The following is a book chapter written by Allan Combs to help readers understand the work of Ken Wilber. Here, Combs traces the development of Wilber’s ideas, as well as the various influences of his work.
By offering this reader, Combs shows us how Wilber lived his own mantra – transcend and include – in the way he tried to created the framework for understanding the various schools of thought and therapies in psychology, how we digested the intersection of Eastern and Western philosophy, and how he created a path to individual and collective development.
Implications for AI
Wilber’s works contain a wealth of ideas that may be applied to our own quest to understand what it means to be fully human. He shows us that in order for us to keep growing our understanding of reality, we must include in our quest all the knowledge systems and explanations created in the past. More importantly, however, Wilber shows us that it is our responsibility to transcend all these old information in order to see a bigger, more cohesive reality.
In this way, we can say that materialism and reductionism are not our enemy. We must realize that these ideas are a part of human development towards an integral consciousness. We must acknowledge its existence, and the benefits it has offered us. But at the same time, we must also seek to transcend the limits it has placed on our quest for knowledge. Only when we transcend and include can we truly create a transformed society.
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