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Jeremy Lent: Culture, Conflict & Crisis

Elevate with Dan Astin-Gregory

In the midst of many issues facing humanity, it's easy to get caught up in tackling the most urgent priorities. However, if we fail to zoom out and examine the underlying causes of these issues, systemic change will likely remain a distant and unobtainable reality. Today I'm in conversation with author Jeremy Lent who has been described as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age” and has written two powerful books which examine how the evolution of the dominant worldview of civilizations throughout history may contribute to the challenges of today. In this episode we explore:- How our current worldview and culture are leading to chaos, conflict and crisis What factors determine our worldview and what can cause our culture to shift over time How a more integrated worldview could enable humanity and the natural world to thrive Tune in to find out how simple cultural shifts can help us to heal a divided society and transcend our current challenges.  Please join our mailing list at http://www.danastingregory.com/podcast for future updates--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elevate-podcast/message

1hr 11mins

11 Aug 2022

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Jeremy Lent on Restoring Connective Tissue

The AllCreation Podcast

In this interview, Jeremy Lent, "one of the greatest thinkers of our age" according to renown journalist George Monbiot, discusses ecological reality, how we understand it, and what we should do next as a society. Jeremy contrasts our modern ways of thinking about existence with the ancient ways from China and the world's Indigenous communities. He shares how connectedness, "which is to say love," is the essence of these ancient worldviews and today's burgeoning complexity science. Jeremy describes the necessity of "deep transformation" into an "ecological civilization," the reality that "the health of the whole system requires the health of each part of the system", and he shares what keeps him going. About JeremyJeremy Lent is author of two breakthrough books on consciousness and Western Civilization. The Patterning Instinct is a cultural history of humanity’s search for meaning, and The Web of Meaning explores and weaves together wisdom from ancient China, traditional Indigenous communities, Western philosophy, and today's Sciences. Jeremy also recently launched a global network for ecological civilization called The Deep Transformation Network. References The Patterning Instinct (Jeremy's first book) The Web of Meaning (Jeremy's second book) The Deep Transformation Network Confucianism - a philosophy / ethics Taoism - a philosophy / religion Buddhism - a philosophy / practice Neo-Confucianism - rationality-based fusion of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism  Complexity science Gewu: to study nature in order to learn how to trive António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations Coral reefs will collapse UN predicts billions of people will be facing severe water stress Jevons paradox Slavlov Zizek  Dualism The Selfish Gene is not true Re: the belief, "Humans and nature are selfish" Systems orientation to the world, how things connect  Mutually-beneficial symbiosis Consensus trance Ecological Civilization Program0:00 Welcome & IntroA REALITY CHECK4:00 How series is the ecological crisis? 7:40 How much disruption & suffering do you envision? 10:30 What’s driving this?16:15 How have we made “meaning” here in the West?20:30 Why do we believe Nature is a machine?A NEW VIEW OF REALITY24:00 What ancient Asian, Indigenous, and complexity science wisdom are you drawing from now?28:00 Chi & Li explanation 29:00 The contrast between neo-Confucian Gei Wu, Materialism’s desire to conquer Nature 34:15 Separation from Nature, our way of life, is madness, isn’t it?38:00 And the opposite, re-connecting, brings out love?CONNECTING to an ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION39:50 So, is the first step to reconnect to our own bodies?42: 50 What are the moral implications of our modern way of life? What is an Ecological Civilization? 47:15 Please identify some “ecological principles”51:10 What is The Deep Transformation Network?53:50 What keeps you going as a “possibilitarian”? What is your spiritual source, what is helping you do this?WRAP UP58:00 “How are your connections?”Quotes Even though in the West we’re just beginning to uncover the importance of making these connections, Traditional ways of making sense of things always focused on these connections. So in early China, for example, about 1,000 years ago, they integrated three of the great Chinese traditions from the past: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism…You don’t have the universe without all the stuff and all the relationships…Every one of (the big shifts) happened because of symbiosis with other species, where they take their specialist skills … and that is what we get from today, where if we walk in a forest we get … and transfer their seeds … and the fungal network underground… the whole thing is a symbiotic ecosystems. And if we can start to look at our human relationship, not at how can we conquer it, then we have a chance at shifting our trajectory.We can really understand “love” as being really, like, the realization and embrace of (our) connectedness. When we open our eyes, to that connectedness, embrace it with our being, that is love. . . It’s all about this recognition of connectedness.“I think therefore I am” … is saying that thinking capacity is the only thing that actually is fundamentally my identity… but again, this is where modern science shows how fundamentally wrong that is… It’s actually not the only part of our intelligence… What we really are as human beings is a combined, conceptual consciousness that allows us to think in those symbolic ways, and, what we can think of as our animate consciousness, our embodied wisdom, which actually is that vast bulk of what we are as human organisms and is also a gateway to connect us with the rest of life, because some of the deepest elements of what we have within our bodies are what we share with all life. And again, modern science validates that. Half of the genes we see in a banana are shared with us.… And that’s not just a gee whiz fact, what that basically points to is that the way in which our bodies organize themselves, the way in which they actually are coherent and allow us to have awareness and consciousness are deeply similar. . . In Biology this is called “homology,” the deep history of our evolution is shared with all these other creatures around us…Once we realize that other animals, far from being machines, are actually sentient, feeling beings. and, in fact that any animal with a nervous system and a brain capable of cognizing, the chicken, cows, and pigs that we put in those factory farms, those are animals that suffer. And they may not think in the same way we do, but they are suffering in every bit just as terrible a way from torture and a diminishment of their own life possibilities, just as humans would. . . There is a deep, a profound, moral implication to that. It’s quite possible that what we’ve done with factory farming, where 80 Billion animals every year are tortured and slaughtered for our benefit, is perhaps the greatest amount of suffering that has ever been caused on Planet Earth since life began billions of years ago. We have to face up to that. An “Ecological Civilization” looks at Life itself as the basis for how we actually construct our society.Ecosystems are based on principles of Life hat gave allowed them to be flouring in many cases through millions years, through changes in climate, through all kinds of disruptions, these ecosystems can accommodate that and stay healthy and resilient.An Ecological Civilization asks, “What are the principles that we can learn from Nature that we can apply to human Civilization that can allow for flourishing into the indefinite future?"The ancient Chinese had a concept called, “Ren.” To them Rev meant this profound sense of deep interconnectedness of all life. This recognition that we have … the opposite is “no Rev”, which translates to anesthesia. Perhaps the most important principle is "mutually-beneficial symbiosis."When we look at the way nature evolved, it evolved fractally. Basically “fractals” are patterns that repeat themselves at different scales. So you see that in things like lighting, the branching of the bronchia in our lungs, or neurons in the brain, or coastlines, you see it everywhere in Nature because they show self-organized activity. Ad ecosystems work fractally…Similarly, what that means if we apply that to human society is that the health of each part requires the health of the whole system. . . Our society can only truly flourish and make sure that they’re flourishing.There’s millions upon millions of people around the world who recognize there’s something is profoundly wrong, and they often times feel very isolated because they’re part of that consensus trance… We can only get to the transformation we need when we realize we’re part of this deeper systemic shift.The Deep Transformation Network is “a global community to share these ideas and to actually work together to realize how deeply interconnected all these transformations are within our society.We need to look very clearly that we are headed into something even worse, unless we do this transformation, and I think we need to recognize that to have those feelings is actually part of what it means to be alive, to have that Ren, to realize that dee[ connection to other life.  . . the sense of expanded identity that “I am life”.That recognition that I actually am Life, that really drives me… I look to Life itself, as a source of, "What does Life want from me?" And the answer i get is that Life wants me to feel into that pain enough to be energized, enough to care, enough to change what I’m doing in my life, to really struggle for Life’s own future. But Life doesn’t also want me to fall into some sort of pit of despair and get stuck there. It wants me to be engaged, to engage with others… so that together, as a group, we have the potential to turn things around. It’s about how I can amplify and resonate with the work of others, and how as a system of transformation we can make our civilization redirect — that’s what gives me a sense of what’s possible.Thanks for listening. This podcast is 1 of 4 keynotes from our Summer Solstice 2022 collection, "Restoring Connective Tissue." It was produced and edited by Chris Searles. 


