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Towards a Culture of Fractal Flourishing

As we collectively question the foundations of our global culture, its systems, and our individual lifestyles, we are in great need of guidance around human identity, values and how we create meaningful and life-honouring lives.

In this conversation with author Jeremy Lent we dive into the methods and impact of meaning-making, the history and cultural differences of the human identity, mirror neurons and group coherence, hedonia and eudaimonia, and the possibility of fractal flourishing.

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In this podcast we talk about:

02:40 The impact of meaning-making
07:35 The selfish gene vs collaboration
12:22 The rise of dominant hierarchies
15:00 Origins of the body/mind split
20:40 Expanding the human identity
23:50 The power of ontological reductionism
27:50 The indigenous worldview
32:45 Mirror neurons and group coherence
36:30 Our fundamental interconnectedness
42:30 The outcomes of extractive capitalism
49:00 Hedonia and eudaimonia
53:40 What is fractal flourishing
1:00:10 The “future” is a verb

Resources Mentioned:

The web of meaning, Jeremy Lent
The patterning instinct, Jeremy Lent
Dan Siegel
The spirit level, Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

About Jeremy

Jeremy Lent

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning, explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. He is founder of the non-profit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated, life-affirming worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on Earth.


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