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The Daily Evolver
33 minutes | 3 days ago
Psychedelics go Mainstream + John McWhorter and Bill Maher on Race
Part 1: I look at a front-page story in the New York Times about how psychedelic drugs, such as ecstasy and magic mushrooms, are poised to reshape psychiatry. I make the case that this is a significant move in the evolution of human consciousness. Part 2: I play excerpts from a fascinating conversation between John McWhorter and Bill Maher on race relations, and imagine how an understanding of developmental theory would have improved it. Here’s to another week in cultural evolution! Jeff Salzman
48 minutes | 11 days ago
More on Post-Progressive Diversity + Lee Mason on Integral Flourishing
In this episode, I look deeper into the Integral project of ”worldview diversity,” where we seek to befriend, appreciate, and be influenced by people and cultures who inhabit different world-spaces (altitudes of development). Topics I hit on: Alexei Navalny’s heroic, near-death fight for modern values in Russia. “Our people are not perfect, but our culture is superior to others.” Pew research on how Eastern and Western Europeans respond to that statement. How “mean modernity“ blinds us to the deep identity and fulfillment found in healthy traditionalism. Practicing to deepen multi-perspectivalism with individuals and cultures. Plus, I welcome Integral teacher and coach Lee Mason to tell us about his new program, The Essence of Integral Flourishing, now available at Integral Life. Enjoy! You can find Lee Mason on www.PracticalIntegral.com.
42 minutes | 18 days ago
Post-Progressive Diversity: Integral Consciousness Busts Ideological Bunkers
By Jeff Salzman This week I explore an essay published in Israel’s newspaper Haaretz that The New York Times said “shook the Israeli left like an ideological bunker-busting bomb.” In it, Nissim Mizrachi, former head of the department of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University, describes what he calls the blind spot of liberals, who, he says, “do not see themselves as ‘classifiable’ from the outside.” “I think the most blatant phenomenon in world politics today is the resounding defeat of the liberal vision,” Mizrachi says. “It’s a double breakdown: one involving the government, in the sense of the left’s inability to gain a political foothold among the masses; and more deeply, one involving an inability to imagine an order that accommodates opposition groups.” Integral theory shows us that all first-tier worldviews, not just liberalism, are stuck in their ideological bunkers. And that the way forward is to explore and open to the world of others, particularly our political opponents. In the second part of the episode, I apply this thesis to the culture war currently being fought within the African-American community, where the antiracists, led by Ibram X. Kendi, are sparring with the anti-antiracists, led by Glen Loury and others. What does a diversity of worldviews look like? It’s deceptively simple, says Professor Mizrachi, “We think the other side’s concerns are not mine, but they should be because I care about him or her. We share something in common here. We are sharing this land and this nation. It sounds horrible, but he or she needs to become part of us. Because they are part of us.” Sounds kind of beautiful to me, but getting there sure ain’t pretty. I hope you enjoy the episode!
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Our Hearts in Boulder, Colorado
Typically Jeff Salzman would have a new episode to post, but not this week. The supermarket shooting in Boulder has hit close to home, which Jeff explained briefly to his live audience on Wednesday. As a longtime friend and colleague of Jeff’s, I was moved to use his words to create the video below, which we offer in tribute to the precious lives lost and to our lovely community. The music, “Invincible”, is written and performed by our dear friend Stuart Davis. We also recommend the program “Wicked Problems: Gun Violence” where Ken Wilber and Corey DeVos offer a comprehensive integral analysis of gun violence in the USA. It is now offered free on Integral Life through the end of March. A broken heart is an open heart. I hope you enjoy this short video. -- Nomali Perera
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Fighting and Friending our Way Forward
Dr. Keith Witt on the psychological mechanisms that animate evolution All living processes exist in a rhythm of opposing forces which create conflict, resolving into either cooperation or domination. This dynamic of tension is the subtext of most human activity. The good news is that in the long run friending wins. In this episode of The Shrink and the Pundit, integral psychotherapist Dr Keith Witt explains how sociability is latent in most interactions, even those that are marked by hostility. And how human beings at every scale, from individual children to collective nation-states, invite constraints to provide a delineated space for new growth. Dr. Keith’s insights help us normalize - and realize the potential - in the inevitable conflicts of life.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Meghan and Harry: The Nobility of Green
Every stage of development brings forth new territory in the evolution of human consciousness and culture. We witnessed a move into postmodernity (green altitude) in last week’s interview by Oprah Winfrey with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan are exemplars of postmodernity’s most powerful creed: to relieve human suffering that has been unseen in previous structures: In the collective, with a new dedication to those people and groups who have been previously marginalized or discounted by society. In the individual, with a heightened awareness of psychic pain, trauma, and “mental health”. To some, the interview was a display of hypersensitivity and self-indulgence; to others a noble challenge to right the blind spots of history. In this episode, I explore this latest skirmish in the culture war. With a breath of fresh air by John Denver!
