From Polarization to Integration

Ken Wilber Cognitive, Conversations, Defenses, Integral Live, Perspectives, Politics, The Ken Show, Values, Video, What is a more hopeful future for civilization?, World Affairs, Worldviews 5 Comments

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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.

Ken also offers a fascinating “brief history” of today’s political parties, explaining how we can recognize different flavors of political extremism and emphasizing how important it is that we step beyond ideological polarization toward a much fuller alignment and integration of the fundamental polarities at play within and between each party.

Finally, Ken offers his own hopes and visions for the future of Integral itself.

Topics include:

  • Social Media and the Shape of the Machine
  • Polarization and a Brief History of Poltics
  • Quadrants and the Crime of the Enlightenment
  • The Emergence of Green
  • How to Recognize Political Extremism
  • From Polarization to Polarity Management
  • The Future of Integral
Be sure to check out the new Integral Life community! After deeply considering the many challenges and limitations of platforms like Facebook, we decided to launch our own discussion platform, which can hopefully help bring more depth and coherence to the online integral community by better supporting high quality discussions and authentic connections. Come check it out and say hi!

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Ken Wilber

About Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of 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.

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  1. Welcome to the new Integral Life Community! If you are on the video page and want to comment on this discussion, simply click “Continue the discussion at” below.

  2. Gostaria de saber se há uma transcrição desta conversa para que eu pudesse ter acesso ao conteúdo. Infelizmente não falo inglês e a única forma de eu ter acesso ao conteúdo de vídeos seria através de tradução automática de textos transcritos.

    Já tive oportunidade de baixar o texto transcrito referente ao vídeo “Wake Up, Grow Up: Enlightenment in the 21st Century” e através do Google Tradutor ter acesso ao conteúdo.

    Há mais algum texto transcrito de vídeos do Integral Life? Se tiver gostaria imensamente de obtê-los. Caso possa me mostrar onde encontrá-los ou simplesmente passá-los a mim ficaria imensamente grato.

    Aproveitando o momento, caso não haja mais textos transcritos, gostaria de deixar essa dica que, com certeza, ajudaria pesquisadores de outras nacionalidades a ter acesso ao conteúdo dos vídeos que são tão numerosos e de conteúdo atualizado.

    Abraços integrais!

  3. Olá Corey deVos! Gostaria de saber se consegue compreender minhas postagens? Fiquei curioso, pois não tive respostas aqui ou em meus tópicos… Obrigado!

  4. Hi @Guilherme_Franco,

    I can understand your posts after I copy/paste them into Google Translate :slight_smile:

    Which I will eventually install directly into the community, so people will have a convenient “translate” button. Seems like at the very least I should do Portuguese and Spanish.

    Let me know if you asked any questions I missed, just point me in the right direction or send me a private message.

  5. As for your prior question, we do not make transcripts for all of our material, thought it would be great if we did. The problem is, doing transcripts presents a major bottleneck to my content production workflow, since I have to a) get an initial translation from an AI transcriber, b) carefully edit the transcript to fix all of the many, many mistakes made by the AI, c) create a pdf document that is formatted to meet my own aesthetic standards.

    That said, I often go back and do transcripts for some pieces after I’ve published them, so we can still do transcriptions without delaying the original publishing. Which I will likely do for my talks with Ken some time down the road, so stay tuned!

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