About —  about the Integral Perspectives Blog

tmfaceWelcome to my blog!  I work mainly as a consultant in advanced educational software R&D, have started a special focus on supporting high quality online dialog and decision making, and have been active in the integral theory community (papers).

For more information about me (and misc. other interests) see my home page: Tom Murray.

But, enough about me, lets talk about my blog!


This blog is an experiment of sorts. I’ve been reading, thinking, and writing about the themes covered in this blog for years.  I’ve published a little bit on these themes, but I’ve been accumulating tons of notes, along with half-finished articles and book projects, that I have not had the time (or skill!) to complete.  I’ve started using the blog format to give this material some life (interconnected-) bit by bit. 

Here are some quotes from the first Essay about the purposes of this blog:

I will describe my goals for this blog for myself, for you the reader, and for the greater good. For myself, posting regular essays is my strategy for moving an accumulating pile of ideas off of those scraps of paper and uncompleted articles and “out the door;” and a way to engage others with these ideas. For the reader, my goal is to share ideas about “how the mind works” that might contribute to a more caring, deeply connected, and ethically, even spiritually satisfying life. I will mostly draw from books and articles by others, from a world of fascinating ideas that I hope you find useful but may not have had the time to find and read yourself. My own contribution will be in the weaving, in the connections that I perceive between others’ ideas, and in what I highlight, especially in considering the ethical implications of findings about “how the mind works.” My hope is that you will apply these ideas to yourself as well as learn something in general. My deepest goal is at a systemic level: to support the emergence of groups (“communities of practice” or “learning communities”) that embody higher levels of collective wisdom (what the Integral Theory community calls “second tier communities”).

Thus, my ultimate goal in this work is as follows. To explore how contemporary theories of mind (in the large sense described below) can contribute to the quality of communication, decision making and collaboration. I believe that a deeper understanding of mind, including reason, emotion, will, and intuition, can help groups, whether they be families, companies, or countries, improve both the ethical quality (the mutual understanding and care) and the material quality (effectiveness, sustainability) of their collective work.

That first Essay has a lot more to say to orient you to the blog (and “hyperbook”) as a whole, so have a look.

Also, check out the Help & FAQ page for lots more info about this project.