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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Broad and Focused
It provides a comprehensive learning experience through the history of man and presents a compelling argument for the routing of understanding and being. It's written expansively, sympathetically, transparently, compassionately and with a focus and pacing that impels one to continue on.
As someone quite new to reading deeply into the human condition and its developments, this book further motivated me to continue my learning. It taught me much and opened my mind to many new discoveries and yet many new questions.
I can highly recommend this book. The narration is strong and intelligent and Jeremy Lent's effort here is to be seriously considered and pondered upon. I will surely look into his future work, of which I hope there is much.