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Our Nutty and Fruitful Election – A conversation with Jeff Salzman, Diane Musho Hamilton & Terry Patten


This episode was recorded on Monday, October 10th, the day after the second Presidential debate (the debate preceded by Trump’s press conference with four women who accuse Bill and Hillary Clinton of abuse). In it Jeff chats with Integral besties Diane Musho Hamilton and Terry Patten and test drives his theory that this campaign, as appalling as it is, is a powerful engine of cultural evolution and is moving us to a more intelligent and humane place.

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Evolution in Culture

“You can’t trust news outlets if you want to understand the world…”

God bless Hans Rosling, cantankerous proselytizer for the upward arc of history: "I am right and you are wrong," he tells his Danish interviewer. Wish I had the nerve ...

A listener from Denmark sent me this video. He says it has has become quite popular there and has been viewed over a million times. It makes sense. The Danes have one of the highest developmental centers-of-gravity in the world.

Mature postmodernists (green altitude) are tiring of fear and doom narratives. They have adequately integrated a world-centric sensitivity to the plight of suffering beings, so they are ready to move on to the integral stage of development, which recognizes that most things are improving.

This would explain the surprising popularity of the Rosling message in Denmark. At any rate, Hans made my day.

Hans Rosling is a TED Talk favorite. Check out his best talks here.

–Jeff Salzman

Integral essay brings happiness in five minutes

Sarcasm reaches its apogee at the Green post-modern stage of cultural development. So whenever we see a work of art that includes sarcasm and transcends it with something like sincerity, there’s a good chance we’re moving out of Green and into the Integral stages of development. Thus it is with this short essay, "How to Live an Alternative Comedy Lifestyle," by Mike O’Brien in the New Yorker. I loved this piece, and when I finished reading it I noticed that I was in a heightened — and heartened — state.

Remember: “If you want it to be really hilarious, mean it."

–Jeff Salzman

“My name’s Blurryface, and I care what you think” – The 20-somethings’ lament

The song “Stressed Out” by twenty one pilots really captures the angst and self-rumination (always a bad combination) of today's postmodern 20-somethings.

These young folks are, after all, pioneering a distinct new stage on the road to adulthood, emerging adulthood, which is explored in a terrific piece in the New York Times, What Is It About 20-Somethings?:

The traditional cycle seems to have gone off course, as young people remain un­tethered to romantic partners or to permanent homes, going back to school for lack of better options, traveling, avoiding commitments, competing ferociously for unpaid internships or temporary (and often grueling) Teach for America jobs, forestalling the beginning of adult life.

Emerging adulthood is similar to the advent of adolescence at the beginning of the 20th century, when humanity became rich and sophisticated enough to accommodate, indeed require, a new life stage between childhood and adulthood.

And once again life expands, which makes further sense when we consider that today’s young people will likely live well into their 100’s.

But still ... it’s stressful being a grown man on a tricycle.

Read the lyrics to "Stressed Out" by twenty one pilots.

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We’re getting better at being human beings. Today’s teens are proof.
40 years ago: our first glimpse of a whole-planet, worldcentric POV

Forty years ago today, little TIROS-1, the first weather satellite, was launched into space aboard a rocket that took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was a game-changer for meteorology. At the time we were still relying on a patchy network of buoys and weather stations. This type of satellite is what eventually allowed the five-day forecast, which we take for granted today.

"From its vantage point 400 miles up,” the NYTimes writes, "the satellite let forecasters track wide cloud movements for the first time.” Within ten days it sent back pictures of a typhoon swirling 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia.

We basically have thousands of eyes and ears orbiting the earth, looking back at us and our planet (2,271 to be precise). We use them not only for communication and navigation, but also to see natural and man-made changes in the earth, to monitor storms, and even to track poverty. This is the lower-right infrastructure of a worldcentric consciousness that is spreading like a virus in the other quadrants. It seems appropriate to take a minute and marvel at what we can do!

Of Interest

Why Centrism Fails

Article by Steve McIntosh
Integral thinking on the what’s emerging on the right and the left in American politics. Read Here.

The Integral Living Room Workshop

An exploration of death and dying
with Ken Wilber, Diane Musho Hamilton, Terry Patten and Jeff Salzman

November 10 - 13, 2016 / Boulder / tickets available


About integral theory

Integral theory is a school of philosophy that seeks to integrate all of human wisdom into a new, emergent worldview that is able to accommodate the gifts of all previous worldviews, including those which have been historically at odds: science and religion, eastern and western, and pre-modern, modern and post-modern.  Read more

About Jeff Salzman

I am an integralist, an evolutionary, and a public commentator who, swimming against the current of prevailing culture, is heartened by the state and future of things. It seems to me self-evident that life is animated by the power of evolution, inside and out, and that we are riding a geyser of emergence toward a sacred world. Read more

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Is the System Rigged? Yes, and it’s coming along nicely …


If there's one thing that people on both ends of the political spectrum can agree on, it's this: the system is rigged. But an integral view asks, “which system?” A historical survey reveals that over time humanity has created a series of political/economic systems, each designed to right the wrongs of the previous system. Essentially, the workings of any system is seen as corruption by people at the next stage of development. This bigger “System” of cultural evolution continues to create “systems” that are ever more equitable and humane. In this podcast Jeff explores what corruption looks like now, and how it relates to the US presidential election.

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Climate change – is Gaia mad at us?

Few topics strike fear in the hearts of green progressives like climate change. But thus alarmed, Greens are frustrated because they can’t seem to convince orange modernists and amber traditionalists of the truth and urgency of the problem. Climate change ranks low on...

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Can integral theory solve climate change and save democracy? A conversation with Alan Watkins


In "Wicked and Wise", Alan and Ken use climate change as an example of a wicked problem. “Integral coherence”, or applying the integral map in a coherent fashion, is the essence of the solution. In the podcast, Jeff and Alan discuss climate change, the problems of globalization and democracy, getting CEO’s to do the right thing, and even Donald Trump!

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