The Age of Enlightenment opened up human understanding to the external world in enormous, and culturally dynamic ways, such as what we began to discover in the field of medicine, or how we began to have a new understanding of nature. McIntosh describes the integral perspective as having just as far reaching an effect on human culture. Through reframing and opening us up to the internal world a new era of exploration and discovery is upon us. As McIntosh says, “Through the integral perspective we are able to see consciousness, culture, values, and much of the internal universe with a new clarity that allows us to grab hold of the stuff of the internal world in a way very similar to the way the [age of] Enlightenment opened up the external world. The practical application of this is that we recognize every problem in the world, at least to some degree, is a problem of consciousness.” McIntosh describes what is consciousness, how is it evolving, and how can we apply its strengths to the moral and practical problems we face on the planet today.
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 a series of lectures at Naropa University. Steve is president of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing “natural lifestyle products” which he has invented. Steve 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. He is the author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview Is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality (Paragon House 2007). To learn more about the work of Steve McIntosh go to www.stevemcintosh.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- What is integral philosophy
- What are the stages of human culture and the values of each
- What enduring human values should we keep
- What are the different kinds of intelligences that humans possess
- Who are some of the integralist philosophers
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 11/26/2007 Program Number: 3227