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Born in 1949 in Oklahoma City, Ken Wilber lived in many places during his school years, due to his father being in the army. He completed highschool in Lincoln, Nebraska, and started medicine at Duke University. However, during his first year he lost all interest in pursuing a career in science, and started to read in psychology and philosophy, both West and East. He went back to Nebraska to study biochemistry, but after a few years dropped out of university to devote all his time to studying his own curriculum and writing books.
He is seen as an important representative of transpersonal psychology, which emerged in the sixties from humanistic psychology, and which concerns itself explicitly with spirituality. He is among the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time, credited with creating a genuine world philosophy. For the fundamental and pioneering nature of his insights, he has been called "the Einstein of consciousness".
He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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He seeks to integrate Western and Eastern psychology, covering the territories of developmental psychology and cultural history.
He has criticized not only Western culture, but also counter-cultural movements such as the New Age. In his opinion, none of these approach the depth and detailed nature of the "perennial philosophy", the conception of reality that lies at the heart of all major religions, and which forms the background of all his writings.
He gave an original description of the evolutionary stages of personal psychological evolution, integrating traditional psychological views from Freud, Jung and Paiget, and the development of the spiritual level.
The Spectrum of Consciousness (1977) - No Boundary (1979) - The Atman Project (1980) - Up from Eden (1981) - A Sociabele Gog (1986) - Eye to Eye (1989) - Grace and Grit (1991: a moving account of his relationship with his second wife, Treya, who died of cancer in 1989) - Sex, Ecology, Spirituality (1995) - A Brief History of Everything (1996) - One Taste (1997: insights in his way of life and his spiritual experiences) - Integral Psychology -
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