“Evolution acts in the sense of simultaneous and interdependent structuration of the macro- and the micro-world. Complexity thus emerges from the interpenetration of processes of differentiation and integration.”Erich Jantsch, The Self-Organizing Universe
The polarity of Differentiation and Integration is a fundamental dynamic in Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, representing the intertwined processes essential for the health, evolution, and complexity of consciousness and systems. Differentiation is the creation of uniqueness and distinction, leading to diversity and individuality within a system. Integration is the synthesis of these diverse elements into a cohesive and functioning whole, fostering unity and interconnectedness. This polarity emphasizes the importance of both diversifying elements to create richness and complexity, and unifying them to form integrated and functional systems. It’s a continual dance of separating and joining, where each process complements and requires the other for holistic development.
“Differentiation produces partness, or a new ‘manyness’; integration produces wholeness, or a new ‘oneness.’ And since holons are whole/parts, they are formed by the joint action of differentiation and integration.”Ken Wilber, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality
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Ken Wilber and Corey deVos
Ken Wilber and Corey deVos explore some of the causal factors behind so many of the regressive tendencies in our culture and politics these days, from new social pressures coming from social media technologies like Facebook, to the historic evolutionary trends that have formed and informed our major schools of political thought in the first place.
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About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.