Alan Macfarlane: “A World without a World View”.
This is worthwhile. I came across this earlier this evening. It’s a half-hour talk given by one Alan Macfarlane on YouTube, and it’s entitled “A World Without A World View”. It’s actually quite a fine description of what we’re calling “chaotic transition” here, although Macfarlane seems to think of it less as transitional and more like “the new normal”. It is, nonetheless, a very good description of the fragmentation and disintegrative tendency of Late Modern consciousness, and once you listen to it, you will, I suspect, have a much better appreciation of what the phrase “chaotic transition” and what Gebser’s meaning of the “disintegration of a consciousness structure” really signifies.
There’s a certain irony in Macfarlane’s talk, though. For although he speaks of the dissolution into “mist” of all paradigms, he unwittingly acknowledges one that he probably doesn’t think of as a paradigm at all — imagination.