The Difference Between A Modern, A Post-Modern, And An Integrative Worldview, And Why You Should Know The Differences

David Nicoll, Ph.D
3 min readApr 13, 2022
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Worldview experts are showing us that there are three distinctly different worldviews active in the world right now. They are the the “Traditional Worldview, the “Modern Worldview,” the “Post-Modern worldview,” and the “Integrative Worldview.

As I’ve suggested elsewhere, each of these three worldviews hosts thousands of different mindsets that are the detailed frameworks driving the tiny habits and the more substantial behavioral routines we use to navigate the world.

These mindsets contain the answers we have crafted regarding issues like reality, causality, identity, and morality. Each of these mindsets is a representational map we’ve created that allows us to respond and adapt to the world we are living in.

Different Worldviews/Different Implications

Thousands of distinct mindsets flow out of today’s four worldviews. For instance, in America, those who adhere to a Traditional Worldview talk about unfortunate, downtrodden people as members of their “community” — distant cousins who need looking after. Those who adhere to a Modern Worldview talk about homeless people as aliens, illegal immigrants looking for a handout — “A free ride.” And those who adhere to the Post-Modern and Integrative Worldviews talk about homeless people as human beings who are less fortunate than most — “Good people who need an opportunity.” Three different stories from four different worldviews.

Five Key Take-aways

In today’s world, the Post-Modern and Integrative Worldviews’ “contingent” sense of reality is pointing us towards five startling new “realities.”

  • First, reality becomes ultimately unknowable. From the Post-Modern perspective, our “biology” and our “neurobiology” prevent us from experiencing the natural world directly. As a consequence, we can’t know it directly. No one has a “god’s eye view” of reality; therefore, no one can claim to absolutely to know the truth about what’s either known or real.
  • Second, truth and knowledge become linguistic constructions. The product of our language. What we see as accurate and what we…

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David Nicoll, Ph.D

I’m a dad, a reader, writer, and thought partner for individuals looking to improve their lives. My passion is learning and meeting this century’s challenges.