When we look at human culture and ask: “what is it that is actually evolving?”
we can see that it’s the quality and quantity of connections between people, taking the form of shared meanings and experiences, agreements, relationships, and groups of relationships - these constitute what we might call the organisms of cultural evolution. This cultural domain of evolution I’m describing is known as the intersubjective - it exists between subjects. And these agreements and relationships that are the structures of cultural evolution have their existence in the internal universe. (..)
Just as the emergence of modernism produced cultural evolution through its new understanding and mastery of the external universe, we will soon begin to see how the emergence of the integral worldview will result in similarly dramatic cultural evolution through its new understanding and mastery of the internal universe.
The substance of a human relationship is the experience that is in our minds and also in the minds of others. Relationships exist in the internal space “in between us,” not wholly in our minds and not wholly in the minds of those with whom we are related, but mutually inside both of our minds, and often simultaneously. These relationship structures are partially independent from our individual subjective consciousness, but at the same time internal and invisible. (..) The idea of the objective, subjective, and intersubjective domains of evolution seems far less metaphysical when we see how these categories are simply descriptions of the different types of evolution. Matter evolves, life evolves, consciousness evolves, and human history evolves, and these different types of evolutionary activity are what make these categories real.... Read More