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06.12.02 The Integral Politics Website

Integral Politics is an approach to Politics and related Social Phenomena from a post-modern viewpoint as advocated by thinkers including Clare Graves, Don Beck, Chris Cowan, Ken Wilber. This site, co-authored as an integration experience by members of the PostConventional Politics eList, and supported by our Integration Website, tries to promote integral thinking at large, and more particularly Integral Politics. Visitors are invited into active participation in the still emerging ideas concerning this hot topic, at the edge of psychosocial progress.
04.12.02 Attraction and the Cosmic Process [by Brian COWAN]
As we contemplate the history of our tiny segment of the universe, that is to say, of our planet, it does seem that a trend away from the multiple towards the unitary presents itself to our consciousness. One example of such a trend relates to the self-unification of a staggering number of atoms involved in the eventuation of an average adult human body. Through their very acts of self-unification, their preferential approach to union with one another, they behave as though they were drawn to, attracted to unity.
16.11.02 Site Name changes
The previous name of this Website, "The Noosphere Network Website" , is replaced by "The Integration Website", to indicate that the main topic of this site isn't so much the Noosphere, a social evolutionary process, but co-authoring an Integrative Thesaurus of Knowledge (which we consider as the most central activity of such a Noosphere).
15.11.02 The Wikipedia Experience
A fascinating thrill went through the authors of this site when we discovered the Wiki Websites System and Wikipedia. The Wikipedia site uses an automated software, allowing visitors to edit existing pages online. This seemed to be the dream software for a site seeking integration. However, this collaborative integration presupposes some self discipline, which apparently is not sufficiently present in the Wikipedia collaborating public. Moreover, it appeared that the aim of Wikipedia is not as much to ntegrate creative ideas, but just to develop an online encyclopedia by non-professionals. Under those circumstances, our dream for a possible merger was quickly abandonned. We'll look now thow to use elements of this advanced software for this site.
10.11.02 Integration as a Scientific Method
At first glance, integration is just an intellectual procedure to make a synthesis out of two or more different hypotheses concerning the same phenomenon.The underlying presumption is that, if conflicting hypotheses are available, the probability that each contains some piece of the final "truth" is extremely higher than the rather simplistic aristotelian/cartesian assumption that one is completely true and the other thus completely wrong. This approach makes from integration a useful tool to preserve and to accumulate wisdom.The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that integration is much more than some useful tool for some intellectual details, but that it is a way to reach scientific certitude, of the same level of the "traditional" exact-experimental science.