33 minutes | 2 months ago
The Maladies of Mean Modernity: Anxiety and depression ravage a world of plenty
Good rationality demystifies the world and bad rationality disenchants it. This week I look at two examples of the casual blindness of mainstream culture to all things divine. 05:44 - Amy Dickenson, writer of the popular advice column “Ask Amy” counsels a woman who is offended that her sick husband’s caregiver offered to pray with him. 17:49 - In the essay, “My Generation Isn’t Suffering Enough,” a wise young writer looks at Gen Z (under 25 years old), and asks why they are so hopeless and sad. Along the way, I look at how a divine Other can be brought through modernity, cleansed of fundamentalism, and experienced directly as the 2nd Person of Spirit. The deep meaning this brings to life (and death) is the ultimate antidote to anxiety and depression. Enjoy the episode!
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Empathy and Friendliness at Integral
This week I spotlight more of what’s new in cultural evolution: President Joe Biden leads a memorial to COVID victims and offers consolation to their survivors in a way that brings on the best of “good green”. Green consciousness, “the sensitive self”, is drawn to ever-deeper levels of empathy and care, especially for those who are typically unsung in society. It is the leading edge of human evolution and the part of green that we want to integrate into 2nd tier consciousness. Joe Biden, uniquely qualified by virtue of his personal suffering, is leading the way. TwinsthenewTrend is the moniker for twin brothers Tim and Fred Williams, now 21, who have become YouTube sensations recording “reaction videos” of themselves listening to all types of music. Their effortless flow and guileless friendliness to all are magnetic and, I argue, represent qualities of integral consciousness that are native to a new generation of young people, two more of whom I profile. 13:00 - TwinsTheNewTrend 24:15 - Zoë Jenkins of Civics Unplugged 31:15 - Young friend from Stockholm Enjoy the episode! - Jeff
62 minutes | 3 months ago
The Next Economy with Pia Malaney: Post-Progressive Inquiries with Steve McIntosh and Jeff Salzman
In this episode of Post-Progressive Inquiries, Steve McIntosh and I visit with economist Pia Malaney to ponder economics through the lens of evolutionary theory. We look at what is arising concerning globalism and nationalism, wealth distribution, the future of work, model economies, the culture war between MAGAstan vs WOKEstan, and why Joe Biden gets us from the fire into the frying pan. Hope you enjoy the episode! - Jeff Salzman Pia Malaney is Co-Founder and Director of The Center for Innovation, Growth and Society and Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Her own professional research has focused on economic, biological, and sociological approaches to human welfare. She has held positions at the Harvard Institute for International Development and the Center for International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School where she worked in collaboration with Asian and African governments on the development of health care and economic policies. She received a BA from Wellesley College and a PhD from Harvard University.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Impeachment Hits Bedrock, Cancel Culture Evolves
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39 minutes | 3 months ago
Marjorie Taylor Green is Optional
Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, out of the depths arises Marjorie Taylor Green, the QAnon Congresswoman from Georgia who trumps Trump in conspiracy nonsense. In this episode I attempt to bring some integral context to her and QAnon’s rise, and suggest how we as evolutionary practitioners can relax into a more mature engagement with our ever-morphing culture war.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Gen Z at Second Tier: Gary Sheng and Zoë Jenkins
In this episode, Steve McIntosh and I visit with two young leaders, Gary Sheng and Zoë Jenkins, who are activating higher consciousness in Generation Z through their organization Civics Unplugged. Civics Unplugged is a community of Gen Z leaders committed to strengthening democracy through civic entrepreneurship in the U.S. and around the world. The organization has received significant attention with partners like Andrew Yang, the Smithsonian, Duane “The Rock” Johnson, and National Geographic. Wisdom is rarely married to youth, but meeting these two young people gave me greater confidence in our future, and I hope it will for you as well. - Jeff Salzman Gary Sheng, a former software engineer with Google, is on Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of young innovators. Zoë Jenkins is a 17-year-old equity and justice advocate from Lexington Kentucky.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
The Inauguration of Relief: Biden and Harris are new but normal
Hey folks, here’s some commentary I did live today as the Inauguration for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was unfolding. As always I looked for interesting integral angles, and think I found some. Also, I finally made peace with JLo! Enjoy and let me know what you think at email@example.com. - Jeff
79 minutes | 4 months ago
Leading Leaders to Higher Ground, Guest: Rand Stagen
