Maps of Meaning

Maps of Meaning

The Architecture of Belief

Book - 1999
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Why would people in different places and times formulate myths and stories with similar symbols and meanings? Are groups of people with different religious or ideological beliefs doomed to eternal conflict? Are the claims of science and religion truly irreconcilable? What might be done to decrease the individual propensity for group-fostered cruelty? Maps of Meaning addresses these questions with a provocative new hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths and religious stories have long narrated. Peterson's ambitious interdisciplinary odyssey draws insights from the worlds of religion, cognitive science and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative. Maps of Meaning offers a critical guide to the riches of archaic and modern thought and invaluable insights into human motivation and emotion.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1999
ISBN: 9780415922210
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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