03.11.02 Secondary functioning in politics

The aim of this article is to study the dimensions and aspects by which political ideologies and systems differ from each other, in order to make an analysis of political systems in particular, and psychosocial functioning in general. 
13.10.02 Inductive/Integrative Logics
This is an emerging new kind of logics, different from the traditional Logic. Where the latter is deductive (from premisses to conclusions), integrative logic is inductive, because it is a tool to develop, directly and indirectly, new hypotheses. Inductive or Integrative Logics is a set of rules than can be used to enable and enhance the process of integration, which necessitates one or more creative steps of induction. This Logics emerges while trying systematically to construct integrative texts and sites.
07.10 02 The Functioning Levels Model
This Model gives a general description of the modes an intelligent functioning system, as well individuals (humans, higher mammals) as groups (societies, cultures, companies), which tries to achieve some subjective goal in a not necessarilycomplying environment, transits from non-adaptation towards the highest form of integration. This model explains some hitherto more isolated models, including Freud's developmental stages of personality and society, stages of bereavement, psychiatric illnesses, and some recent models. Although its applications are present in psychology and sociology, it is to be situated itself in the field of General Systems Theory.
04.10.02 Building an Integrative Website
Simultaneously with developping integrative websites, including a site on Integrative Psychology (in Dutch, continuing on-line a project, started up in 1978 by the Academy for Integrative Psychology, with a first publication in 1980), this site on Integrative Knowledge, a book on Teilhard-Whitehead developed by two authors who even don't know each other (with comments by a list of readers). At the same time Integrative Logics can be developped.
30.09.02 The Abortion Problem, an integrative approach [by members of the PostConventional Politics eList]
I had chosen the topic of abortion because it was a complex issue that reflected a number of concerns - and because there are strongly held beliefs involved - in other words, it's a confrontational issue - and asks the question of how we handleconfrontational issues. Abortion can be perceived as an "issue" unto itself.  AND it can also be conceived as the tip of a systemic iceberg. Perhaps an integral, processual approach, besides taking into account AQAL, would also address the roots of the problem. Then a policy might also be a processual approach.
25.09.02 An emerging book on Teilhard and Whitehead [by Joshua ORSAK and Kris ROOSE, and many others]
Joshua Orsak took the initiative to start, in cooperation with other members of the Teilhard eList, a book comparing the approaches of Teilhard and Whitehead. The book is growing, and each visitor of this site can onbserve this development, and, why not, participate to it! Perhaps the first book written, thanks to Internet,by two and more people not even knowing each other!
24.09.02 An Integral Bibliography: A Prelude [by Michel BAUWENS]
This bibliography would have books on the major historical epochs and their accompanying philosophies and spiritualities, as well as works summarising the historical evolution of certain key concepts. It'sorganized around the Four Quadrants as defined by Ken Wilber (subject, object, intersubjective, interobjective, or: the self, the organism and its exteriorisation in technology, social systems, and culture).I've called it a prelude as it is not a professional undertaking, but an ongoing noting of important works. I include a book it I see it recommended by any scholar, author or institute that I respect,
14.09.02 Introduction for New Visitors
The opening pages of the website were redesigned, to make access more convenient: this page, formerly the "What's New?" page, was relocated as front page, while some introductory pages where provided for new visitors. The site is now divided into two parts: the theoretical part, forming the Syngnosis or integrative corpus of insights concerning the Noosphere, and the aesthetic part, forming the Synaesthesis or collective emotions, evoking the emerging Noosphere. The third dimension of the Noogenesis, the Synergy, or thoughts concering an active construction of Tertiary societies based upon the Peer to Peer concept, is organized in a separate site [still under construction].
01.09.02 The Temenos Model [by Ray HARRIS]
Temenos is the name I have given to a developmental meta-narrative I developed in the mid-eighties. It proposes that the full spectrum of [psycho-social] development has been intuited by every culture and that the ënarrativesí of that culture reveal valuable insights into the developmental process.
12.08.02 Toiling to make our  Human Collective more Conscious [by Beatrix MURRELL]
Advancing on a technological level, yet refusing to become more conscious has made for a far more dangerous world. And, yes, we are building a noosphere of sorts, but thus far it's quite dysfunctional and somewhat deranged upon occasion. This is not yet the evolutionary advance that we could hope to call Teilhardian! 
09.08.02 Teleology Mechanisms in Evolution
This is the phenomenon that evolutionary processes, without consciously aiming at a certain point, lal the same reach such goals, as if they were secretly guided by some inner principle. First It is argued why our vision is often blurred when wetry to look at such phenomena, and then a number of tools nature uses to direct progress on the ladder of evolution are discussed.
07.08.02 The Sense of Life and Existence
The age-old question of the sense of existence may get a plausible answer from the combined, integrated contributions of Evolutionism and modern psychology. This article is extended with considerations about the most fundamental Laws of Existence.
06.08.02 Comments on Wilber's Four Quadrants model
Ken Wilber's Four Quadrants Model is an important scheme in his theory. A scrutinizing analysis of this model perhaps reveals several divergences with Teilhard's approach. This text is critically commented by Michael McDermott.

05.08.02 Tertiary Culture

In the Noosphere, several stages succeed each other. In the Primary, social organization is nearly absent. In the Secondary, an organization is imposed and controlled by external factors. In the Tertiary Culture, synergetic groups emerge that are organized from within, guided by open communication, consciousness, integration and spontaneous self-control. It seems to be the Nooshere at its best.
04.08.02 The Blood Brotherhoods [by Ray HARRIS]
This enthralling essay tries to describe the psyche of modern terrorists from a Jungian point of view, but integrated with some of Wilber's views. An enlightening approach towards a phenomenon otherwise poorly accessible to our modern minds.
27.07.02 The Peer-to-Peer Paradigm [by Michel BAUWENS]
Peer-to-Peer refers to the fact that people functioning in a tertiary culture consider each other as fundamentally equal, competent and capable to participate to the integration process, and, in fact, as indispensable for this process, that outreaches individual possibilities. It also advocates free access and use of the intellectual insights and productions.
14.07.02 The Tertiary Group
A t-Group is a group with the highest possible quality of group functioning, derived from modern insights, psychological and sociological, about optimal functioning. A t-Group is the concretization of the synergistic style.The question how t-Groups, real and virtual, emerge and evolve, seems to be surprisingly actual and fundamental for everybody who feels engaged in a constructive future of humankind.
16.06.02 A scheme of evolution [by Rudolf SEIBERL]
A scheme of Evolution by Rudolf Seiberl, with integrated comments.
12.05.02 The Mechanisms of Evolution
In its gradual transition form the chaotic Big Bang towards the Noopsheric Omega Point, the evolving universe progressively uses new mechanisms to achieve this even more complex performance. This article describes some of the most fundamental mechanisms of this progression.
05.05.02 From Matter to Mind
The natural evolution of the Organizing Prionciple in Universe and Evolution is described from structure to consciousness. It is suggested that there is no need for a supranatural substance to guide these evolutionary steps.