21 Jun 2022

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The Power of Meaning & Interconnection - Jeremy Lent [354]

Mindful Mama - Parenting with Mindfulness

What makes life meaningful? Meaning comes from connection and interconnection but our dominant culture is one of separation from the rest of life. How do we then find meaning through connection? We talk about all of this and more this week with Jeremy Lent, author of The Web of Meaning. Watch this episode on the Mindful Mama Youtube channel! If you enjoyed this episode, and it inspired you in some way, I’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram stories, and tag me @mindfulmamamentor. Have you left a review yet? All you have to do is go to  Apple Podcasts or  Stitcher (or wherever you listen), and thanks for your support of the show! Takeaways: How to talk to our children about the climate crisis Cooperation may take a bigger role in evolution than competition How to make life meaningful Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. Get Hunter's book, Raising Good Humans now! Click here to order and get book bonuses! ABOUT HUNTER CLARKE-FIELDS: Hunter Clarke-Fields is a mindful mama mentor. She coaches smart, thoughtful parents on how to create calm and cooperation in their daily lives. Hunter has over 20 years of experience in mindfulness practices. She has taught thousands worldwide. Be a part of the tribe—we’re over 25 thousand strong! Join the Mindful Parenting membership. Take your learning further! Get my Top 2 Best Tools to Stop Yelling AND the Mindful Parenting Roadmap for FREE at: mindfulmamamentor.com/stopyelling/ Find more podcasts, blog posts, free resources, and how to work with Hunter at MindfulMamaMentor.com.

