Going from Visualization To Actualization - Ken Wilber, Yuval Harari & Ray Dalio

Today is Tuesday, November 23, 2021. I began this morning in Ray Dalio’s book, Principles, and was struck by one line that I remember from my initial read of the book. I believe that the 4th part of Ray’s book -- titled “Why People are Wired Differently” -- is extremely useful to someone dealing with the struggles of living in a postmodern world.

Before we dive into postmodernism, it is important to first understand what is meant by “postmodern”. You can think of the word as a reference to one of the 5-7 major stages of human development. These stages are chosen with regards to evolutionary progress of science, religion, and other human-created technologies.

Yuval writes in the chapter titled The Storytellers; in his best selling book, Homo Deus; “It all began about 70,000 years ago, when the Cognitive Revolution enabled Sapiens to start talking about things that existed only in their own imagination. For the ensuing 60,000 years Sapiens wove many fictional webs, but these remained small and local.

In the Integral model, this cognitive revolution corresponds with the Archaic/Mythic stage of human development, which kicked off around 50,000 years ago according to the model. This is the period of human evolutionary history when we first started forming tribes and cultures. The Cognitive Revolution was due to the ability that humans possess to align themselves together under a shared myth, or belief system.

It is worth noting that there is a biological grounding included in Ken Wilber’s framework, and he makes the claim that each stage of development is a necessary step in EVERY human life. He claims that the stages are based on the evolutionary development of what thinkers today call consciousness. So try to think back to a time 50,000 years ago when the brain was not as biologically developed as it is today. Think of a world 50,000 years ago where the human infrastructure and technology that we take for granted today did NOT exist.

This is the THING that most of our philosophers are working on right now: making sense of the history and development of consciousness. We are living through the beginning of the Digital Revolution, which corresponds to the Integral phase of consciousness development. For our culture to advance to a higher stage of development, we need both the myth, the science, and the technology required to transcend and include the previous stage(s) of development.

Neil Turok and the f

ellows over at the Premier Institute in Canada are working hard to develop Unified Quantum Field Theory, which represents the current cutting edge of theoretical physics. Remember -- we are trying to unify science, religion (the Humanities), and technology. Integral Theory is the corresponding myth coming out of the Humanities that would allow for a societal revolution. The final piece required is the technology. As of 2021 -- through the advent of the internet and the mass production of hand-held computers -- we are reaching the point w

here over 4.66 billion humans possess regular access to the internet. This is causing our species as a culture to quickly learn and adapt to this new world-centric reality. No longer is it okay for an individual to remain in the phase of ego-centrism, and finally we are coming to realize through our modern political mess that etho-centrism, known today by the phrase ‘identity pol

itics’, is not the move either.

This brings us to the Integral Tier, which is the first shared myth that transcends and includes all previous myths and stages. Integral thinkers are those who realize that there exists a set of multiple religious truths, multiple scientific truths, and multiple fictitious truths that all have a respective place.

The goal of modern humans is to reach a point of conscious awareness where finally everything makes sense again, and we c

an reunite ourselves behind these new models, these new technologies, but still remember that they are a result of eons of evolutionary development.

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