Kosmic Consciousness

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ken Wilber
Narrator: Ken Wilber
Genres: Philosophy, Health & Wellness
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: September 2003
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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"Just who is Ken Wilber?" For more than 30 years, a rising tide of readers enthralled by this visionary philosopher's map of human potential have asked this question about the famously "low profile" author. Finally, early this year, Wilber--the author of "A Brief History of Everything and "Grace and Grit--agreed to create a series of in-depth dialogues on audio for the first time ever. The result is "Kosmic Consciousness: a landmark recording that invites us to experience a full-length audio learning course with this celebrated thinker. Listeners will be surprised and delighted to discover the Ken Wilber behind the writer's pen--spontaneous, irreverent, and incredibly passionate about how each of us can participate in the unfolding of human consciousness. Through over 12 hours of revelatory insights, "Kosmic Consciousness explores: The integral map of the "Kosmos (the universe that includes the physical cosmos as well as the realms of consciousness and Spirit) - The pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful - Discovering your "multiple intelligences" - Using altered states - Male and female sexuality - How meditation accelerates personal growth - Prayer, does it work? - Integral perspectives on individuals spanning Jung to Piaget, Baryshnikov to Nietzsche, Jesus to the Buddha, and much more. For Ken Wilber's many avid readers--and those who have been waiting for a highly accessible invitation to his work--here is one of the most creative and significant thinkers of our time offering a feast of ideas and inspiration on our evolution toward "Kosmic Consciousness.

Reviews (3)

good but leaves some holes

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Having never read any of Wilber's books I was totally new to Integral Theory. This audio book is easy to listen to as it's actually an interview with Wilber. The questions are insightful and Wilber's answers are always fascinating, but don't expect to come away from this with a thorough knowledge of his ideas. Rather, he touches on lots of ideas and explains a few in greater detail, but many times I found myself wanting more explanation. After listening to this I have many 'holes' in my understanding of Integral Theory, but it's exciting material nonetheless and has motivated me to do more in-depth study of Wilber's ideas.

Everybody is right somehow?

Written by Grant on March 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Well every body is right as long as they agree with Wilber. This recording was very interesting but also misleading to someone on the path for truth. There is more than one way, listen to this recording and then take a while to think about the view this orator sees as the highest way to live. Integral thinking is a blanket term of this organization which is basically discriminating pluralism, therefor nothing new. Wilber shows you some psychological ideas and then says these people are worse than these (him). After a few weeks I realized I learned nothing from this recording other than the many sources that he referenced to. Other than that it is very repetitive and if you go on his website and download the pdf introduction you have as much information as is included here. As you will see they are psychological models that have little relation to the spiritual path in which he claimes refuge.

Kosmic Consciousness

Written by Anonymous from Shrewsbury, MA on May 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A very surprising, enlightening and HIGHLY recommended audio. Ken Wilbur presents his assimilation of the world's philosophical, metaphysical and spiritual theories into what he calls an Integral view. This is fairly heavy lifting, but enthralling, even if you disagree with him. It is an interview format that starts off a bit stilted, but stick with it. He is extraordinarily smart, read guy and articulate. His presention is very rational and based in research and history. It is certainly controversial in integrating schools/levels normally at odds--mythic <-> rational <-> conformist <-> green; East <-> West, etc. That will infuriate some, but I found it very compelling, if for no other reason than Wilbur's clarity. It is particularly interesting when Wilbur applies his theories to such diverse topics as physics, business, art appreciation--even social issues like the war, the death penalty & abortion. His conclusions will surprise.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilber, Ken

Wilbur is one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time. His writings have been translated into over twenty foreign languages.