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Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
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am 29. Juni 1999
In these days where the academic reinforcement schedule is such that reward comes from knowing more and more about less and less, it is wonderful to see someone tackle the big problems in a grand theory - and Jordan Peterson does address some big problems. He aims his analytical lens at the motivational and behavioral dynamics behind evil and meaning. These issues seem to be most often addressed by theogians whose presuppositions are difficult for a rational person to digest whole, or by New Age fuzzy thinkers. This book is most definitely not New Age (Joe Campbellites beware - meaning is not simple bliss!) in its hard look at what mythic narrative, as a phenomenon devoted to motivation and behavior, is about and what it can tell us today.
I found the book taught me lessons in the neuropsychology of emotion, moral philosophy, and the deep structure of mythic narrative - and weaved these disparate fields into a coherent, powerful tool of interpretation (which is what a good theory should be). Undoubtedly there are weaknesses in Jordan's understanding of each of these individual fields, but his synthesis is pretty interesting, at worst, and profound, at best. This is a challenging read, both in the scope and difficulty of the material and in the way your thinking about your self and the world is challenged. For those with a good attention span and a synthetic curiosity about the world, I would recommend this book highly.
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am 11. Oktober 1999
One of the most influential books I've ever read, Maps of Meaning takes an unflinching look at what truly drives human behavior, and human choices. Drawing on an incredible range of material, from philosophy to literature, from cognitive psychology to religion, it manages to weave a rich tapestry of the issues underlying the human condition. Essential reading for any intellectual.
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am 12. Juli 2000
I had the opportunity to read his original manuscript when I was a student at Harvard. His class, text, and brilliant insights into the human condition truly expanded, challenged, and forever changed the way that I view religion, psychology and meaning. This book remains a "must read!"
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am 7. Januar 2000
I took Prof. Peterson's personality psychology class at Harvard, which incorporated many of the themes he explores in his book. It was the single most mind-blowing, life-changing course I have ever taken. Peterson is a rare genius.
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