I just finished watching this video interview with Frank Visser. Visser talks about his passion for and criticism of integral theory,
particularly Wilber’s attitude towards his critics. Remember the Wyatt Earpy moments? Check it out. Thanks to Integral Praxis for the heads up.
Now, I don’t know what other factors are involved with Visser-Wilber rift (or the Beck-Wilber rift, and other rifts in the integral world). But judging by the content of the above video, I think Visser’s heart is in the right place. I could relate with his attitude on Integral Theory. Like Visser, I also admire Wilber. I owe Wilber a big deal for shifting my thinking. Integral Theory (AQAL) expanded and elevated my understanding of the world around me. What I like best about integral theory is that it is both inclusive and self-reflective. Integral theory eventually evolved into complex memetic color codes with dizzying matrices of states and stages. However, the Four Quadrants (4Q) is still my favorite heuristic tool because it enables me to map out different perspectives while valuing my own subjective experience. In fact, 4Q is my insipiration for blogging my heart out.
I’m not that articulate in discussing the technicalities, deep philosophy, and uber-mystical stages of integral. I don’t play that game because I don’t have the advanced education, experience and interest to pursue such things. But here is what I know: Integral theory taught me how to think rather than what to think. It taught me how to make sense of philosophy, psychology, science, mysticism, spirituality, and my own perception of reality.
Whether Wilber go down in history as one of the greatest philosophers in the modern world or just another pop psychology author in the New Age section of Barnes and Noble remains to be seen. I’m hoping it would be the former.
Serendipitously, today is the start of the First Biennial Integral Theory Conference. The theme of the conference includes “a focus on community, discourse, and dialogue,” and “multiple forums in which to engage in critical reflection and debate the current state of the Integral field.” Sounds interesting. We’ll see.
Btw, is there someone out there who’s live-blogging the conference? Too bad I wasn’t invited I wonder if Frank Visser got invited.