70 episodes

Tired of the same old left /right arguments? Want to throw your shoe at the shouting heads on cable news? Then join Jeff for a look at current events and culture from an integral perspective. Each week he explores emerging trends in politics, economics, science and spirituality, all with an eye toward spotting the evolution and up-flow of human consciousness and culture.

The Daily Evolver Jeff Salzman

    • Philosophy

Tired of the same old left /right arguments? Want to throw your shoe at the shouting heads on cable news? Then join Jeff for a look at current events and culture from an integral perspective. Each week he explores emerging trends in politics, economics, science and spirituality, all with an eye toward spotting the evolution and up-flow of human consciousness and culture.

    Befriending the State of the World - Terry Patten and I take our perennial argument to the next level

    Befriending the State of the World - Terry Patten and I take our perennial argument to the next level

    My longtime friend and integral comrade Terry Patten and I have argued for many years about the state and trajectory of the world. And though we both strive to bring an integral perspective to the question, we do see it differently, and in ways that I think reflect differences of views within the integral community, and maybe within your own psyche. In this episode, we share the latest of our ongoing discussions. We enjoyed the heck out of it and, as always, finished a little bigger than we started. We hope you do the same!

    This episode is a co-production of The Daily Evolver and Terry’s new podcast, State of Emergence.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Trump Trips the Trigger on Iran

    Trump Trips the Trigger on Iran

    President Trump’s drone assassination of Iran’s General Qassim Suliemani has dramatically increased the tensions between the US and Iran. It also raises concerns about Donald Trump’s motives and judgment in carrying out a U.S. President’s most deadly option, and what the ramifications may be. In this episode, I attempt to shed some integral light on the situation.

    • 25 min
    Integral European Conference Preview

    Integral European Conference Preview

    Today my guest is Bence Ganti, the driving force behind the upcoming Integral European Conference, a major six-day event for the Integral community which will commence on May 26th at the Azur Resort at Lake Balaton in Hungary. This fourth biennial conference will be the biggest and most comprehensive yet, with over 700 participants from 50 countries.

    Titled Global Integral Awakens, the conference will offer 250 programs on a wide range of integral issues, from contemporary politics to organizational development to art, culture and spirituality, in a potent goulash of presentations, workshops and experiential processes. And there’s goulash night too, the Hungarian specialty cooked in cauldrons over an open fire … then trance dance … then a firewalk!

    To extend your integral immersion, consider the pre-conference training on human development with Dr.Robert Kegan, as well as a post-conference 3-day sightseeing tour by bus. Click here to find out more about the Integral European Conference.

    • 33 min
    The Path of Virtue - How an internet quiz made me a better person

    The Path of Virtue - How an internet quiz made me a better person

    Integral philosopher Steve McIntosh helps us usher in the new year (and decade) with a fresh look at an ancient formula for living a happy, productive and meaningful life. In this episode he explains “the virtues”, a philosophical concept with living roots reaching back to antiquity, including Plato and Confucius, as well as modern validity in the findings of positive psychology and social science.

    Virtues practice is a powerful means of personal growth, and Steve gets us started by introducing The Character Exercise, an eight-minute internet quiz that helps us clarify our highest ideals and create a personalized “portrait of the good”. You are invited to do the quiz midway through the podcast … your answers generate a printable chart that serves as a practice tool for cultivating happiness and fulfillment. I took the quiz a few months ago and I can honestly say that it has significantly changed my life for the better. I am surprised at its power and trust it will be helpful to you too (let me know!). (let me know!).

    Later in the podcast, Steve imagines the virtues as illuminating the path through our hyper-polarized political culture, a prospect he explores more fully in his upcoming book, DEVELOPMENTAL POLITICS, How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Spotting Integral Arisings - Three comedians evolve culture and consciousness

    Spotting Integral Arisings - Three comedians evolve culture and consciousness

    In this episode, I point out some integral insights bursting forth from the world of comedy:



    * Bill Maher, who ended his season of Real Time on HBO with a surprising sort-of-integral message 

    * Joel Stein, author of In Defense of Elitism, Why I’m Better Than You and You’re Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book

    * Eliza Schlesinger, who dissects her wedding – and worldview – in her Netflix comedy special, Unveiled 



    PLUS a quick visit from the Comedian-in-Chief himself. Enjoy the episode!

    • 22 min
    Cultural Evolution Goes Mainstream - Considering “This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution”

    Cultural Evolution Goes Mainstream - Considering “This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution”

    “The harmony and order that we associate with the word ‘organism’ indeed has a movable boundary that can be expanded to include biological ecosystems, human societies, and conceivably the entire earth. There is no master navigator for our journey. We must be the navigators, consciously evolving our collective future, and without the compass provided by evolutionary theory, we will surely be lost.” – David Sloan Wilson

    In this episode, Dr. Keith Witt and I discuss evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson’s latest book, This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution, where he challenges mainstream science to broaden its inquiry to include cultural and consciousness evolution, two pillars of integral theory.

    While Keith and I agree that Wilson’s thesis remains anchored in materialism, which is probably essential for credibility in the intelligentsia, his book nevertheless represents progress into exciting new territories that are increasingly seen as topics of legitimate scientific study. He writes specifically of worldview integration, the “religious/spiritual imagination” (hey, I’ll take it) and calls upon both individuals and cultures to realize our power to “participate in our own conscious evolution”.

    It’s an exciting message with some strong integral currents, and Keith and I enjoyed our conversation fully. We hope you do too!

    David Sloan Wilson is a Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at Binghamton University and co-founder of the Evolution Institute.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

Sean Arnold ,

Down to Earth Integral Wisdom

In this podcast, Jeff examines current events through the lense of integral theory, relying most heavily on developmental stages (often using the language of Spiral Dynamics) and the four quadrants. I read many of Ken Wilber's books before I began listening to The Daily Evolver, and while they were illuminating in many ways, they didn't do a great job of helping me understand how the concpets of integral theory actually apply to on-the-ground, real life events, which is where The Daily Evolver excels. It has personally helped me to get a better felt-sense of the various developmenal stages as they manifest through political figures, public discourse/debate, social movements, etc. The podcast has also given me a more hopeful sense of the "beautiful but not pretty" arc of history, which Jeff frames as moving, overall, towards greater complexity, truth, goodness, and beauty, and does so in a convincing way. The Shrink and the Pundit series with Dr. Keith Witt is also superb, and has helped me to get a much better sense of how integral theory can be effectively applied to psychology, relationships, and therapy. Some of the episodes, such as the one on regulating anxiety, have been very helpful to me personally. And they're just so fun to listen to! A frend of mine said they are like the Click and Clack of psychology.

Dzzyduz ,

Perspective on world events

Jeff is great at using world events to help apply and understand integral theory. The clarity I have gained his greatly reduced my anxiety about what is happening in the world. It is also help to guide my interactions with those I may not agree with.

mountainlvr1 ,

Very well done!

A hidden gem. Please keep em coming, Jeff! Recommending to friends.

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