Ken Wilber’s Spectrum of Colors

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I think a properly integral view of this chart, in classic Wilberian fashion, entails taking what is good in each while leaving the obsolete behind. The indigenous-magenta is useful because it presages the integral-turqoise panpsychic element as seeing the world, even if in a very “primitive” fashion, as very much “enhanted” with life (and in this respect, is not really “primitive” at all) through a comparatively undeveloped (but still essential) intuitive perspective through its basically correct view of humanity’s immediate contact with an inherently vital world. The traditional-amber perspective wisely sees the world as proceeding from a divine monad but is limited in its socially conservative emphasis on unthinking and uncritical acceptance of a particular set of dogmatic doctrines through faith.

The modern-orange is useful because, even though it unfortunately tends to rule out the belief in divine oneness and the enchanted, living world that proceeds from this, it lays the crucial epistemological foundation for subsequent stages by which we are eventually able to empirically investigate the underlying causal mechanisms responsible for this process of cosmic evolution on its proximate and spatiotemporal levels. The postmodern-green is useful in that it emphasizes the inherently perspectival nature of all perception, even if it tends to throw out the baby with the bathwater by regarding all perspectives as equally legitimate.

The integral-teal and the integral-turqoise synthesize the inherently perspectival view of the postmodern-green with the appreciation for our ability to rationally and empirically investigate the evolving cosmos which characterizes the modern-orange, by seeing the cosmos as nested hierarchies of inherently perspective-bound systems constrained by their limited perspectives but nested within an authentically real universe that can be embraced through intuition.

I believe that the properly cultivated intuitive perspective that appreciates scientific rationality but understands that intuition is what allows us to immediately interface with the Absolute through optimally high levels of cognitive complexity is what characterizes the post integral-indigo stage, and will come to constitute what Chardin refers to as the Omega Point of human development. Indeed, I see Ken Wilber, Henri, Bergson, Hegel, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Rudolf Steiner as examples of those who have optimally anticipated what will characterize the post integral-indigo stage in a concrete manner. Ultimately, the archaic-infrared stage is the beginning of what Wilber terms the outward arc, and is a necessary preliminary to the ultimate consummation of cosmic-organismic evolution in the post integral-indigo phase, and although both stages emphasize intuition and emphasis on oneness, those who fail to understand the necessity of progression through these stages are guilty of what Wilber describes as the pre/trans fallacy, which I have described elsewhere.

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