In general terms the search for meaning refers to making sense of our experiences.
This is survival-oriented and basic to the human brain.
While the ways in which we make sense of our experience change over time, the central drive to do so is life long.
Something of the extent of human purposes was expressed by Maslow. Thus, the search for meaning ranges from the need to eat and find safety, through the development of relationships and a sense of identity, to an exploration of our potential and the quest for transcendence.
a theory of mind and brain that proposes that the operational principle of the brain is holistic , parallel, and analog, with self-organizing tendencies; or, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences p. 126-28
“ This theory is a pluralized way of understanding the intellect. Recent advances in cognitive science, developmental psychology and neuroscience suggest that each person's level of intelligence, as it has been traditionally considered, is actually made up of autonomous faculties that can work individually or in concert with other faculties.”