Since then, I have found a lot more material, including three more blog posts from Huff Po, where he has only recently become a regular blogger:
I'm agnostic about his perspective - I have experienced that oneness he talks about with nature, with the life force, the feeling that all things are interconnected and interdependent.
I like his integral understanding of a vertical (creation) and horizontal (unfolding) aspects to the evolution of the universe - this is definitely in tune with AQAL theory.
But I have a hard time believing we are "special" in the vastness of the universe. I have a hard time with the "conscious universe" perspective, even though it's one I used to call my own. But now it's a little more anthropic than I can grasp. Maybe that says more about me than it does about the universe?!
But in the words of Mulder, "I want to believe." So I will read his book (of which he has been so kind as to send me a review copy), with an open mind and see what happens.