The 8 Perspectival Zones of Emergence

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The eight zones refer to the eight dimension-perspectives available to all human beings. They are the eight primordial or indigenous perspectives (and ontological zones) available to sentient beings. Methodologies associated with the eight zones include:

Zone 1 (the inside of the Upper-Left): Phenomenology, introspection, contemplation, and/or meditation
Zone 2 (the outside of the Upper-Left): Developmental structuralism
Zone 3 (the inside of the Lower-Left): Hermeneutics, collaborative inquiry, and/or participatory epistemology
Zone 4 (the outside of the Lower-Left): Cultural anthropology, ethnomethodology, culturology, archaeology, and/or genealogy
Zone 5: (the inside of the Upper-Right): Biological phenomenology, cognitive neurophysiology, cognitive science in general, and/or autopoiesis
Zone 6 (the outside of the Upper-Right): Behaviorism, positivism, and/or empiricism
Zone 7 (the inside of the Lower-Right): Social autopoiesis and/or game theory
Zone 8: (the outside of the Lower-Right): Systems theory, component systems theory, chaos and complexity theories, and/or network science

Each of these eight perspectives has an inherent methodology or mode of inquiry, or ways that sentient beings touch other sentient beings by enacting those zones.

In this excerpt from Integral Spirituality: A Deeper Cut, Dennis Wittrock asks whether there are structural preconditions for the enacting of certain zones, whether zones unfold with respect to increasing cognitive development, whether certain zones were even available at earlier times in history, and whether there are “premodern,” “modern,” and “postmodern” zones.

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Module 1 Introduction: The Integral Approach
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Markers of Development
Unit 3 Full Enlightenment
Unit 4 Uniting Multiple Disciplines
Unit 5 Misinterpreting States and Stages
Module 2 Integral Methodological Pluralism
Unit 1 Quadrants and the "Big Three"
Unit 2 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-Person Perspectives
Unit 3 Kosmic Address and the Pauli Exclusion Principle
Unit 4 Spiritual Practice and Cultural Embedment
Module 3 Stages of Consciousness
Unit 1 Ken's Introduction
Unit 2 Privileging Those Without Privilege
Unit 3 Moving Multiple Lines
Unit 4 The Role of Will
Unit 5 Spheres of Existence
Module 4 States of Consciousness
Unit 1 Masculine and Feminine Paths to Nonduality
Unit 2 Structuralist and Hermeneutical Approaches to Meaning
Unit 3 Taking Perspectives on Perspectives
Unit 4 The Mysterious Presence
Module 5 States and Stages
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Skillful Communication
Unit 3 The Relationship Between States and Stages
Unit 4 Peak and Plateau Experiences
Unit 5 The Darth Vader Move
Module 6 Boomeritis Buddhism
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 The Integrity of Emptiness
Unit 3 Worldcentric Buddhism
Unit 4 Gauging Development
Unit 5 Buddhism and Postmodernity
Module 7 The Shadow and the Disowned Self
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Shadows and Dissociation
Unit 3 Practicing Ethics
Unit 4 Shadow Hugging
Unit 5 Approaching the Authentic Self
Unit 6 Is 3-2-1 Too Superficial?
Unit 7 The Shadows of Shadow-Work
Unit 8 The Collective Shadow
Module 8 A Miracle Called “We”
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 Relating With Amber
Unit 3 A "We" in Time
Unit 4 Creating Intentional Communities
Unit 5 Skillful Means and Mixed Altitudes
Unit 6 Zones of Emergence
Module 9 The World of the Terribly Obvious
Unit 1 Ken's Introduction
Unit 2 The Mirror of Nature
Unit 3 Evolution and the Bodhisattva Vow
Unit 4 Mental Perspectives vs. Soul Perspectives
Unit 5 Art and the Terribly Obvious
Module 10 The Conveyor Belt
Unit 1 Kenʼs Introduction
Unit 2 Integral Sunday School
Unit 3 Gaps in the Conveyor Belt
Unit 4 The Energetics of Awakening
Unit 5 How to Self-Assess?
Unit 6 What About Race and Racism?
Unit 7 Applying the Conveyor Belt to Organizational Development
Module 11 Integral Life Practice
Unit 1 The Difference Between ITP and ILP
Unit 2 Bringing ILP to Walmart
Unit 3 Selfless Service as Practice
Unit 4 Personal Will, Unique Will, and Enlightenment
Module 12 Appendix I: From the Great Chain of Being to Postmodernism in 3 Easy Steps
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction
Unit 2 The Cutting Edge of Physical Evolution
Unit 3 What’s the Evidence for Involution?
Unit 4 Involution and Practice
Unit 5 The Future of Consciousness, Energy, and Eco-systems
Module 13 Appendix II: Integral Post-Metaphysics
Unit 1 Why Is Enlightenment Important?
Unit 2 Why the Kosmos?
Unit 3 Metaphysical Baggage
Unit 4 The Integral Daemon
Unit 5 The Evolution of Perspective
Unit 6 Constructing Reality
Unit 7 State-Stages and Kosmic Grooves
Unit 8 Integral Calculus, Integral Perspectives
Unit 9 The Science of Spirit
Unit 10 Meaning, Enactment, and God
Unit 11 Quadrants and the Myth of the Given
Unit 12 A Post-Metaphysical Approach to Synchronicity
Module 14 Appendix III: The Myth of the Given Lives On
Unit 1 Ken’s Introduction: Reverse-Engineering the Kosmos
Unit 2 New Thought, New Age, and Beyond
Unit 3 Technology and Consciousness
Unit 4 Ancient Practice, New Understanding
Unit 5 Is the Future Spinning Out of Control?
Unit 6 After Enlightenment, What’s the Point?
Unit 7 The Finger Pointing to the Moon
Unit 8 Beyond the Fourth
Unit 9 Involution, as Never Before Seen
Unit 10 Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Unit 11 Eternity in Love
Unit 12 The Self-Liberating Nature of Reality
Unit 13 Perspectives and Practice
Unit 14 The Three Faces, From Altitude
Unit 15 Three Truths
Unit 16 To Get a Universe Going
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