1hr 4mins

21 Jun 2022

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Episode 68: Web of Meaning with Jeremy Lent and Morag Gamble

Sense-making in a Changing World

Welcome to the Sense-Making in a Changing World podcast. I'm Morag Gamble and my guest in this episode is acclaimed author, educator and philosopher Jeremy Lent.  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Jeremy, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,”  investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. BOOKS BY JEREMY LENTJerermy's award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day.  His new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a solid foundation for an integrative worldview that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. JEREMY'S ORGANISATION AND NETWORKJeremy is the founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute focussing on connecting science and traditional wisdom to lay a solid foundation for a worldview of interconnectedness - a worldview that will enable humans to thrive on our planet harmoniously and sustainably.Since we recorded this conversation, Jeremy has also launched the Deep Transformation Network Jeremy, which I am helping to moderate.Jeremy also shares in his blog. PODCAST HOSTThis show is hosted by speaker, filmmaker, humanitarian, author and global teacher of permaculture teachers and Permayouth mentor, Morag Gamble of the Permaculture Education Institute.SUBSCRIBE FOR WEEKLY PODCAST NOTIFICATIONSBecome a subscriber to get notifications of my weekly podcast episodes, and please leave Sense-Making in a Changing World a lovely review (it helps the bots to find our little podcast), and please feel free to share :-)The original intro music, recorded here in the ecovillage where I live, is arranged and played my very talented friend and neighbour Kim Kirkman and the sound is edited by my fabulous one-and-only niece, Rhiannon Gamble.I’d like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the unceded lands from which I’m speaking with you, the Gubbi Gubbi, and pay my deep respect to their elders past present and emerging. 


8 Feb 2022

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FBL40 - Jeremy Lent: Meaning and Connection in the Age of Technology

Singularity Radio

This week my guest is Jeremy Lent, who is the author of several books, including The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning, and his more recent work, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find our Place in the Universe. Importantly, a great deal of Jeremy’s work addresses many of the topics that are near and dear to our hearts at Singularity, one of which is a sustainable, connected, and prosperous future. However, Jeremy believes that our current approach and worldview are causing humans, and therefore the technology we create, to often lead us in the opposite direction, towards a world of disconnection, destruction, and exploitation. To help us navigate these potential futures, Jeremy provides us with some incredibly well-articulated insights and metaphors that help frame the options that exist before us. Find Jeremy's work at https://www.jeremylent.com/ * Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali


24 Jan 2022

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Jeremy Lent - how to change the operating system of our society

The Expedition

Jeremy Lent is the author of two great books called 'The Patterning Instinct' and 'The Web of Meaning'. Jeremy has gone through a profound change in his own life - and nature has helped him becoming the person who he is today. That is a perfect point to start our conversation.After that we dig into years of research in order to help us understand how we can live in harmony with nature. In this episode, we start with his own journey from being the CEO of a credit card company to one of the greatest thinkers of our time. In our conversation, we touch upon a few topics:- why has our current worldview 'expired', how does that affect safety, equality and climate?- why would we need an ecological civilization and what would it look like?- what has Jeremy learned from his credit card company days, and how can you as a listener take that knowledge to work tomorrow?- we would need to 'change the operating system of our society', that sounds pretty big; why would we need it and how do we do it?- what can we learn from extreme veganism from the 90's?- where do you, as a manager, consultant, coach, leader or entrepeneur start if you want to use Jeremy's knowledge and contribute to a safe, sustainable, happy and equal world?Join the conversation on leadership for a better world by using #theexpedition I would love to hear some of your thoughts on the topic; reach out to @goodlifehike on Facebook or Instagram, or check out the website ExpeditionGoodLife.org The sound engineer of the introduction is Mattijs Franken / https://sneakersandsynthesizers.com/The voice in the introduction is Brian Lynam


24 Jan 2022

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Philosopher Jeremy Lent's Mind-bending Understanding of the Universe

Way of Nature with George Thompson

☯️ Web of Meaning by Jeremy Lent - has transformed how I see the world! https://amzn.to/3xzLc0n Books on Evolution Jeremy Recommends: Dance to the Tune of Life - Denis Noble: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Tune-Life-Biological-Relativity/dp/1107176247


16 Jan 2022

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The Integral Stage: AUTHOR SERIES

