When I say, "all fields of study," I mean that literally. Wilber believes that every field of knowledge contains at least one aspect of truth, no matter how small, and that reconciling disparate disciplines is a matter of integrating what's right about them rather than discounting them for being partially wrong. As Wilber often puts it: "No one is smart enough to be wrong 100% of the time," and therefore we should focus on what's right and leave out the rest.

Neurobiology, Jungian archetypes, horticultural societies, hermeneutics, Hegelian dialectics, systems theory, Zen koans, post-structuralism, Vedantan Hinduism, capitalist economic systems, transpersonal states of consciousness, neo-Platonic forms - the list goes on and on - all explained and fit together neatly in one map of reality, what he semi-ironically calls, "A Theory of Everything." Above all, he manages to explain it all in lucid and brilliant prose. You literally feel yourself getting smarter as you read him.

An intellectual prodigy as a child, Wilber was a Doctoral student at Duke University in biology when he quit his program in order to, as he put it, "sit in a room by myself and stare at a wall for five years." He then went on a binge of studying eastern spirituality, religion, and psychology. ...[Continue reading on Mark Manson]