John Vervaeke, PhD is an award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology, cognitive science and Buddhist psychology. His work involves constructing a bridge between science and spirituality in order to understand the experience of meaningfulness and the cultivation of wisdom so as to afford awakening from what is often experienced by members of society as “the meaning crisis.”
In 2022, Nomali Perera facilitated a study group at Integral Life using the teachings of John Vervaeke from his Awakening from the Meaning Crisis YouTube video series. This video is from Mr. Vervaeke’s visit with study group participants for a lively Q&A.
In the first half of this very rich discussion, John talks with Nomali, Jeff, and the rest of the group about his three major concerns about stage models, and why he doesn’t emphasize them in his own work:
- Psychometric skepticism – uncertainty around how we are measuring and validating these measurements ,
- The problem of the “monolithic mind” — the idea that the mind is a “whole”, which wholly moves from one stage to the next,
- Underlying founders’ bias — stage models often bias the model-maker, who tend to represent themselves as the highest stage(s) in the model.
3:58 - The issue developmental stages which is a popular meaning-making lens in the Integral world, but not so much in Vervaeke’s material.
18:09 - Jeff Salzman’s thoughts on the use of Stages in Integral
29:56 - Question about martial arts as a spiritual practice
39:00 - Navigating the meaning crisis in the era of a highly complex digital environment
45:08 - What would you do differently if you were create the Awakening from the Meaning Crisis course in 2022?
51:01 - A comment on Agape
54:04 - How can we exapt A.I to be a relevance engine in these times of information overload?
1:00:01 - Wellbeing, positive processing and moral injury