Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Psychology - 541 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Three Levels of Analysis
19
Normal Life
28
The Amhivalent Nature of Novelty
43
The Motor and Sensory Units of the Brain
49
The Regeneration of Stahility from the Domain of Chaos
56
The Multiple Structure of Memory
74
Ahstraction of Wisdom and the Relationship of Such Ahstraction to Memory
80
Bounded Revolution
86
The Heavenly Genealogy of the Destructive and Creative Mothers
170
J The Exploratory Hero as Son of the Heavenly Mother
182
Order the Great Father as Son of the Urohoros
208
The Exploratory Hero as Son of the Great Father
214
Adoption of a Shared Map
216
Challenge to the Shared Map
233
The Paradigmatic Structure of the Known
242
in Image and Word
252

The Positive Constituent Elements of Experience Personified
107
The Death of Apsu and the ReEmergence of Tiamat as Threat
116
ZI The Enuma elish in Schematic Representation
123
The Battle Between Osiris and Seth in the Domain of Order
129
Ik The Involuntary Descent and Disintegration of Osiris
130
The Constituent Elements of Experience as Personality Territory and Process
136
The Birth of the World Parents
145
Novelty the Great Mother as Daughter of the Urohoros
155
31 Unexplored Territory as Destructive Mother
162
The Crucified Redeemer as Dragon of Chaos and Transformation
280
The Voluntary Descent of the Buddha
293
Archetypes of Response to the Unknown 3 0 7
308
WorldTree of Death and Redemption
398
The Alchemical Opus as Normal Story
422
Notes
496
References
503
Permissions
513
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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.

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