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.
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.
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.
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.