Just a short post this week as I'm currently workin on putting together a series of posts surrounding structures of consciousness. What are 'structures of consciousness'? It's a good question, and from time to time at the site we hear from a critic who doesn't believe they exist in the first place, that this whole notion is bunk. The latest was David T on the thread of Integral Relationships- A Book Review, and I promised David I'd make a case for taking this sort of thing seriously. So I've been working hard this week trying to transform a pile of research into some kind of publishable form, and while I was doing so a rather fantastic gift plunked down on the internet.
The philosopher John David Ebert, who I was first turned on to by Beams contributor Jeremy Johnson, began putting out a series of videos where he's unpacking Jean Gebser's magnum opus The Ever Present Origin chapter by chapter. Jean Gebser is one the major heavyweights when it comes to structures of consciousness, and these videos are really good. Ebert draws off of a host of other resources in his arsenal for his exegesis of Gebser, and I'm finding these videos very helpful for understanding this subject. The first five videos are embedded below, and there'll be more to come I'm sure. I look forward to putting together some other materials that I've been collecting on this topic, and in the meantime, this is a great way to kick that official project off. A big thanks to John David Ebert for recording this material and making it available on the web.
Chapter 1- Fundamental Considerations
Chapter 2- The Three European Worlds
Chapter 3- The Four Mutations of Consciousness
Chapter 4- Mutations as an Integral Phenomenon: an Intermediate Summary
Chapter 5- The Space-Time Constitution of the Structures
Ebert has completed the final three chapters in Part 1 of The Ever Present Origin. Here they are:
Chapter 6- On the History of the Phenomena of Soul and Spirit
Chapter 7- The Previous Forms of Realization and Thought
Chapter 8- The Foundations of the Aperspectival World