27.04.02 Homo Divinus, an Evolutionary Advantage [by Larry HAGERTY]
Meditating about the fight between Jewish soldiers against Muslim hostages at Bethlehem, in the very birthplace of Christ, Larry Hagerty presents a sensible thought about our transition from homo -so called- sapiens, to a new homo divinus, a more godlike human.
21.04.02 The procedure of Conceptual Integration
The intellectual process of integration, central in each important mental activity, is described in some detail.
17.04.02 Teilhard's Approach to Creation [by Brian COWAN]
A good synthesis of Teilhard's remarkable view on the creation process, in which he tries to unite traditional (but transcendented) Christian concepts and the scientific data undelying his Evolution theory.
15.04.02 Supernaturalism vs. Enriched Naturalism
Can the ancient and still current controversy between one or two natures (matter and spirit) be resolved? An integrative approach, suggesting a more correct definition of naturalism and a more strict definition of spiritual phenomena, is suggested. Teilhard is described as a supernaturalist.
14.04.02 An introduction to David Bohm and the The Implicate Order [by Beatrix MURRELL]
David Bohm,one of the leading quantum physicists of our age,linked a formidable knowledge of the history and philosophy of science to his keen experience as a physicist.
12.04.02 What is Reality? a remarkable surreal experience [conceived by Peter RUSSELL]
Added to our Feelings Links List
08.04.02 Printer-friendly versions of the texts will be added from now on.
As several regular visitors asked for.
02.04.02 The Christian Inspiration of the Works of Teilhard [by Brian COWAN]
Proceeding step by step, the author sketches some of the most Christianly inspired theories of Teilhard, and then, looking foran explanation for this Christian inspiration, suggests this may be found in a combination of his youth at home and the spirituality of the Jesuit Company to which he belonged. Edited 7/4/02
01.04.02 Inertia and Minimal Responsibility: the major obstacle to Synergy and the Noosphere
What's wrong with major social revolutions, and do we risk the same outcome when we'll move towards the Noosphere, now that the Internet is granting us  unlimited facilities to converge and to elaborate a global vision and cooperation? -- Introducing the iGroup Idea.
An extensive comment by Anthony Judge
30.03.02 An evaluation of some aspects of the vision of Teilhard
What's positive and what's still missing in Teilhard's vision? An evaluation from a postmodern standpoint.
26.03.02 Biology and Religion [by Brian COWAN]
Teilhard states that biology evolves without special borders into human socialization, of which religion is an important part. Hence religion behaves like a biological phylum.
14.03.02 The evolution of Consciousness
Consciousness and the Noosphere can be considered as the current form of the universal need for an Internal Organizing Principle, developing together with Complexification. A study of some important trends within this Noosphere.
10.03.02 The Global Mind Hypothesis
Is the next Step in the Evolution of the Universe a Superman, a Global Brain or a Global Mind?
08.03.02 The Classic Art Gallery
A selection of classic paintings that provoke a "Noospheric" thrill --at least to me.

03.03.02 Life After Death

Some hypotheses, unscientific and scientific, are discussed. The important Noospheric notion of Global Mind is introduced.
03.03.02 Consciousness
Consciousness scientifically defined within the frame of Evolutionary processes.
02.03.02 The Sense of Life and Existence
The age-old question of the sense of existence may get a plausible answer from the combined, integrated contributions of Evolutionism and modern psychology. [extended 07.08.02]
02.03.02 The Optimal way of human functioning  (elaborated)
What kind of ideal personality modern psychology, enhanced with the insights of evolutionism, seems to suggest?
28.02.02 Beyond the Evolving Universe (incl. the creation hypothesis)
Is it possible to discuss and hypothesize about creation, God, design and related topics without falling into the traps of emotionally charged disputes and prejudices?
27.02.02 A little history of the Internet
The development of the Internet and the WWW is a remarkable story, illustrating the opposite of some traditional concepts about modern progress.
27.02.02 Texts on Evolution
The number of texts is extended with several pages on Evolution and related topics.
02.01.02 Abstract Noospheric Art Gallery
The Abstract Noospheric Art Gallery is started. The same enthousiastic reaction by the artists as for the Surreal Gallery.

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