Layman welcomes Jeremy Lent to talk about his new book, The Web of Meaning.  In a wide-ranging discussion, they explore the intersections of complexity science and Taoist wisdom; the impact of earlier books of this kind, such as The Dancing Wu Li Masters; the nature of worldviews, questions around their causal influence, and the possibility of their transformation; the "greatest story ever told" (the modern cosmological story); the ontological reality of chi or subtle energy; embodied practices and dance as means of body-mind integration; the ecological crisis and moving beyond pessimism or optimism; the wisdom of slime molds; the integration of yu wei and wu wei, and of West and East, as a path out of the meaning crisis; the difference between complication and complexity; the neural differentiation of the 'I' and 'Me,' and how to bring them into harmony; the place of consciousness in the universe; and much more.   Jeremy Lent, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,” is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. Born in London, England, Lent received a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and was a former internet company CEO. 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. His new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a coherent and intellectually solid foundation for a worldview based on connectedness that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the Earth. He lives with his partner in Berkeley, California.   The Web of Meaning The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find our Place in the Universe: Lent, Jeremy: 9780865719545: Amazon.com: Books Professional website https://www.jeremylent.com Please consider supporting The Integral Stage on Patreon to make more of these conversations possible! https://www.patreon.com/theintegralstage

1hr 34mins

17 Sep 2021

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074 Jeremy Lent – Welcome Each Moment as a Sacred Treasure

State of Emergence

Philosopher, pro-activist and author Jeremy Lent joins Terry in a deep and vulnerable exploration of where we are right now as a species, the underlying nature of our ecological and civilizational crises and how we frame our work to catalyze emerging potential for a rapid collective transformation toward a sustainable future. They consider how a greater understanding of the interconnectedness and wholeness of life — both its evolutionary history and the always-active physical, biological, noetic and cultural patterns animating our reality — can inspire us into a new level of devotion to life itself, and its flourishing. They then explore how such devotion involves trusting and treasuring the difficult passages of our lives — personally and collectively. In fact, Jeremy points out that he’s come to treasure them especially — as they often become the gateways of transformation and new possibility.  Here are some of the questions that Jeremy and Terry explore in the episode: What are the differences between “deep adaptation” and “deep transformation”, and what role could each play in responding to our ecological crisis? How can we “trust, let go, and welcome each moment as a sacred treasure, especially the difficult ones?” How can we practice identifying with the flourishing of Life — with the processes and potentials animating all forms — and be catalyzed by Life’s evolutionary will to live? How does the practice of “beginner’s mind” benefit our collective project of re-envisioning culture and systems — and how can we practice it in our own lives? What kinds of relationships, communications, and social experiments can enable us, and many millions of others, to become more firmly grounded in our inherent love of life? Jeremy Lent is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming culture. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct, traced the patterns of thought and deep historical foundations that have led human civilization to the current dominant worldviews and crises of sustainability. Now his new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a very rich and solid foundation for an integrative worldview that could be the basis for a sustainable, flourishing future. For more information on Jeremy Lent and Terry Patten, check out the following resources: Jeremy Lent’s new book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Univers Jeremy’s previous book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning Jeremy’s website Our podcast website, stateofemergence.org Terry Patten’s nonprofit, A New Republic of the Heart Terry Patten’s personal website Would you consider making a donation to State of Emergence? The State of Emergence podcast is made possible by listeners’ contributions, through the nonprofit A New Republic of the Heart. If you appreciate our work, we would love for you to join us as a Friend of State of Emergence and help the podcast become financially sustainable through a monthly or one-time donation of any size. Also, we explore each episode in greater depth during our State of Emergence live Q&A events and our monthly supporters are always invited to join. A caring community is making it all possible and we’d love for you to be part of it! Register by clicking “Join the Conversation” at stateofemergence.org.

1hr 28mins

28 Aug 2021

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Jeremy Lent: The Web of Meaning

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Jeremy Lent returns to The Commonwealth Club to discuss the ideas in his new book, which weaves together the latest scientific findings with age-old philosophical insights to show how some of our most ingrained beliefs about human nature and the world are mistaken.Who am I? Why am I? How should I live? These are some of the oldest questions humans have grappled with. Our modern, high-tech society, having grown up in Darwins' shadow, assumes that humans are hardwired for selfishness, that we are separate from nature and so can exploit it, that we do best when left alone to pursue our own individual goals.Lent argues that the latest scientific research begs to differ, and that those ingrained but faulty beliefs—which got started in the 17th century and have since been updated with ideas like the “selfish gene”—underlie the environmental and social unraveling now threatening our very survival. Lent not only challenges outmoded beliefs, he also invites us to consider a new way of thinking about ourselves and the world that is both intellectually sound and spiritually vibrant. He weaves together the latest research in neuroscience and evolutionary biology with Buddhist, Taoist, and Indigenous wisdom, and shows how these seemingly disparate streams of thought are not only eminently compatible, but are the key to facing the existential problems of the 21st century.SPEAKERSJeremy LentFounder and President, The Liology Institute; Author, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the UniverseIn Conversation with George HammondAuthor, Conversations With SocratesIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on July 14th, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 11mins

18 Aug 2021