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Spiral Dynamics: Managing Values, Leadership, and Change (Developmental Management) by Christopher C. Cowan, Don Edward Beck
Published by Blackwell Pub Publication date: April 1996 ISBN: 1557869405
Comments: This is the "Bible" of Spiral Dynamics, a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework for understanding human development and the emergence of human systems. It unveils the hidden codes and dynamic, spiral forces that shape human nature, create global diversities, and drive social change. The authors, Beck and Cowan, are the best interpreters of the pioneering ideas of the late Dr. Clare W. Graves, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Union College, NY, whose Value Systems theory of levels of human existence is the basis of this work. If you want to know everything about Spiral Dynamics, memes, and vMEMES, this is where you start. The best book on understanding the spiral forces of human development. A must read to become a Spiral Wizard. Highly recommended.
The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins.
Paperback, 352 pages Published by Oxford Univ Pr. ISBN: 0192860925
Comments: This is the source for the origin of the word "meme." Richard Dawkins, a noted English biologist coined the word "meme." In this book he shows how genes control who we are and use us for their purposes. You may not agree with everything the author says, but it is the starting point for understanding memes. A must read for understanding the building blocks of Spiral Dynamics.
The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Published by Harperperennial Library. Publication date: August 1, 1994. ISBN: 0060921927.
Comments: Building on Richard Dawkins' concept of "memes," Csikszentmihalyi takes it further to explore the origins of human behavior. A key book to further understand memes as the building blocks of Spiral Dynamics.
Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Published by HarperCollins, 1991. ISBN: 0060920432
Comments: An earlier work by University of Chicago, Professor of Psychology, perhaps his most famous work, the ability to control and enjoy's one's life experience. An excellent book to better understanding what makes for human happiness.
Gandhi, the Man : The Story of His Transformation, by Eknath Easwaran.
3rd Edition, Paperback, 200 pages. Published by Nilgiri Press, 1997. ISBN: 0915132966
Comments: Perhaps one of the best books written on Mahatma Gandhi from a spiritual perspective. It moves the reader to a higher calling of service. Though the book does not give much credit to the influence of Christianity, but focuses primarily on the influence of the Bhagavad Gita, it nonetheless touches deeply the spiritual forces operative in Gandhi's life. A must read for understanding spirituality and what moved Gandhi to be perhaps the most influential person of the 20th century, especially on this the 50th anniversary of his death in 1948.
Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend (Abingdon Classics), by E. Stanley Jones.
Reprint Edition Paperback, 160 pages. Published by Abingdon Press,1993. ISBN: 0687138701
Comments: While others wrote from research, Jones wrote from experience, close personal friendship with Gandhi. As a spiritual man, perhaps the greatest Christian missionary to India, E. Stanley Jones lays bare the heart of Gandhi and how from his multiplistic perspective Gandhi helped Jones better understand Christianity as a force for social and spiritual change. The book exposes the various forces operative in Gandhi's life which made him the world leader that he became. This is a good counter to Eknath Easwaran's, Gandhi, the Man : The Story of His Transformation, in that it shows the influence of Christianity on Gandhi and not just the Bhagavad Gita as Easwaran suggests. Of all the books that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. read on Gandhi and his nonviolent methods, this was the most influential book in his life. Inspirational, yet challenging, it is a must read. Together with Easwaran's book, it provides a good look into the spiritual life of the man.
Broken Walls, by Caleb Rosado.
Published by Pacific Press Pub. Assn. 1990 ISBN: 0816308624
Comments: This is a study of racism and unity in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. The book explores racism and spirituality.
What Is God Like? : A Story of Luke 15, by Caleb Rosado.
Published by the Review & Herald, 1988. ISBN: 0828004145
Comments: In this biblical study, the author shows how in Luke 15 Jesus Christ gave us the most beautiful portrayal of the character of God. This is a new view of God, that speaks to the current spiritual quest in people's hearts, especially to those who are searching for spirituality in such works as James Redfield's, Celestine Prophecy.
Women, church, God : a socio-biblical study, by Caleb Rosado.
