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Overview

We all carry a picture of the world in our mind, but is that "map" a true layout of the reality that surrounds us? If not, how can we use it to guide our steps toward the 21st century and beyond without creating shocks and surprises that impair our well-being and threaten our survival? We shall not survive, either as individuals or as a species, if our maps fail to accurately reflect the nature of the world that surrounds us. The authors attempt, through reviewing the origins, development, and current changes in individual and social cognitive maps, to prompt readers to become more conscious of their own map, and better able to adapt it to the exigencies of our changing world. The book ends with a vision of the global bio- and socio-sphere, the unified cognitive map which is emerging in laboratories and workshops of the new physics, the new biology, the new ecology, and the avant-garde branches of the social and historical sciences. Changing Visions also recognizes that these sciences alone cannot promote the formation of maps faithful to reality, and that religion, common sense, and even art can fill in and sharpen one's world-picture.
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An explanation of how human beings and societies create "cognitive maps" which form our reality and write the moral conduct for our cultures. The authors raise some interesting questions about morality, reality, religion, science, and art while forming a description of this neurophysical and psychological theory. Perhaps most interesting is the question raised in the concluding chapters: Can we change our maps? The answer belongs to the mysteries of evolution, though the possibilities are delicious as a way out of the fragmentation which plagues modern society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275956776
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1996
  • Series: Praeger Studies on the 21st Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

ERVIN LASZLO is Rector, European Academy for Evolutionary Management and Applied Studies, Scientific Advisor to the Director-General of UNESCO, and author or coauthor of 51 books.

ROBERT ARTIGIANI is in the Department of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

ALLAN COMBS is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

VILMOS CSANYI is in the Department of Behaviourial Genetics at the University of Budapest, Hungary.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Cognitive Maps of Individuals

The Creation of Cognitive Maps

Cognitive Maps in Animals

Cognitive Maps in Children

Cultural Maps

Moral Maps

The Cognitive Maps of Societies

Of Brains and Societies

Morality, Maps, and Social Reality

Collective Experience, Myths, and Maps

Maps, Songs, and Writing

The Maps of the Religions

The Medieval Cognitive Map

The Breakup of the Medieval Cognitive Map

The Rise of the Cognitive Map of Modern Science

Current Changes in Cognitive Maps

Changes in Individual Cognitive Maps

Changes in Social Cognitive Maps

The Evolutionary Map of the Sciences

Bibliography

Index

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