Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wilber on vision-logic

Continuing from the last post, here's the source I was thinking of above on horizontal rational development, a '99 email from Wilber to Bauwens discussing Thomas Jordan's post on vision-logic. Jordan brought up several of my ongoing concerns above in that '99 post and Wilber is addressing some of them. Wilber said:

"How much of any stage (moral, cognitive, affective, needs) do you have to satisfy before you can move on to the next higher stage in that line? Research tends to suggest that a general competence needs to be established at each major wave in order for its successor to emerge. [...] The question is, how much development in any given wave is required for the next higher wave to stably emerge? Using vision-logic as an example, I have drawn four subphases-a, b, c, and d. The subphases 'c' and 'd' are specialized, 'extreme' developments of vision-logic, such as the capacity to think about systems of systems, and systems of systems of systems (what Commons and Richards all 'paradigmatic' and 'cross- paradigmatic' thinking). Phases 'a' and 'b,' on the other hand, represent a basic competence in vision-logic (e.g., similar, in part, to what Commons and Richards call the capacity for some systematic and metasystematic thought, or panoramic vision and multiple perspectives), which is a necessary component (subholon) of higher development (transpersonal and spiritual) if the transpersonal is to become a stable adaptation and not merely a passing peak experience. The same conclusion would hold for each of the basic waves. The 'a' and 'b' subphases are the necessary ingredients of higher developments (i.e., since each basic wave is transcend and included, the 'a' and 'b' are the parts that are included, whereas their exclusivity is transcended). This holds for each of the basic waves as enduring structures. A certain competence ('a' and 'b') is required in sensorimotor development, but one does not have to become an Olympic athlete ('c' and 'd'), and so on."

Read both Jordan's post and the rest of Wilber's response, as they apply to my endeavor.

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