Is A New God Emerging?

Is A New God Emerging?
Recorded 9.4.2014

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On this Integral Living Room community call we engage a fascinating and important question: how can rational people relate to God?

For most of us progressive, educated and thoroughly modern folk God is a delusion, a vestige of earlier magic and mythic structures of consciousness that naturally falls away as we learn scientific explanations about the great mysteries of existence.

People at every stage of human development grapple with the same ultimate questions: what is the nature of reality, of life…of us? Integral theory tells us that the kosmos consists of matter (3rd person), relationship (2nd person) and awareness (1st person).

Yet we live in a world that is dominated by science, which tends to collapse reality into 3rd person “stuff.”  While science reveals breathtaking truths about what the universe is made of and how it evolves, it tells us nothing about why we are here or the meaning of it all.

For science, truth can only be seen, measured and verified by experimentation and evidence. But at the integral stage of consciousness something new happens: we see that there are different kinds of truth and evidence that are equally valid, and thus a new, richer experience of existence begins to emerge.

On this community call we share an excerpt from a fascinating conversation we’ve been having on this topic with integral philosopher Ken Wilber.

As he points out, human beings – and cultures – grow from a magic and mythic world where God is everywhere (pre-modern) to a scientific world where God is nowhere (modern) to…who and what is God in the post-modern and integral worlds?

Ken argues that “God is coming back,” not in the old pre-rational form but in a super-conscious, trans-rational form that has yet to take shape. And, he says, we need a new language to talk about the divine dimensions of reality.

Exploring this new language and new ways of seeing, feeling and talking about the divine dimensions of life is our intention for the Integral Living Room gathering that is coming up in a few weeks (October 9 – 12) at the Integral Center in Boulder, Colorado. As always our main practice at the Living Room is conversation — we believe that every thought and interaction that originate from the higher structures of our consciousness add to the emerging collective wisdom of the world.

We are using the popular documentary television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is a brilliant exposition of the scientific view of our universal origins, to get the conversation going (you can stream all 13 episodes from Amazon or read the synopses on Wikipedia). But our integral odyssey will go much further than science, into the realms of consciousness, awareness, meaning and love.   

We hope you enjoy the recorded conversation and join in as the conversation continues at the Integral Living Room in Boulder.

Cosmos to Kosmos: Episode 3 and Pattern Recognition

Cosmos to Kosmos Episode 3 and Pattern Recognition.mp3
Recorded 7.3.2014

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About one hundred people called in to our first Integral Living Room community call last week, excited to take an integral view of the popular Cosmos series featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson.

We open the conversation with Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear, exploring the topic of the human capacity for pattern recognition.

In a twenty-seven minute clip, Ken describes the human tendency to believe almost exclusively in the most current set of patterns we see, in this case the modern scientific view, while disregarding all earlier versions as false.

What we call truth today will be called false pattern recognition, or not really true, 500 or 1000 years from now.  He points out that the celebration of Newton’s view is already over one hundred years out of date. “It would appear from the TV show that Newton got it right, while everybody else throughout all of human history got it wrong.”

He explains that from one perspective it is understandable that scientific materialism is the favorable worldview and that Cosmos is as popular as it is.

During the Renaissance this new, extraordinary capacity to take a third person perspective came into play and the human capacity for pattern recognition hit a new level. For the first time, a universal, objective view could be taken and a whole new level of collective awareness becomes available. As the crown jewel of this emerging scientific consciousness, Newton wrote the Principia Mathematica, the first statement of universal, third person scientific reality. What a breakthrough!

But other things have happened since Newton displayed such genius, Ken says. Teal-holistic consciousness has come online and with it a unified quark theory. As Turquoise has begun to emerge, something called string theory, eventually M-theory, has started to form as well. These are much more sophisticated and complex views coming from more complex levels of cognition. These new theories are so extraordinarily abstract as to be beyond empiric testing. In other words, the current, prevailing scientific method actually starts to break down with these new ways of seeing.

Evolution keeps drawing us towards greater wholeness, greater inclusivity and greater comprehensiveness. And even though we have a tendency to want to throw earlier versions of truth out, this greater inclusivity is a hallmark of the “more and more adequate” nature of evolution. New levels mean more truth, more wholeness, and greater integrative capacity.

As Ken says, “the universe isn’t winding down — not at all — it is winding up!”

Cosmos to Kosmos Episode 3 and Pattern Recognition.mp3
Recorded 7.3.2014

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