Episode 074 The Systems Worldview of Human History

Episode 74

The Systems Worldview of Human History

February 8, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews author and integrator, Jeremy Lent. Lent integrates systems biology, complexity science and neuroscience with ancient wisdom traditions to explore how different cultures throughout human history have created meaning. He shares many perspectives from his book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanities Search for Meaning, including how he believes humanity has gotten to where it is today and where it could be heading.


Show Notes

Quotes from this episode:

“We can use both traditional wisdom and modern complexity science as ways to try to get into some of the deepest questions about life that Western reductionist thinking seems to really miss through it’s structure of thought.” - Jeremy Lent

“We can look at how effective reductionism is to understand things...and at the same time we can recognize that the reductionist approach to science is really unable to understand any system in its entirety.” - Jeremy Lent

“It’s the refusal of reductionist to look at the connections between things as being just as important as the separate part themselves that cause, I think, so many problems.” - Jeremy Lent

“We can think of complexity science and systems thinking as really the sciences of connection rather than the sciences of separation.” - Jeremy Lent

“Where does meaning really come from in our lives? What is truly meaningful?” - Jeremy Lent

“We have to transform our values and the way we get meaning from the world.” - Jeremy Lent

“We should be asking ourselves, where do I get my values from? Where do I get my meaning in life?” - Jeremy Lent

“Meaning really is a function of the network. Meaning arises from the ways in which everything connects up.” - Jeremy Lent


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