Published by Loma Linda University Press, 1990. ISBN: 0944450059
Comments: This is a study of how Jesus related to women in such a way that he transformed the role of women in society and in the Early Christian Church. Since often those who are Christian seem to suffer more from the sin of sexism than those who do not claim Christianity, this book is addressed to conservative Christians and their Christian malpractice.
For an extremely technical paper on memes and their development, see Aaron Lynch "UNITS, EVENTS, AND DYNAMICS IN MEMETIC EVOLUTION" found at the following site:
Aaron Lynch is the author of, Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through Society. New York: Basic Books, 1996. The book focuses on "little memes" and not the deep level vMEMES, or Value Systems that Clare Graves discovered from his research. But it is of value in that it shows the contagious nature of memes to influence the development of ideas and human behavior.
Paperback, 480 pages. Published by Atlantic Monthly Pr. Publication date: February 1997. ISBN: 0871136643.
Comments: The Lucifer Principle is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships between genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that "evil" is a by-product of nature's strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth's, as well as mankind's, history, Howard Bloom challenges some of our most popular scientific assumptions.
Drawing on evidence from studies of the most primitive organisms to those on ants, apes, and humankind, the author makes a persuasive case that it is the group, or "superorganism," rather than the lone individual that really matters in the evolutionary struggle. This book extends the study of "memes". Drawing from Richard Dawkins, Bloom shows the power of memes to define, give cohesion to, and shape human development.
Some of the most familiar memes are utopian in nature - Christianity or Marxism; nonetheless, these are fueled by the biological impulse to climb to the top of the hierarchy. With the meme's insatiable hunger to enlarge itself, we have a precise prescription for the rise of evil in human affairs. The Lucifer Principle, the idea that "evil is woven into our most basic biological fabric," is no a new one. It has been at the root of Christian belief for two millennia. What is new is Bloom's use of the concept of memes to illustrate the emergence of the contagious virus of evil. Not all will agree with his basic thoughts, but all will be greatly challenged.
Here are two timely and important studies by Lawrence E. Harrison that illuminate how different cultural values have produced widely disparate social and economic outcomes in nations. In the context of the present, the books explore what can be done to enhance the prospects for forging a dynamic community in the Western Hemisphere.
An excellent book for Spiral Dynamic
wizards to understand how the value systems of a people can have a big
impact on their socioeconomic development.
Who Prospers? : How Cultural Values Shape Economic and Political Success, by Lawrence E. Harrison.
Paperback, Published by Basic Books, Publication date: June 1, 1993. ISBN: 0465091679
The Pan-American Dream: Do Latin America's Cultural Values Discourage True Partnership With the United States and Canada, by Lawrence E. Harrison.
Hardcover, 320 pages. Published by Harpercollins, January 1, 1997, ISBN: 046508916X
Another book on the same vein is Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond.
Paperback, 480 pages. Published by W.W. Norton & Company Publication date: April 1, 1998. ISBN: 0393317552. Hardback published in 1997 and currently available.
Comments: This is the best book on the controversial topic, why since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the World has danced to. In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It is an elemental question, and Diamond is not nearly the first to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a professor of physiology at UCLA, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals, and the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government and communication--and increased resistance to disease. Finally, fragmented Europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that China did not. (For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns and subjugate the New World.) Diamond's book is complex and a bit overwhelming. But the thesis he methodically puts forth--examining the "positive feedback loop" of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation, and on and on--makes sense. Written without favor, Guns, Germs, and Steel is good global history.
A Spirituality Named Compassion and the Healing of the Global Village, Humpty Dumpty and Us, by Matthew Fox. Reprint Edition Paperback, 304 pages.
Published by Harper San Francisco. Publication date: June 1, 1990. ISBN: 0062548719
Comments: The best book written on spirituality as compassion. Matthew Fox argues that humanity's hope for survival rests in revisioning the entire fabric of society, using compassion as the touchstone for creating a spiritually centered eco-feminism that can nurture a society that values justice, sharing, creativity, and stewardship of the earth.
