It occurred to me that the Integral approach is an instance of another complimentary approach to relating to a collection of ways of being in the world. The integral approach is based upon a sequence of stages where each subsequent stage builds on prior stages. One suggestion that thinkers from the Integral community have made is that once we become aware of the existence of these developmental sequences then we may be able to adopt any of the prior stage perspectives at will for the purpose of understanding how individuals that are inhabiting that perspective are perceiving the world.
This ability to switch one’s perspective or mode of being at will seems like a useful concept that can be generalized and built upon in a way that is independent and complimentary to Integral. While Integral necessitates a certain relationship exist between stages, in some cases one may wish to switch at will between a collection of modes that are not related in an Integral style developmental hierarchy.
The capacity to switch at will between any two distinct modes or perspectives reminds me of the sci-fi trope of moving through “hyperspace.” The idea being that a pathway can be taken outside of the pathways that pass through the typical space that we inhabit - where these extra pathways can instantly transfer us between any two points within the “normal space.”
I call the general concept of being able to instantly jump between a collection of modes at will, “hyper.” It seems to me that this concept could be applied to many different domains where there is a lot of anxiety about declaring any particular mode superior to another - a type of hierarchy allergy. Even if their is some disagreement about any particular mode being “better” than another, most of us would agree that being able to select any option at will is better than being stuck in any one option.
For those coming from a computer programming background integral could be thought of as implementing the hyper interface or protocol in a way that would require the modes and me can switch between to be related to each other in a particular developmental hierarchy.
I’ve experimented with applying this concept to gender ideas and ideas from Transhumanism. Here are some rough sketches of these applications.