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Integral World: Exploring Theories of Everything
An independent forum for a critical discussion of the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber
and Value Metabolism
An examination of the nature and behavior
of the structures of consciousness and culture
This article expands on the work of Ken Wilber and the theory of Spiral Dynamics, advancing the thesis that the essential forms of consciousness and culture (the holons of the Lower-Left
quadrant -- the "organisms of the noosphere") are human relationships which, like biological organisms, are self-organizing dynamic systems that metabolize the "noosphere equivalent of energy"
to create order in themselves and their environment. However, unlike energy in the biosphere, the "food chain" in the noosphere is made up of the spectrum of information, meaning, and value.
By identifying human relationships as the "organisms of the noosphere", the article shows how intersubjective relationships nourish subjective consciousness with meaning and value. The article
also examines the energetic qualities of the primary values -- beauty, truth, and goodness -- and shows how these values act as descriptions of the directions of evolution. It is argued that
evolution proceeds in three basic directions at once -- the three perfection directions. And that this tripartite evolution is mirrored in each of the domains of "I, we, and it."
The article concludes by describing how an understanding of the underlying "biology" of the internal realm of evolution leads to increased health and functionality in human relationships and
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