The Patterning Instinct: Understanding Meaning From Culture

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Culture shapes values, and those values shape history.

Jeremy Lent, The Patterning Instinct:A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning

This is the central thesis of Jeremy Lent’s book The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.

This is the author’s promotional video of the book.

Why is this relevant to you? Because everything we do, in our own work, play, or as leaders of others, involves meaning. It’s how we motivate ourselves and others toward common objectives.

Successfully living in multicultural environments comes from understanding the deep foundations of culture & how it shapes meaning in each person’s mind.

You can read reviews of Lent’s provocative book here (a more critical view by world historian Peter N. Stearns), and here (a New Scientist article entitled “A new history of cultural big ideas looks to the East for solace.”

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