Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution

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The integral worldview represents the next crucial step in the development of our civilization. Through its enlarged understanding of the evolution of consciousness and culture, the emerging perspective known as integral consciousness provides realistic and pragmatic solutions to our growing global problems, both environmental and political. As McIntosh convincingly demonstrates, the integral worldview's transformational potential provides a way to literally become the change we want to see in the world.
This is really two books in one: the first half serves as an accessible and highly readable introduction to the power of integral consciousness, with the second half making a variety of original contributions to the integral perspective and breaking new ground in the application of integral philosophy to politics and spirituality. Moreover, McIntosh provides a much-needed contextualization and critique of the integral worldview's leading author, Ken Wilber, which helps make integral philosophy relevant to a larger audience.

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Advance Praise for Integral Consciousness:

"This is a very thoughtful, informed and readable book demonstrating wide familiarity with the natural sciences, developmental psychology, political thought, philosophy and spiritual traditions. It is the sort of synthesis that we can all profit from as we face the next century."
-- Dr. John Haught, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University, and author of Deeper Than Darwin.

"McIntosh makes a signal contribution to the debate on the direction and nature of evolution, one of the most fundamental issues of our time."
-- Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Distinguished system scientist, and author of over 30 books on evolution.

"More than any other person who writes with an integral pen, McIntosh grasps the essence of the dynamics that craft and turn the spiral, serving as a cartographer of the emergence of the integral stage of consciousness. This book is refreshing, indeed."
-- Dr. Don Beck, Co-author of Spiral Dynamics and Founder of the Center for Human Emergence.

"This book is integral in the best sense: an ingenious gathering of patterns from many fields, giving us a brilliant and useful perspective on the nature of Reality."
-- Jean Houston, Ph.D., Author and Senior Consultant to the United Nations in Human Development.

About the Author:

STEVE MCINTOSH is an independent scholar and long-time participant in progressive culture. He is an original member of the Integral Institute think tank, and has taught integral philosophy to a wide variety of audiences, including lectures at Naropa University. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, today McIntosh is president of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing "natural lifestyle products" which he has invented. McIntosh has traveled throughout the world and has had a variety of successful careers,practicing law with one of the nation's biggest firms, and working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings tea company.

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