This book, written with remarkable scholarly breadth and depth, is exactly the medicine we need for the new century and the new millennium: not because it will make us feel good, which it surely might, but because it can jolt us awake."—Jack Crittenden, Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is the first in a projected set of three volumes charting recent thought in the title's interrelated areas, the title itself being a slight misnomer since sex and ecology are the foci of the forthcoming volumes. Here, however, Wilber elaborates at great length several contemporary systematic theories concerned with the biological, psychological, spiritual and metaphysical aspects of life and the various evolutionary stages of each. He then offers an overview of spiritual practices that can lead to an evolved ``omega point'' of consciousness. Wilber, a transpersonal psychologist and the author of No Boundary, among other works, has unfortunately tried too hard to cram everything possible into this massive undertaking. The result is that even the hundreds of pages of notes (sometimes useful, sometimes merely repetitive) become a mass of ideas and names. Wilber is a well-read, sophisticated and energetic thinker; yet his style veers from the discursively expansive to the overly condensed. Those seeking A Theory of Everything will be more than satisfied. For others, the book's sheer length and lack of organization may make this a very frustrating read. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570627446
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 851
  • Sales rank: 477,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Web of Life 3
2 The Pattern That Connects 32
3 Individual and Social 79
4 A View from Within 109
5 The Emergence of Human Nature 153
6 Magic, Mythic, and Beyond 205
7 The Further Reaches of Human Nature 254
8 The Depths of the Divine 279
9 The Way Up Is the Way Down 319
10 This-Worldly, Otherworldly 345
11 Brave New World 370
12 The Collapse of the Kosmos 409
13 The Dominance of the Descenders 455
14 The Unpacking of God 494
Notes 525
References 765
Credits 798
Index 799
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Absolutely Brilliant!

    Ken Wilber is probably one of the most brilliant modern thinkers of our time. Among all of the books he has written, this one is 'The One' that really explains it all. What an inspiring piece of work! He brings together work in philosophy, spirituality, psychology, sociology, biology, physics and all other fields of study and convincingly explains that it all fits together if we look at it through this framework that he has developed. If there is a philosophical book you should read, this is the one to pick up. If you are not ready for such a comprehensive detailed discussion, read the other absolutely incredible book called 'The Ever-transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. The content is very similar but everything is explained in a much simpler (and shorter) way. Both of these books really deserve some mega-awards!

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