“One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day” (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto. In this sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it. TITLE: The Empathic Civilisation. Speakers: Jeremy Rifkin. Chaired by: Date: Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. NB. This is an unedited.

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Think about it — if the central human quality is aggression, would we have survived civilizatlon long as a species? The author traces the history of empathy back to the beginning of history in an impressive arc that ends up with the Millennial generation.

No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly “think globally and act locally.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis

Well, if nothing else the result is likely to be: It is true that what we consider a solid objective world is actually a series of probability wave fronts, and that strengthens Rifkin’s argument that the self is a process, not jereym object. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Apr 04, Marshall rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Spiritually, these societies believed in local gods who were only known to others through oral tales.

We desperately need to reevaluate our rampant, unsustainable, hedonistic consumerism which doesn’t make us happier! I’m not necessarily converted to all his theories or his barely-suppressed optimism, but two experiences, one directly related to reading The Empathic Civilization and one indirectly related show how this paradigm-shifter shifted mine just a wee bit.

A similar revolution needs to happen now on the energy side, a radical turn of the tide from geopolitics to biosphere-politics.

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Open Preview See a Problem? The book was published by Jeremy P. Michael Dudly, reviewing for the Winnipeg Free Presslabelled the book “ambitious”, “deserving of a wide audience” and “at times fascinating but ultimately underwhelming”. Hard fact 3 The picture looks pretty grim, but cheer up: He calls this distributed capitalism because these energy sources are dispersed rather than centralized.

The Empathic Civilization

In reality, climate change is triggering another round of geopolitical conflict. The book was noted for its heft, in terms of its actual page numbers, exhaustive research, and dense academic language.

It is a direct result of the energy-intensive civilisation in which the affluent part of humankind lives, and which the rest very much wants to join. The first child labor law was enacted in s in England, prohibiting children under age nine from working in factories and limiting work hours of older children to eight hours a day until the age of fourteen.

Mar 19, I rated it really liked it. Rifkin extrapolates the changes in energy regimes to predict a shift in production towards renewable sources like wind and solar power under distributed i. It is a brilliant call to action, perhaps a last call. Amazingly, Rifkin, a consultant to the United Nations and the EU knows psychoanalytic concepts better than most psychiatrists and weaves these seamlessly into his theories which incorporate an in depth understanding of complex systems theory, and of course the history of civilization and religion.

But these increasingly complicated milieus require extensive energy use and speed us toward resource depletion.

In Rifkin’s realistic exploration of the idea, he draws on the past to make a case civiliaztion an evolution in human consciousness mythological, theological, ideological, psychological and dramaturgical based on changes in technology, energy use, education, parenting and human relationships.

Reinventing Organizations Frederic Laloux. The flip side of Cifilization argument — that native cultures mus Blah. The Empathic Civilization is divided into three parts with an introductory chapter that summarizes the contents and arguments of the book. The best, but most long-winded, part of this book is the history.

I felt like he did drone on unnecessarily at times and could have made his points more succinctly but overall, recommended. To many people, perhaps, the idea of an empathic civilization is oxymoronic.

Decentralization followed the collapse of the Roman Empire, as each town operated a water or wind mill and the printing press distributed literature, empowering more people. It was the first narrative to express universal human themes by the telling of an individual’s own story.

But if you can apply the right filters, you will find ‘The Empathic Civilization’ filled with some of the most important cultural ideas yet expressed this century, and you can always go back to Pinker or Turchin for a deeper dive.

The impact of climate change is rather to intensify human conflict.

With scripts, there was a empatgic from a mythological consciousness to a theological consciousness; individuals thought of themselves less in terms of a small, local group and more with a monotheistic religion which included a personal relationship with a god.

A biologist, Wilson explains the biology of our global ecosystem in a way that this non-scientist easily understood it. Our empathic embrace is our way of rooting for her and celebrating her civilizatino. In my view it is a necessary civilizattion for all humans on this Earth.

If you are feeling cynical or perhaps the opposite, you are tired of defending your optimistic point of So often we confront a world built on the seemingly foregone conclusion that humans are violent, aggressive, etc and thankfully Mr Rifkin has presented a cognizant, current and thoroughly researched refutation of this argument.

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