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The Patterning Instinct

A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
Lu par : Derek Perkins
Durée : 19 h et 14 min
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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 listener 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 is not an inevitable result of human nature, but is culturally driven: a product of particular mental patterns that could conceivably be reshaped. By shining a light on our possible futures, the book foresees a coming struggle between two contrasting views of humanity: one driving to a technological endgame of artificially enhanced humans, the other enabling a sustainable future arising from our intrinsic connectedness with each other and the natural world. This struggle, it concludes, is one in which each of us will play a role through the meaning we choose to forge from the lives we lead.

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©2017 Jeremy Lent and Fritjof Capra (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 29/03/2018

Wonderful book! Changes your perspective on the human race and where we might be going.

I really enjoyed this book, to the point where I had to go out and buy a hard copy. Having been very depressed about the state of our nation and the world in general, reading this book has shifted my perspective, given me a sense of something to work towards, and a deeper understanding of

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  • David Carter
  • 24/10/2017

Best science and philosophy read ever.

This is by far the most thought provoking book of its kind of which I heard. The historical, scientific, phylosophycal, and theological aspects brought to light are boundless. I am on my third listen and am continuing to enjoy the concepts presented.
Anyone that wonders about the history of great ideas involving the evolution of thought throughout history will be entertained for hours.
This audiobook should be required listen for all secondary science teachers as well as history teachers.

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  • 11/08/2019

contains a varied perspective

Struggled a little to read it in couple of points, but supper interesting, very deep approach, enthusiastic in connecting view points of history, social, philosophical, religious, industrial, economic fields .If you have interest in any of those field you will be intertained by the interwoven plot of meaning in between them!

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  • Andrew R. Nairne
  • 11/03/2019

Absolutely fabulous book.

this book surpass Sapien and Deus as the best book I ever read. unbelievably good!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07/01/2019

Great perspective on human past, present & future

A must read/listen for anyone interested in a brief, but coherent account of how modern western societies got to be the way they are today. Also provides a compelling perspective on living a better life and how to leave a better world to future generations.

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  • Jose J Olivo
  • 13/12/2018

A fantastic venture

I purchased the book but couldn't stand not to be reading it while driving , so got the audiobook as well. The material was totally worth the price I paid and I have been raving about this book to anyone who will listen.

The audiobook's performance was so spot on it became the voice in my head when I'm reading the actual book.

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  • Takatin
  • 02/06/2018

Wow, this is a great book, i learned so much!

i love how there a story for every point, i also felt there was a steady flow of thought that lead to the point. i learned the growth of philosophy from different global regions and how they influence the philosophy of today's world. i would like to thank the author for putting the time and effort into creating this book!

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  • Lars Bünning Daugaard Larsen
  • 08/03/2018

Wordflooding

A lot of words, a lot of history of ancient philosophy and religion. Ordinary content, masquerading as a new original take on human nature.

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  • JUAN R. BUJOSA BRUN
  • 30/01/2018

60 por ciento habla de religión

No es lo que esperaba. El titulo confunde. Los primeros capitulos estan bien. Luego explica las distintas religiones.

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  • 12/06/2019

Worse than Sapiens

Same cheap recipe: cook up a theory that reduces mankind's history to a simple premise; now, since it doesn't stand a chance against the slightest scrutiny, instead of writing a well argued short essay, dedicate 300 pages to provide random "facts" (big quotes) that fit your purpose.

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