In this week’s episode Jeremy Lent speaks with Joanna about: liology, the marriage of complexity and ancient Eastern wisdom; holding together the unity and differentiation of things; our responsibility in being part of the web of life; connectivity is the meaning; the hypnosis of the modern consumer society; a sustainable worldview that incorporates scientific understanding and a spiritual sense of connection; the resurgence of a social, cultural and scientific movement going beyond the breakthroughs of the 60s; feeling the possibilities of our interconnectedness; kindness, the recognition and expression of our human relatedness.
Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current crisis of sustainability. He is a founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. His most recent work, “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning”, traces the deep historical foundations of our modern worldview. Lent is currently working on his next book provisionally entitled “The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom”, which combines findings in cognitive science; systems theory, and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole. He holds regular community workshops to explore these topics through contemplative and embodied practices in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik