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As a recovering strict scientific materialist, I've been expanding my mind with a compulsion to broaden my perspectives on life, the universe and everything. I've always had a spiritual side, but one that lived in the scientific closet. Since my awakening to a much broader perspective, I have absorbed as much as I can - voraciously moving from one set of ideas to another - Amazon and Audible can attest to my addictions. I'd come a across Ken Wilber before but quite frankly I was turned off, thinking he looked arrogant on his book covers, with that serious know-it-all look from behind round glasses beneath a bald head. I'm not denying I can be shallow but in my frantic search to catch up from my years in the closet, I didn't want to waste time on some arrogant twit.
Recently, for whatever reason, I decided to explore Ken Wilber's ideas - leading to revelation and then epiphany. Wilber has the most grounded and comprehensive view on, well everything, that I have ever come across. I don't suggest that this audio book, or rather interview should be heard by all seekers because Wilber is "right" or dispensing "truth", but rather he looks at the big issues in the most comprehensive and integrated way. Even if you largely disagreed with him, his perspective would shake up your views in a positive way. I happen to largely agree with much of what he discusses here, but his perspective is not portrayed here as the sum of wisdom, but rather a framework to organize and build upon, for much greater wisdom in the future. We are all contributing to this human wisdom, and Ken Wilber serves our task admirably by suggesting a wonderful map to help us explore our place in reality or whatever this is - it's a lot more than a closet.
This is truly a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to mind-blowing ideas from a person who is extremely widely read and knowledgeable. Wilber is very comfortable with and supports the scientific method or approach as a very valid perspective. His gig is an integral or integrated approach and I realize that this is what I was missing in my spiritual and life quest. This man has thought an enormous amount about humans and our place in the Kosmos - and I cannot recommend too highly, listening to some of those thoughts.
And it turns out that Ken Wilber is a funny and down to earth human being. I would give anything to spend a day or a week hanging out with him and the interviewer here. Tammy Simon is the publisher of Sounds True Publishing. Hers is the intelligent and sensual voice that introduces those audible books and here she is the one to question Ken Wilber and lead us on this intellectual and spiritual adventure. I can only assume that she is too gracious to have her name listed as an author here, but her wonderful questions and her rapport with Wilber are just as important as Wilber himself. Obviously the two are friends, but she does not avoid gently challenging Wilber to explain some points she obviously takes issue with at times.
In short, this is a brilliant and breath taking opportunity to think about some big, or rather giant ideas in a comfortable format. And I intend to listen to it again very shortly. There is much to consider and learn. Enjoy!
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Haven't been told years ago that Ken Wilber was an author I wanted to look into, I finally took the advice I picked up this audible production.
Done in a Q&A format, Much like a series of interviews.
The material was fascinating.A lot of different subjects were touched upon much of which was very clear and easy-to-understand, however, several additional subjects or lightly touched uponthat I will want to further investigate.
Much of the material bring true for me. It's always been difficult for me to explain to people how I could claim to follow a spiritual path, yet was unable to unequivocally state that war, Or violence, was wrong in every instance.
also difficult for me to articulate – to myself – why, if I believe in the sanctity of life, I am okay with capital punishment in some instances.
In short, this material touch done several areas of my personal philosophy and help me understand where I myself have been coming from!
Truly, fascinating material. Highly recommended.
Sound quality was excellent. Voices were easy on the ear.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
second time through it. getting it now. Ken tell a great story.
everybody should listen to this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great tour of ken's work, and his up to date attitudes and demonstration of his increasingly humble, loving and whole self. A marvel to behold and a genuine gift to humanity, especially those involved in spiritual and psychological therapies, for either self or other
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