From the Big Bang to the Eight Primordial Perspectives

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Ken Wilber offers a stunning introduction to the major components of Integral theory and practice — a guided tour that takes us from the very first forms to emerge in the universe, all the way to the eight primordial perspectives that all of our knowledge is constructed from.

Part 1: From the Big Bang to the Four Quadrants

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In this first part, Ken shares how his work has evolved over the decades. He begins with his very first book, The Spectrum of Consciousness, which explored the developmental sequence that all human beings grow through. He then discusses how this sequence was expanded via the Good, the Beautiful, and the True, which soon evolved into the Four Quadrant model that he is so well known for.

Part 2: From the Four Quadrants to the Eight Primordial Perspectives

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In the second part, Ken takes an in-depth look at the 8 primordial perspectives of integral theory — put simply, looking at each of the four quadrants from both a subjective and an objective point of view, which reveals the eight fundamental “zones” of perspective available to us, as well as the sorts of methodologies that disclose each of these zones.

In order to make these ideas a bit easier to grasp, we also include multiple illustrations and visualizations throughout the presentation, which will hopefully help bring these ideas to life for you as you watch.


A brief summary of the eight zones in human beings

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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”.

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About Corey deVos

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