My thanks to my friend Francine for passing along to me a link to a series of audio casts on Evolutionary Spirituality. This past weekend, I saved the MP3 files onto my laptop and put them into a Playlist on my iPod, listening to them while I exercise. I’ve listened to the first two casts so far. Interesting stuff!
Coincidentally, I’ve started reading Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science, by Charles S. Jacobs, and it seems to me there’s some good correspondence. Jacobs writes about how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is giving us a better understanding of how the brain works and the resulting consequences of that. (For a contrary opinion on the use of fMRI and brain studies, see Jonah Lehrer’s Wired article, Lost in the Details: How Breaking Everything Down to Particles Blinds Scientists to the Big Picture.)
I’ve only just started reading chapter 3 of this book, but one of the things that has been emphasized so far is the importance of stories on how we think and act; to change the way we and others think and act; and to better understand ourselves and others and even the way things work (e.g. natural processes and businesses). The difference is between the statement of a fact, theory, or belief and the telling of a story that describes who you are, how you got to where you are, and why it is you believe in the fact, theory, or belief, which is much more persuasive.
Both Jacobs and the good folks of the evolutionary spirituality audio casts discuss evolution. And the evolutionary spirituality folks do a good job in telling stories to help the listeners change their thinking from what Jacobs would describe as a Aristotelian view, looking at everything as purely objects, to a more mental or higher reasoning view, which the evolutionary spirituality folks would describe as a spiritual viewpoint.
Stories, metaphores, and paradigms, all discussed in Management Rewired, directly relate to creativity, which I’ll either write about in a future blog entry or talk about in a future podcast episode. Stay tuned!