A truly fascinating read. The combination is breathtaking. His image of evolution is still a Hindu one of consciousness emerging from a Ground of Being or World Spirit, or Emptiness: As we imbibe the system of another man, I think it is worth taking care. And thus, let us oh-so-carefully unpack this precious Gift of spiritual intuition. Plotinus' attack on Gnosticism is described in order to trace differences between healthy and pathological approaches to ascent. In the tenth chapter, "This-Worldly, Otherworldly", Wilber describes various attempts to repair modernism's fractured and flattened worldview, especially Schelling's existential idealism. Wilber is a master at weaving together and finding a place for many ideologies and world-views within his theory of interconnection and knowledge. He prefers the term kosmos to refer to the sum of manifest existence, which harks back to the usage of the term by the Pythagoreans and other ancient mystics. In the third chapter, "Individual And Social", Wilber describes Erich Jantsch 's account of co-evolution and self-organizing systems. In that story, each man defines the elephant only in terms of the part he is touching. He discusses, in great depth and detail, the need for the integration of these two splinters of the soul. New York: Gross reductionism — atomism , for example—consists of reducing a whole to its parts. Reading Ken Wilber is rather like being drawn to listen to a brilliant, manic and rather tipsy monologue at a party.