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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. Her latest book is Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland's ill health. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 03/10/2007 | 8 Comments

I'm off to the Positive Psychology Summit in Washington tomorrow. This is event is sponsored by Gallup and they've hosted it for the past few years. I've never gone to this event and I'm looking forward to it as anyone who has been says it's a very stimulating event. I'm staying on an extra day as I've been invited on to the International Steering Group for Positive Psychology and the first meeting is on Sunday.

As well as looking forward to the discussions and chance to meet people, I just can't wait to get into the plane and start reading some of the books I've got for the journey. I've recently discovered Ken Wilber's A Theory of Everything and I'm so intrigued by his perspectives that I've now gone out and bought two more of his books. One of the books is called 'Boomeritis' and it is essentially about how post-modernism, with its relativism and denial of objectivity, feeds a narcissistic obsession with the self and its own interests and perspectives.

I've known something of Ken Wilber for the past few years. Phil Hanlon is a fan and I've heard others saying he is the one of the most impressive American contemporary thinkers. Having dipped into some of the ideas that Wilber is outlining I'm keen to know more. Of course, there are positive aspects to post-modernist thought but I think Wilber's critique is right - post-modernism and political correctness is now standing in the way of the type of thinking required to deal with some of the world's problems.
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Comment Posted: 08/10/2007 12:37
Is it allowed to ask about something other than your last blog entry?

I read your article on McIlvanney's Docherty, and found what you wrote about the female characters very interesting. I study Scottish Literature and Calvinistic influence. I was fascinated by Jenny Docherty throughout the reading of the novel and want to include her character in my study. In what way do you feel that she is affected by Calvinism?
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Comment Posted: 08/10/2007 18:44
That was fast. Thank you!

I will try to get hold of your book because it will fit my thesis very well, I think. I really liked Jenny Docherty. She is "insignificant" in the story but it was her and her daughter that appeared from the shadows when I read it; it was their lives I became interested in.

I'm from Norway and study English at a University here.
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Comment Posted: 09/10/2007 16:57
It is hard to get hold of your book! Online book stores say they can get it, but it will take 5-6 weeks... Do you know if it also comes as an e-book?
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Comment Posted: 23/10/2007 23:36
Have you seen his work and also Don Beck's on Spiral Dynamics? It may be of interest if not.

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Comment Posted: 23/11/2007 19:54
Hi Carol

I've been on the lookout for folks who are engaging with Ken Wilber's work in Scotland for a while and a google search just turned up this entry...

I was over at an integral ecology & sustainability seminar in 2004 and it's informed much of the work I've done at the Centre for Human Ecology since that time (http://www.che.ac.uk) and more recently freelance on a rural leadership programme with Falkland Centre for Stewardship (http://www.che.ac.uk)http://www.community.nickwilding.com for more on all this). Also, got a blog on resilience - resilienceblog.com - might be of interest.

Best wishes, could be good to connect sometime?

Nick Wilding
Falkland, Fife
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