The Patterning Instinct : A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning

    The Patterning Instinct : A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning / Jeremy Lent, etc Fritjof Capra - Author of introduction, Derek Perkins - Narrator (audiobook)

    This fresh perspective on crucial questions of history identifies the root metaphors that cultures have used to construct meaning in their world. It offers a glimpse into the minds of a vast range of different peoples: early hunter-gatherers and farmers, ancient Egyptians, traditional Chinese sages, the founders of Christianity, trailblazers of the Scientific Revolution, and those who constructed our modern consumer society.

    Taking the reader on an archaeological exploration of the mind, the author, an entrepreneur and sustainability leader, uses recent findings in cognitive science and systems theory to reveal the hidden layers of values that form today's cultural norms.

    Uprooting the tired clichés of the science-religion debate, he shows how medieval Christian rationalism acted as an incubator for scientific thought, which in turn shaped our modern vision of the conquest of nature. The author probes our current crisis of unsustainability and argues that it...

    sociology culture Christians scientific thought consumer society system theory cognitive science science of religion tradition Early Christianity psyche

    Blackstone Publishing
    ENG EISBN:9781538450581