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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Feb 23

Ten years ago today, February 22, 2013, our nonprofit organization was officially founded by Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. We’re deeply grateful to all who’ve helped us create a think tank dedicated to the evolution of culture and consciousness. For those interested in our think tank’s origins, we invite you to watch a video of a live audience presentation by Steve and Carter at the Boulder Integral Center back in 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHRyLEt-mas&t=151s Over the next 10 years, we’ll be working to accelerate the evolution of culture and consciousness in America by putting the developmental perspective “on the map.” The post …

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Ten years ago today, February 22, 2013, our nonprofit organization was officially founded by Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. We’re deeply grateful to all who’ve helped us create a think tank dedicated to the evolution of culture and consciousness. For those interested in our think tank’s origins, we invite you to watch a video of a live audience presentation by …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Feb 23

I argue that the Biden administration’s push to mandate the inclusion of “traditional indigenous ecological knowledge” in Federal policymaking opens the door for greater respect and inclusion of “traditional European social knowledge.” Both kinds of traditional knowledge can be respected and safely included by using a liberal approach. But does acknowledging our nation’s crimes against its indigenous peoples imply that America is morally illegitimate? No. To correctly interpret our history, we must hold in mind two contending truths about what it means to be an American: First, the European conquest of North America resulted in the unjust destruction of indigenous cultures. And second, the emergence …

New article: Making Peace with America’s History By Honoring Both Indigenous and European Traditions Read More »

I argue that the Biden administration’s push to mandate the inclusion of “traditional indigenous ecological knowledge” in Federal policymaking opens the door for greater respect and inclusion of “traditional European social knowledge.” Both kinds of traditional knowledge can be respected and safely included by using a liberal approach. But does acknowledging our nation’s crimes against its indigenous peoples imply that America …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 15 Feb 23

by Çiğdem Özgen, guest contributor Şanlıurfa/Haliliye, Türkiye. 7th of February, 2023. Photo by Ömer Çörten   From the city of Gaziantep in southern Türkiye (the country formerly called ‘Turkey’), close to the epicenters of the strong earthquakes that recently killed thousands of people, it is easy to think, “it all started here.” And by “it all”, I mean human civilization. About 150 kilometers east of Gaziantep (less than 100 miles) in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, is Göbekli Tepe, a Neolithic-era complex at least 10,000 years old that contains the world’s oldest-known megaliths. Its purpose is still debated, but …

A Plan for Türkiye: Recovery from this Disaster and Preparation for the Next Read More »

by Çiğdem Özgen, guest contributor Şanlıurfa/Haliliye, Türkiye. 7th of February, 2023. Photo by Ömer Çörten   From the city of Gaziantep in southern Türkiye (the country formerly called ‘Turkey’), close to the epicenters of the strong earthquakes that recently killed thousands of people, it is easy to think, “it all started here.” And by “it all”, I mean human civilization. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Jan 23

Hanzi Freinacht releases the hitherto boldest and most comprehensive challenge to Jordan Peterson’s self-help psychology: a self-help for progressive and complex minds. Out Jan 1st 2023. 12 Commandments: For Extraordinary People to Master Ordinary Life   In this sincerely ironic challenge to psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life, Hanzi Freinacht (a sociologist and philosopher) takes off fast in his trademarked irreverent and wild style of writing. His weapon of choice: laughter. His most potent tool: tears. His commitment marks every page: uniting intellect and emotion, ordinary life and playful struggle for a better world. Hanzi guides the reader through …

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Hanzi Freinacht releases the hitherto boldest and most comprehensive challenge to Jordan Peterson’s self-help psychology: a self-help for progressive and complex minds. Out Jan 1st 2023. 12 Commandments: For Extraordinary People to Master Ordinary Life   In this sincerely ironic challenge to psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life, Hanzi Freinacht (a sociologist and philosopher) takes off fast in his …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 29 Dec 22

My latest article published on The Developmentalist: Does Human Nature Evolve? “The key question surrounding the concept of human nature is whether it is mostly fixed or broadly malleable. We know individual people can change and become better. But what about larger populations overall, such as the American electorate? …” The post New Article: Does Human Nature Evolve? appeared first on Steve McIntosh: Official Website.

