Flow, Metaphor, and the Axial Revolution

Awakening from the Meaning Crisis 2

January 23, 2019

Vervaeke traces the development of human meaning-making abilities through two major transitions: the Upper Paleolithic when shamanic practices enhanced cognition and metaphorical thinking, and the Axial Age when literacy and abstract thought allowed greater self-awareness and self-transcendence. He connects these historical events to modern cognitive concepts like flow states, implicit learning, and metaphor to explain the origins of profound human capacities for finding wisdom and making meaning.

Flow, Metaphor, and the Axial Revolution

John Vervaeke


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