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"Norman Einstein":
The Dis-Integration of Ken Wilber

by Geoffrey D. Falk


Ken Wilber is the "long-sought Einstein of consciousness research," having been generously regarded as such since the late 1970s.

Ken Wilber is "a genius of our times."

Ken Wilber is "the world's most intriguing and foremost philosopher."

Ken Wilber's ideas have influenced Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jeb Bush, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and a host of other luminaries, spiritual and otherwise. Writer Michael Crichton, leadership guru Warren Bennis, playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), alternative medicine's Larry Dossey, the Wachowski Brothers (directors of The Matrix), and a handful of rock stars have all lent their voices in support of the "integral" community.

Yet Ken Wilber, his celebrated theories of consciousness, and the increasingly unquestioning population of "second-tier" spiritual aspirants surrounding him and participating in his Integral Institute (I-I) and Integral University, are not what they appear to be.

"Norman Einstein": The Dis-Integration of Ken Wilber will show you why the community around Wilber is being increasingly called a "cult," even by former founding members of I-I who have seen it first-hand.


Recommended Reading

Barber & Barber, When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth. By far the best book on the interpretation/meaning of myths. It shows convincingly that myths throughout the world have typically “transmitted real information about real events and observations, preserving the information sometimes for millennia within nonliterate societies.”

David Fitzgerald, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All. A very accessible summary of the “Jesus Myth” theory. That is, the high likelihood that Jesus never existed at all in flesh and blood, not even as an itinerant, illiterate, apocalyptic nutcase-preacher.

Randall Helms, Gospel Fictions.

Alan Dundes, Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore.

Richard Elliott Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible?.

Dennis R. MacDonald, Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles.

John Loftus, ed., Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.

Ex-Preacher, Obsessed with Blood (The Crazy Things Christians Believe Book 1).

The Thinking Atheist, Bible Contradictions.

William J. Broad, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

William J. Broad, The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets.

Richard Carrier, On the Historicity of Jesus.

Richard Carrier, Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus.

Andrew Newberg, Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief.

August L. Reader, The Internal Mystery Plays.

Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near (movie).

Kurzweil's AI Newsletter.




Contents

Introduction

Chapter
I Norman Einstein 1
II Wilberian Evolution 5
III Spiraling Psychology 22
IV Integral Meditation 32
V Kosmic Parapsychology 49
VI Wilberian Mathematics 61
VII Integral Politics 63
VIII Integral Censorship 71
IX Bald Narcissism 90
X The Strange Case of Ken Wilber 112
XI Cargo Cult Philosophy 133
XII The Einstein of P.R. 139

Appendix: Wilber and Bohm 149
Bibliography 179
About the Author 201


Ken Wilber on Meditation (by Jim Andrews)
Twenty Boomeritis Blunders (by Jim Andrews)

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