Ken Wilber's latest book is a daring departure form his previous
writings-a highly original work of fiction that combines brilliant
scholarship with tongue-in-cheek storytelling to present the
integral approach to human development that he expounded in more
conventional terms in his recent "A Theory of Everything.
The story of a naive young grad student in computer science and his
quest for meaning in a fragmented world provides the setting in
which Wilber contrasts the alienated "flatland" of scientific
materialism with the integral vision, which embraces body, mind,
soul, and spirit in self, culture, and nature. The book especially
targets one of the most stubborn obstacles to realizing the
integral vision: a disease of egocentrism and narcissism that
Wilber calls "boomeritis" because it seems to plague the
baby-boomer generation most of all.
Through a series of sparkling seminar-lectures skillfully
interwoven with the hero's misadventures in the realms of sex,
drugs, and popular culture, all of the major tenets of extreme
postmodernism are criticized-and exemplified-including the author's
having a bad case of boomeritis himself. Parody, intellectual
slapstick, and a mind-twisting surprise ending unite to produce a
highly entertaining summary of the work of cutting-edge theorists
in human development from around the world.
Shambhala Publications Inc
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