Russell Beard

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  • The Patterning Instinct

  • A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
  • By: Jeremy Lent, Fritjof Capra - foreword
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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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.

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  • By Nathaniel on 10-01-18

little bit dissapointing

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Reviewed: 11-08-18

not sure about this one .. seemed a bit ironic that while he is saying language and culture form our societies.. and new ideas could take us in new directions (so far so good) and his stated intention is to help nudge humanity toward a more humane and sustainable future with higher quality of life while reducing the negative impact on the planet etc... and yet there are no new ideas in the book!.. it reads like a series of book reviews.. its basically a compendium of cultural histories and insights from other writers ..loosely stiched together with a tenuous "patterning" theme.. and finishes with a pretty weak conclusion.. bit dissapointing .. well read though and an entertaining overview for people not allready familiar with the topics discussed..

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