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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 112 Ratings

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 Great Stage-Theory Debate - “Colonial BS” or “True and Humane”?

    The Great Stage-Theory Debate - “Colonial BS” or “True and Humane”?

    Is developmental theory valid? Is it even moral? This is the gauntlet laid down by author Nora Bateson in a cheeky tweet that launched a thousand comments:



    Stage theory…

    Is BS.

    Always was.

    And it is colonial as hell.

    Sorry, but that has got to go.

    — nora bateson (@NoraBateson) August 10, 2021



    In a high-profile response to her social media posts, author Hanzi Freinacht shared a short essay defending stage theory as being both true and beneficial to society.

    The result has been an online controversy that has generated both heat and light in the Integral / Spiral Dynamics world. In this episode, I offer a shamelessly integral analysis of the ideas in contention, and how the conflict itself is contributing to the evolution of evolutionary thought.

    Let me know what you think at jeff@dailyevolver.com.  And here’s more about Nora Bateson and Hanzi Freinacht.

    • 34 min
    Bite Size: Experiencing Integral – 20 minutes - Letters from Second Tier

    Bite Size: Experiencing Integral – 20 minutes - Letters from Second Tier

    Jeff Salzman considers the question, what is it like to experience integral consciousness?  How does one feel, relate and function differently?  Also, letters from listeners.

     

    • 20 min
    Bite Size Evolver: Racism through the stages – 13 minutes - A integral answer to the question, "Is it racist?"

    Bite Size Evolver: Racism through the stages – 13 minutes - A integral answer to the question, "Is it racist?"

    Race is seen differently at each developmental worldview. What might the integral version be?  Plus, a back-pocket thought experiment for race empathy.

    • 13 min
    Bite Size: Everyone Has a Piece of the Truth – 3 minutes - How to integrate, not conquer, opposing worldviews

    Bite Size: Everyone Has a Piece of the Truth – 3 minutes - How to integrate, not conquer, opposing worldviews

    Quick intro to the Daily Evolver • The three major worldviews fighting the culture war • How an integral approach gets the best of each.

    • 3 min
    Bite Size: Quick intro to Jeff’s work on the Daily Evolver – 16 minutes - Applying integral theory to the issues of the day

    Bite Size: Quick intro to Jeff’s work on the Daily Evolver – 16 minutes - Applying integral theory to the issues of the day

    How consciousness and cultural evolution help explain current events (and vice versa).

    • 16 min
    Bite Size: Think Your Way Back to Religion? – 14 minutes - Considering Ross Douthat's arguments for a rational path to the Divine

    Bite Size: Think Your Way Back to Religion? – 14 minutes - Considering Ross Douthat's arguments for a rational path to the Divine

    Is our secular meritocracy capable of knowing God?  In this excerpt from This Week in the New York Times, I consider Ross Douthat’s column: A Guide to Finding Faith.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

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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