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Mark Allan Kaplan
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Media Psychologist and Transdisciplinary Artist, Filmmaker, Researcher, Consultant, and Educator
Media Psychologist and Transdisciplinary Artist, Filmmaker, Researcher, Consultant, and Educator

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Here is the next re-publication of one of my early integral cinema essays I did on Integral Life years ago. This essay is an integrally-informed exploration of my first encounter with cinematic expression and how it changed my perception of my self, others, the world and the art and craft of movie-making. This is part of my effort to put together all my writings on integral and cinema in one place online and offer them for free to serve the greater community...enjoy and stay tuned for more...
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I just re-published an early essay I did on Integral Life years ago about an Integral revelation I had when applying the Big Three perspectival lens on a major turning point event in my life as a Hollywood "golden boy." I have decided to put together all my writings on integral and cinema in one place online and offer them for free to serve the greater community...enjoy and stay tuned for more...
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Black Panther Marks a Major Integral Cinema Milestone
Marvel's Black Panther is taking the world by storm, raking in over a billion dollars worldwide in its first five weeks of theatrical release, garnering rave reviews from critics and fans, challenging racial and diversity biases and boundaries in Hollywood ...
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Preview and cliff notes for the upcoming Integral Cinema deep dive into "Black Panther"...unlocking the hidden genius of this groundbreaking integral cinematic work...
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Introductory talk on the major global-scale transition we are facing and what it will take for us to make it through it...with Jordan Greenhall, Daniel Schmachtenberger, et al...of the neurohacker collective...
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The Ark of Consciousness: A Creative Inquiry into a Model for Transformative Spatial Metadesign
Announcing the online posting of The Ark of Consciousness , my Masters Integral Paper that introduces a model for transformative spatial design that I developed using the example of the development of a transformative community and university with outreach,...
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n this article and in the full podcast it points to Jordan Greenhall touches on a very important point on how our media communicates mythopoetic messages from our collective consciousness and how there are major times when this collective communication is communicating what we need to grok to face great collective challenges. This correlates to the data the Integral Cinema Project has gotten from our research into the co-evolution of the moving image, consciousness, culture and society and we are indeed seeing clear signs that the last few years this has indeed been happening...stay tuned for our report on this. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from this article exploring how the integrally-informed series "Game of Thrones" is communicating to us on this level...

"Game of Thrones is a really fucking good metaphor. If you think about how this sort of thing works, human beings don’t live long enough to actually be able to pass our wisdom down. Effectively, no human being alive has actually experienced a real, deep, large-scale systemic crisis. People who lived in, say, Rwanda during that Rwandan genocide experienced it in their local environment, but nobody’s actually felt a civilization-level threat because those don’t come around very often. But, our civilizations have, and we store that wisdom at the mythopoetic level. That’s why mythopoetics exists. That’s why we have big, deep stories that are shared, and they live at a level of myth, not the level of narrative.

The fact that a show like the Game of Thrones is coming up, that is telling exactly the right story at a mythopoetic level, I think is not random. I think that it is, you know, if you look at all the stories that have been circling around for the past several decades, they’re all kind of exploring this territory, and Game of Thrones has been selected for because all of us unconsciously recognize that we’re in that state. We are playing the Game of Thrones, and winter is coming. Now, winter as a metaphor actually comes with two pieces, and it’s very important to hold both, because on the one hand we have an ecological crisis, in the sense of: winter is coming down and changing the state that we’re in. But at a much deeper level is the fact that this ecological crisis is actually carrying the essence of the White Walkers, who represent death itself. I remember the last phrase from the last episode: Jon Snow: “We’re all on the same team because we’re all breathing.” Extinction is something we all have in common, but it’s very, very difficult to grasp that.

So, the problem that we’ve been seeing in the last couple of episodes of Game of Thrones is actually an excellent example of the problem that we’re running into in our civilization. How do I believe in the White Walkers? How do I believe that winter is coming? I’m living down in King’s Landing, where it’s balmy, and the present challenge is still that people want to poison me. Why would I spend a moment’s time worrying about this mythological construct of White Walkers, right? And the same thing’s happening in the world. I’m sitting in Washington D. C., where I’m engaging in survival conflict with other political operators who I’ve been ostensibly fighting with for decades. Why do I care about these sort of abstract distant threats? It’s hard for me to really grasp. Like, prove to me that the climate change is really going to have any impact that matters to me. Prove to me that asymmetric warfare is going to have an impact that matters to me."
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