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Reviewed by The Editors on Dec. 1, 2007
Until now, the integral movement has too often consisted of a series of footnotes to a single “master,” Ken Wilber. In this widely hailed book—called “ingenious . . . an alchemical vessel” by Jean Houston and “a signal contribution” by Ervin Laszlo—lay philosopher Steve McIntosh serves up “integralism for the rest of us.” Integral Consciousness is really two books in one. The first half serves as an accessible introduction to “the power of integral consciousness,” defining integralism in a way that Don Beck (of Spiral Dynamics fame) calls “refreshing, indeed.” The second half makes strikingly original contributions to integral theory and breaks new ground in its application to global governance and spirituality. McIntosh not only challenges the idiosyncratic picture of integralism provided by Wilber but also goes on to prove that integral consciousness provides realistic and even inspirational solutions to today’s greatest challenges.