Boomeritis by Ken Wilber
A Novel That Will Set You Free

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Wilber's latest book is a daring departure from his previous writings—a highly
original work of fiction that combines brilliant scholarship with
tongue-in-cheek storytelling to present the integral approach to human
development that he expounded in more conventional terms in his recent
Theory of Everything.

story of a naïve young grad student in computer science and his quest for
meaning in a fragmented world provides the setting in which Wilber contrasts
the alienated "flatland" of scientific materialism with the integral
vision, which embraces body, mind, soul, and spirit in self, culture, and
nature. The book especially targets one of the most stubborn obstacles to
realizing the integral vision: a disease of egocentrism and narcissism that
Wilber calls "boomeritis" because it seems to plague the baby-boomer
generation most of all.

a series of sparkling seminar-lectures skillfully interwoven with the hero's
misadventures in the realms of sex, drugs, and popular culture, all of the
major tenets of extreme postmodernism are criticized—and
exemplified—including the author's having a bad case of boomeritis himself.
Parody, intellectual slapstick, and a mind-twisting surprise ending unite to
produce a highly entertaining summary of the work of cutting-edge theorists in
human development from around the world.


About Ken Wilber

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Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.
Published June 7, 2011 by Shambhala Publications. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story provides excuses for professors to say things like “But in order to move into second tier, the fixation to pluralism and the green meme in general needs to be relaxed” and for Chloe to say things like “If we live 200,000 years, you and I will be able to make love at least a billion time...

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Wilber (A Brief History of Everything) shifts (sort of) from philosophy to fiction in this story about a young MIT grad student's journey to self-discovery, which is finally little more than a thinly veiled attempt to outline and promote a theory of consciousness.

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Integral World

The appeal to my higher faculties exclaimed, "Hurrah" for the realization that both Ken and Stuart saw beyond the egos of the "other" in their lives and were then able, in spite of returning to the factual mundane value of sex and sexual fantasies, to surge forward into greater spans of reality.

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