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Phase 3 - Multiple Development and Holographic Mind (1983-1987)

This is more a transitional stage between the Pre-Trans Cycle and the AQAL paradigm than a complete phase of philosophy. Inspired by the western developmental models of Piaget and others, and educational psychologist Howard Gardner's research into multiple lines of personal development, Wilber rejects the idea of a single homogenous and simplistic process of self-development from pleromatic to absolute. Instead, he sees the different aspects of the personality mature along several lines of development (cognitive, emotional, moral, psychosexual, interpersonal, spatio-temporal, social, spiritual, and so on) For example, the emotional development may be more advanced than the mental, or vice-versa.

It is also at this period that Wilber adopts the paradigms of 'Holographic Mind' taught by the Human Potential Movement, based on the teachings of Arthur Koestler. In this incorporation of Koestler's thought into the Wilberian paradigm, evolution is now understood as a holarchy, in which each layer is a whole (holon) that is part of a greater whole, and each successive level - from matter to body to mind to Spirit - encompasses and includes the former.

Bibliography - 1983-1987:

A Sociable God: A Brief Introduction to a Transcendental Sociology, 1983

Eye to Eye: The Quest for the New Paradigm, 1984

Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development (co-authors: Jack Engler, Daniel Brown), 1986

Spiritual Choices: The Problem of Recognizing Authentic Paths to inner Transformation (co-authors: Dick Anthony, Bruce Ecker), 1987

Grace and Grit Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life of Treya Killam Wilber, 1991 Shambhala Publications; 2nd edition 2001


Biography and Ideas
Phase 1 - The Romantic Period
Phase 2 - The Pre-Trans Cycle
Phase 3 - Multiple Development and Holographic Mind
Phase 4 - All Quadrants All Levels
Phase 5: Post-Metaphysical

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