Friday, July 30, 2010

Douglas J. Tataryn, Ph.D. - Evolving Brains in Quadrants (EBIQ): The Three Dimensional Structure of AQAL - #itc2010

[Pre-lecture]: Now we are getting into my realm, the stuff that makes me excited - brain science and integral theory. I have some thoughts on Dan Siegel related to this talk - that I jotted down on the plane ride to Oakland - which I will share later.

Douglas J. Tataryn, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba: Evolving Brains in Quadrants (EBIQ): The Three Dimensional Structure of AQAL.

Wilber's integral theory posits five foundational constructs for understanding the whole of human existence: Quadrants, Levels, Lines, States and Types. My EBIQ theory expands on that work and posits that two constructs, the Triune Brain and Quadrants, placed in a temporal context, give rise to the four remaining dimensions of the AQAL model. This paper explicates that process for Levels and Lines of development, and provides a brief summary of how Types and States of consciousness emerge from this model. Mclean (1978) proposed that the human brain is composed of three distinct but highly interconnected brains which reflect our evolutionary past. Referring to these as the physical, emotional, and intellectual brains respectively, and watching over time, we see how the first six levels of Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi) emerge as each brain successively awakens to hold our primary sense-of-self and unfolds, first within the individual and then the collective quadrants. The potential for SDi stages Yellow and Turquoise occur when the sense-of-self transcends all of the brains and perceives their activity as objects, not self, within the individual and collective quadrants, respectively. All possible Lines of human development are circumscribed by examining the potentiality of each brain, at each level of development, within the individual and collective quadrants. For example, at SDi Orange, Intellectual, Rational, and Logical Lines of development emerge when the intellectual brain comes into prominence in an individual context. The Moral Line is a product of the emotional brain, in the collective context, beginning at SDi Amber and refined at Green and then Turquoise levels.

Dr. Tataryn received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1991 from the University of Arizona, minoring in statistics and research methodology. He is presently in full-time private practice (clinical, research, life-coaching, corporate psychology) and is an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He was previously a research professor with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, a clinical psychologist with the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, and post-doctoral fellow of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Dr. Tataryn's research and clinical focus has been on understanding the central role of emotional processes in psychological well-being and the development of chronic diseases. He is published in psychology, health services research, and research methodology. Dr. Tataryn is a long-time meditator (30+ years) and conducts seminars in areas such as the Bio-Emotive Integral Framework, integral theory, sports psychology, and the integration of psychology and spirituality.
[Post-lecture]: This is an interesting and somewhat disconcerting combination of Don Beck's SDi and Wilber's AQAL. He posits two 2nd tier stages and one 3rd tier stage (with two substages).

I really need to read the paper on this one - his use of the triune brain - physical (reptilian), emotional (mammalian), and intellectual (primate) - is very general and abstracted from actual brain structures and functions.

For example, how does this map onto Antonio Damasio's proto self, core self, autobiographical self?

My sense is that in the early stages, he has a pretty solid grasp of the generalizations - the first tier neuroscience stuff is possibly accurate, but because is views of 2nd tier and 3rd tier are hard to conceive of based on what I know of neuroscience - like I said, I need to read the paper.

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