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Issue 44 / June–August 2009
Envisioning the Future
What today’s brightest minds have to say about the road ahead
We live in one of the most tumultuous and exciting times in human history. With our cultural, political, economic, and spiritual systems colliding, breaking down, and transforming in the mixing bowl of the twenty-first century, it is difficult to predict what the world might look like even a few years from now. So for this issue of EnlightenNext, we asked a few visionary thinkers some very big questions: Where are we going? How are we going to get there? And how should we relate to the extraordinary uncertainty that defines our global landscape today? Featuring: Ken Wilber, Thomas Barnett, John Petersen, Gary Lachman, Jim Garrison, Elza Maalouf, Ray Kurzweil, Patricia Aburdene, and Joel Garreau. Plus: Peter Russell's favorite books on consciousness, interviews with Duane Elgin and Jean Houston, and more.
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An Interview with Thomas P.M. Barnett
Thomas Barnett changed the way
thousands think about geopolitics with
his 2004 bestseller, The Pentagon’s New
Map. Now in his new book, Great Powers,
he explains why globalization, contrary
to its bad rap, may actually be the
most unifying, progressive, and
liberating force in human history.
by Carter Phipps
The coming of the Messiah, the Y2K bug, the Mayan prophecies
of 2012 . . . For thousands of years, humanity has
been anxiously anticipating the end of
the world. But is this “apocalyptic
archetype” in the human psyche
anything more than a form of
by Gary Lachman
THE GURU AND THE PANDIT
Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber
In this poignant and timely dialogue, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen
and integral philosopher Ken Wilber discuss one of the most significant
spiritual challenges of our time: staying connected to a higher
perspective even when humanity’s survival hangs in the balance.
An Interview with Jim Garrison
Will New York, Mumbai, and London be under water by the year
2020? Not if Jim Garrison’s State of the World Forum is successful in
its ten-year mission to tackle what they see as the biggest threat our
civilization has ever faced: climate change.
by Ross Robertson
PULSE: News from an emerging culture
Happy birthday, Charles Darwin; An interview with
Jean Houston; Searching for wisdom in America’s finest
satirical news source, The Onion; Consciousness Explained
Better by Allan Combs; The top ten Power of Now knockoffs;
Michael Beckwith’s new movie; Michael Dowd in
Discover magazine; Defining “interiority”; and more.
Is postmodern art waking up from a decades-long
aversion to higher meaning? An international flurry
of spiritually themed exhibitions suggests a new
by Elizabeth Debold with Carol Ann Raphael
An American developmental psychologist stumbles
upon an unexpected indicator of China’s possible
future global supremacy: teenage girls.
by Elizabeth Debold
Are we secretly longing for the end of civilization? An environmentalist
finds himself in a dramatic confrontation
with the dangerous allure of apocalypse.
by Alex Steffen