Consilience : Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
Published by Knopf, March 1, 1998, ISBN: 0679450777
Comments: There is a current move in society that Edward O.Wilson, from Harvard, calls, "consilience"--a bringing together of knowledge from various fields for a better understanding of our present and future situation. Such a move is a strong step away from Postmodernism, with its sense that nothing can be known, toward a neo-Enlightenism, where people seek to possess as much knowledge across all disciplines: the humanities, and the sciences, both physical and social. Wilson's book, Consilience--Unity of Knowledge is such an attempt. It seeks the bigger picture, rather than the higly compartamentalized efforts present today in academia. This book is valuable from a Spiral Dynamic perspective in that it helps show the broad waves and forces of change prevalent today in academeia and in society. The basic thesis of this book was the cover article of the March 1998 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, "Back From Chaos."
Born to Rebel : Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives, by Frank J. Sulloway.
Paperback, 672 pages, Published by Vintage Books. Publication date: September 1, 1997. ISBN: 0679758763
Comments from heook jacket: "Why are individuals from the same family often no more similar in personality than those from different families? Why, within the same family, do some children conform to authority whereas others rebel? The family, it turns out, is not a "shared environment" but rather a set of niches that provide siblings with different outlooks. At the heart of this pioneering inquiry into human development is a fundamental insight: that the personalities of siblings vary because they adopt different strategies in the universal quest for parental favor.
Frank J. Sulloway's most important finding is that eldest children identify with parents and authority, and support the status quo, whereas younger children rebel against it. Drawing on the work of Darwin and the new sciences of evolutionary psychology, he transforms our understanding of personality development and its origins in family dynamics. Most persuasively, Sulloway's findings offer conclusive evidence that the family, with its powerful interpersonal dynamics, is a cauldron for the great revolutionary advances that drive historical change.
Through his analysis of revolutions in social and scientific thought, from the Reformation to Darwin's theory of natural selection, Sulloway demonstrates that the primary engine of history is located within families, not between them, as Marx believed. This landmark work illuminates the crucial influence that family niches have on personality, and documents the profound consequences of sibling competition - not only on individual development within the family, but on society as a whole.
Born to Rebel's pathbreaking insights promise to revolutionize the nature of psychological, sociological, and historical inquiry." I have used this book as a textbook in several of my colleges classes and have found it to be most enlightening in giving students a better understanding of family and social change. Highly recommended to better understand that it is not so much socioeconomic factors but sibling rivaly that induces personal and social change.
Paperback, 272 pages. Published by Harper San Francisco.
Comments: In 1941 Langdon Gilkey, a young theology teacher in China, was taken captive by the Japanese along with 2000 westerners and placed in a concentration camp in China, operated by the Japanese. How do people survive and make sense of life when all their props are kicked out from under their lives? How do people go on to survive and restructure their world to gain a sense of meaning, purpose, significance in their lives. Shantung Compound is one of the most impacting books I have ever read.
It helps explain, like few books of its kind, how human beings make sense of their world, and maintain their humanity under very dire conditions. Though not an Auschwitz or a Dachau in terms of cruelty and threat to life, Shantung Compound nevertheless was a life-limiting setting which exposed in a raw manner the deep level value systems operant in people. This book is full of memes and vMEMEs to explain human existence. It is a classic sociological and religious study of human existence. For people desiring a first-hand look at how human beings respond differently to each other based on different operational Value Systems, this is the book to get. It is a study of human society in miniature that I highly recommend.
After this internment experience, Dr. Gilkey went on to become one of the most prominent theologians in the United States, teaching for many years at the University of Chicago. I have used this book as a textbook in all of my sociology classes as a professor, and my students whether in state universities or private colleges have all responded the same--the best book they have ever read! Get it!
Hardcover, 289 pages, Published by Harvard Business School Press. 1997
Comments: Here is another book along the same lines of thinking as Lawrence Harrison, getting to the root causes of underdevelopment in third world societies. Both writers have had extensive working experience in third world countries-Africa and Latin America. Thus they provide an alternative to usual views of underdevelopment focusing correctly on faulty worldviews and how these often are incompatible with current life conditions and where the world is headed into the 3rd millennium.
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