Reviews of The Patterning Instinct since publication
"Joining the dots between points in history and culture"
New Scientist, May 24, 2017 | Pat Kane
"AS THE daily turbulence of politics, economics, environmental change and religion rages around us, there is an understandable marketplace for books that look at the bigger picture. Jeremy Lent’s The Patterning Instinct does just that, joining the dots between points in history and culture, identifying echoes and consiliences across the natural and social sciences...
"Similar to Yuval Noah Harari’s recent, and equally expansive, Homo Deus, Lent’s book seeks some perspective on our modern juggernaut of radical innovation and global polarisation...
"But while Harari’s no-self Buddhism comes close to exulting in the way humankind will be overtaken by intelligent algorithms, Lent finds a place for connecting, meaning-seeking humans in this complex future."
"A vast intellectual adventure"
The Reading Lists, October 21, 2017 | George Monbiot
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"A remarkable book – perhaps the most profound and far-reaching I’ve ever read – called The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent. It’s about humanity’s search for meaning, and the way in which culture shapes the cognitive pathways in our minds and pushes us to think and behave in particular patterns.
"I see it as the 21st Century version of The Golden Bough by JG Frazer: a vast intellectual adventure, sweeping through thousands of years of human history."
in this interview on December 20, 2017 with Blackwells, The Guardian columnist George Monbiot tells how The Patterning Instinct is having “a profound effect on his thinking,” and has “changed his entire worldview.”