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Connecting neuropsychology and cognitive science with Freudian theory and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, this text aims to show that there is an empirical connection between what neuroscience tells us about the brain/behaviour, and what rituals and myths have long narrated.
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 the structure of the world itself? "Maps of Meaning" offers 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. Drawing insights from the worlds of neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Jordan B. Peterson argues that myths and religious stories have a structure determined by the nature of the mind, and play a key role in the regulation of human emotions. Ambitious in scope and daring in its exploration of ideas, "Maps of Meaning" presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.
Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto and was formerly at Harvard University. He has published numerous articles on drug abuse, alcoholism and aggression.
Preface: Descensus ad Inferos
Maps of Experience: Object and Meaning
Maps of Meaning: Three Levels of Analysis Normal and Revolutionary Life: Two Prosaic Stories Neuropsychological Function: The Nature of the Mind Mythological Representation:The Constitutent Elements of Experience
Apprenticeship and Enculturation: Adoption of a Shared Map
The Appearance of Anomaly: Challenge to the Shared Map Introduction: The Paradigmatic Structure of the Known Particular Forms of Anomaly The Rise of Self-Reference, and the Permanent Contamination of Anomaly with Death
"The book reflects its author's profound moral sense and vast erudition in areas ranging from clinical psychology to scripture and a good deal of personal soul-searching and experience...with patients who include prisoners, alcoholics and the mentally ill." -Montreal Gazette "This is not a book to be abstracted and summarized. Rather it should be read at leisure...and employed as a stimulus and reference to expand one's own maps of meaning. I plan to return to Peterson's musings and mapping many times over the next few years." -"Am J Psychiatry ..."a brilliant enlargement of our understanding of human motivation...a beautiful work." -Sheldon H. White, Harvard University ..."unique...a brilliant new synthesis of the meaning of mythologies and our human need to relate in story form the deep structure of our experiences." -Keith Oatley, University of Toronto
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