Maps of Meaning

Maps of Meaning

The Architecture of Belief

Book - 1999
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Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself? From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1999.
ISBN: 9780415922227
Branch Call Number: 150.1 PE
Characteristics: xxii, 541 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Aug 13, 2018

This is a comprehensive book delineating what is meaning (i.e. what motivates people to act), how meanings come about from homo sapiens to possibly humanity in the future before humanity migrates to cyborg (my projection). I enjoyed the supporting evidences from neuroscience and the level of abstractions that Professor Jordan Peterson put together. He puts the use cases in the range of dramas, stories, dramas, religions, philosophies through these levels of abstractions to show how meanings come about for humanities around the world for as long as there were written records. A scholarly work!

Having read this book, I can understand how he has been able to put so many of his attackers in their places while he shares his wisdom in his popular book, The 12 Rules of Life.

Nov 13, 2017

I heard Jordan Peterson on the Joe Rogan podcast, and have been working through all of the books on his reading list. I requested the library buy his book, and I can't wait to read it. For those who have not heard it, it's Joe Rogan #877. It really is a must listen for reasonable people that are concerned about both the far left and far right in the Western world.


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