My latest article published on The Developmentalist: Does Human Nature Evolve? “The key question surrounding the concept of human nature is whether it is mostly fixed or broadly malleable. We know individual people can change and become better. But what about larger populations overall, such as the American electorate? …” The post New Article: Does Human Nature Evolve? appeared first …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 25 Oct 22

Russell Marker was a man who was good at finding answers and, in late 1941, he found in the book of a botanist friend an answer he had been seeking for a long time. Dioscorea mexicana, or the Mexican yam, is found throughout Mexico and down to Panama and can grow to several hundred pounds in size. Marker needed to get his hands on as much of it as he could. Unfortunately, this was just after the US had been attacked at Pearl Harbor and American authorities advised strongly against unnecessary travel outside the country. Thirty-nine-year-old Marker, unable to speak …

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Russell Marker was a man who was good at finding answers and, in late 1941, he found in the book of a botanist friend an answer he had been seeking for a long time. Dioscorea mexicana, or the Mexican yam, is found throughout Mexico and down to Panama and can grow to several hundred pounds in size. Marker needed to …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 17 Oct 22

We’re pleased to announce a new article by Institute for Cultural Evolution Senior Fellow Greg Thomas: Considering Deracialization: A Response to Glenn Loury and Clifton Roscoe Read it now on the Institute’s online magazine: The Developmentalist. The post Considering Deracialization appeared first on Institute for Cultural Evolution.

We’re pleased to announce a new article by Institute for Cultural Evolution Senior Fellow Greg Thomas: Considering Deracialization: A Response to Glenn Loury and Clifton Roscoe Read it now on the Institute’s online magazine: The Developmentalist. The post Considering Deracialization appeared first on Institute for Cultural Evolution.


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Sep 22

I’m excited to share my latest podcast with Glenn Loury on The Glenn Show. Professor Loury is a courageous thought leader who transcends left and right. In our conversation, we discuss developmental politics and the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank. This may be the best podcast I’ve ever done, and it represents a significant mainstreaming of my work in integral philosophy. Thanks for checking it out. The post My Podcast with Glenn Loury on The Glenn Show appeared first on Steve McIntosh: Official Website.

I’m excited to share my latest podcast with Glenn Loury on The Glenn Show. Professor Loury is a courageous thought leader who transcends left and right. In our conversation, we discuss developmental politics and the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution think tank. This may be the best podcast I’ve ever done, and it represents a significant mainstreaming of my work …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Sep 22

I’m excited to share my latest podcast with Glenn Loury on The Glenn Show. Professor Loury is a courageous thought leader who transcends left and right. In our conversation, we discuss developmental politics and the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution. This may be the best podcast I’ve ever done, and it represents a significant mainstreaming of my work in integral philosophy. Thanks for checking it out. The post Glenn Loury Speaks with Steve McIntosh on The Glenn Show appeared first on Institute for Cultural Evolution.

I’m excited to share my latest podcast with Glenn Loury on The Glenn Show. Professor Loury is a courageous thought leader who transcends left and right. In our conversation, we discuss developmental politics and the work of the Institute for Cultural Evolution. This may be the best podcast I’ve ever done, and it represents a significant mainstreaming of my work in …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 31 Aug 22

How the fractal nature of the integral four-quadrant model can help (dis)solve the paradoxes within ethics. Many years ago, shortly after having discovered Ken Wilber’s very useful four-quadrant model, it occurred to me that, within ethics, there are basically four (not three, not five, but four) main branches or schools of thought if you don’t count amoral philosophies such as nihilism (but these cannot be used normatively, only in a larger “meta-ethical” context). Having noticed that oftentimes things come bundled in four, just to fit snuggly into the four quadrant model, of course made me wonder whether or not the four schools of …

A Four-Dimensional Fractal Approach to Ethics Read More »

How the fractal nature of the integral four-quadrant model can help (dis)solve the paradoxes within ethics. Many years ago, shortly after having discovered Ken Wilber’s very useful four-quadrant model, it occurred to me that, within ethics, there are basically four (not three, not five, but four) main branches or schools of thought if you don’t count amoral philosophies such as nihilism (but these …

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