Rand Stagen is well known in the integral world as founder of the Stagen leadership academy. Stagen is the gold standard for leadership training, focused on long-term, disciplined, “leadership practice” which integrates psychological and even spiritual dimensions. I consider Rand to be one of most effective practitioners of applied integral thinking out there, and I enjoyed this conversation immensely. I hope you do too. “Post-Progressive Inquiries” is a co-production of the Daily Evolver and the Institute for Cultural Evolution. My co-host is the founder of the Institute, Steve McIntosh. You can find out more about Rand Stagen and the Stagen Leadership Academy here. - Jeff Salzman
54 minutes | 4 months ago
PUKE HIM OUT! Mean red Trump is poison
Last Wednesday we saw a mob assault the US Capitol Building in an attempt to stop the certification of last November’s presidential election. Five people have died. This insurrection was incited by a sitting president of the United States - whose flags then waved from the broken windows beneath the Rotunda. As these astonishing events have sunk in over the past few days, there is a growing sentiment that Trump and rabid Trumpism must be condemned and contained. And that Trump’s political energies - “mean red” in developmental terms - are poisonous to the hard-won civility of a modern society. In this episode, integral psychotherapist Dr. Keith Witt and I try to add some integral perspective. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff Salzman
69 minutes | 5 months ago
The Light and Shadow of Integral Consciousness
Enough people have been experimenting with integral consciousness for long enough that some of its contours are becoming apparent. As with all stages of human history, integral both sheds new light and casts new shadows on the human condition. In today’s episode, Nomali Perera, my dear friend and colleague in integral practice for nearly 20 years, and I share a few of our observations. 13:13 - How integral includes, and get hijacked by, previous stages of consciousness 39:14 - “Integral bypassing” - what the maps show us vs the territory we can actually inhabit 52:10 - The qualities of the Yellow/Teal and Turquoise stages of Integral consciousness, and how we can embrace both I hope you enjoy the episode and, if moved, let me know what you think! Send emails to email@example.com or leave me a voicemail here. Nomali Perera is a certified integral coach, facilitator and trainer, and can be found on Practical Integral.com.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Letters from Listeners and My Favorite Things
I start this week with some feisty and insightful letters from listeners and end with an idiosyncratic list of my products of the year, decade and millennium (so far). (01:34) Who’s more mean, trads or pomos? Responses to my critique of the famous “toast scene” in the movie Five Easy Pieces. (18:39) How can the mythic impulse in religion be integrated? (22:55) My ebullient resilience, and how to capture integral in four bullet points (26:25) My products of the year, decade and millennium so far. (34:40) Gratitude to the Integral movement’s leading light. Let me know what YOU think! Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to Dailyevolver.com and leave me a voicemail. And farewell to a no-fun but probably quite fruitful year. Hope you all have a Happy Holiday! - Jeff Salzman
49 minutes | 5 months ago
The Evangelical Schism: "Jericho politics” causes Christians to choose
In this episode, I look at the tensions arising among conservative Christians about how fervently to support Trump. 01:23 - Clips and observations from the Jericho march on Washington DC earlier this month featuring evangelical leaders (and Alex Jones), and the backlash it has caused with others in the movement. 21:25 - How mainstream punditry is seeking to explain the seeming paradox of Trump-loving Christians. 35:50 - Bill Bryson and Jack Nicholson demonstrate why the hatred of the left still unites traditional conservatives - and why we deserve it. I hope you enjoy the episode! Announcement: The Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank, where I serve on the Board, is recruiting an Executive Director to help run our operations. The job description for this new position can be found here. If the possibility of working with ICE sounds intriguing, I encourage you to check out this opportunity. - Jeff Salzman
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Women Over 50 Pioneer New Consciousness
In this episode, I welcome integral thinker Sue Brightman to talk about her new book, A Call to Further Becoming, The New Declaration From Women Over 50. Sue describes the cutting edge of consciousness being pioneered by women who are now entering - and thriving - in elderhood. Based on 100 interviews with women age 50 - 70+, Sue shares 10 themes that capture the emerging essence of this creative, exciting and spiritually-rich stage of life.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Newsmax - Righter Than Fox
By Jeff Salzman In this episode I share some clips from Newsmax, the cable news network that is the new home for Trump people who have left Fox News for not being supportive enough of the President. Though inspired by the mendacity of his election fraud claims, the reporters hew closer to the truth than Trump does (The National Report), except when they opt for a good old-fashioned rant (Diamond and Silk). The result is a more differentiated mediaverse, required for the integration to come. I end on a happy note, with uplifting evidence of the evolution of consciousness in the person of five-year-old Tianna.
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