“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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Hard fact 2 While using up our main energy source fossil fuelwe are precisely bringing about a change in the Earth climate such as has not been observed in millions of years. Rifkin believes this new system will allow people to solve more complex issues, such as climate change and pathogenic pandemics, focus more on quality of life rather than materialistic issues, and value collaboration over competition.

To many people, perhaps, the idea of an empathic civilization is oxymoronic. Although, I will say I think Rifkin is a little too impatient with nuclear power, and I think his main objection stems from his optimism and impatience to commence the new, empathic world order. This book lays down the case that we are heading into the age of empathy and biosphere consciousness — characterized by compassion, grace, and a nonjudgmental attitude toward others — which will be critical to sustaining our modern age, but does not speculate as to what this would look like seek to predict the future.

A delusional fantasy that humanity is evolving toward a higher consciousness, when any evolutionary biologist will tell you that evolution is “dumb” –i.

Wilson would heartily agree with that. I renewed this book from the library twice, but I’m glad I finished it. The book is much too long mainly because ekpathic wants to include all kinds of themes he is ‘wandering all over the place’ like another reviewer has written. Just in time, too, jeremj the fuels th Part biology, part psychology, part history, and all philosophy, this is a book that deserves to be read slowly and digested, not raced through.

Whatever lapses in intellectual probity they might reveal, the messages are being used to obscure a mass of evidence showing that anthropogenic climate change is real, and may be occurring more rapidly than previously believed. As for information- the rikfin introduces readers to a litany of fascinating insights related to such diverse fields as economics, psychology, history, politics, science, theology, and philosophy.


The Empathic Civilization

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Rifkin is a brilliant guy, who portrays his ideas in a very clean and enjoyable writing style. He argues that we are on This is an enormous book, covering the entire psychological history of our civilization, positing an argument for the direction we are now headed, what he calls “biosphere consciousness.

It was the first narrative to express universal human themes by the telling of an individual’s own story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases. Joseph Heller’s darkly brilliant satire derives its power from the insight that there are dilemmas from which there is no escape: Stage 1 It starts with the prehistoric nomadic foragers-hunters: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

A biologist, Wilson explains the biology of our global ecosystem in a way that this non-scientist easily understood it. The development of writing, as well as hydraulics and irrigation, allowed agricultural societies to better organize themselves so that a larger geographic area and a larger population could be controlled.

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The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves. Rifkin points out the importance of the novel in developing human rhe. Where Rifkin departs from the standard green line is in grasping that all of humanity is caught in a trap, but he seems convinced that, provided human empathy continues to expand, the trap can be sprung without too much difficulty.

This page was last edited on 18 Septemberat You have got to be kidding! Myself and 31 other readers read this sentence and highlighted it: In my view it is a necessary read for all humans on this Earth. It is a sweeping overview of what it means to be truly human.

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

In my imaginative fiction, I often explore the idea of an event that causes us to transcend human civipization, become more connected, and obtain utopia. Looking for More Great Reads? In order to reflect on our present civilization, Rifkin then empathuc back to explore human history and the major changes in energy regimes, which in turn bring about new communication regimes and new domains of consciousness and empathy.


It’s a game changer! What you and I do in our small part of it, affects every other part.

Jul 12, Shel rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is hardly a new story. Selected Writings is published by Penguin. A great book that kept me riveted throughout.

The trouble is that their analysis of the environmental crisis is extremely shallow. Amazingly, Rifkin, a consultant to the United Nation This is the book that pulls it all together! Though it took me a while to read, I find every minute spent with it informative and valuable.

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The scientific yhe may be updated for the 21st century, but if we throw out the baby with the bathwater, we find that there would be as much validity for blaming Hurricane Sandy on witches or a vengeful God, as on climate fronts disrupted by human behavior. As a species, we are embedded in the life of the entire planet.

The idea that nearly countries could reach meaningful decisions was always unreal, but the meeting’s collapse reflected a more fundamental reality.

Rifkin argues in favour of relationalismthat the meaning of existence is to enter into relationships. OK, this book completely changed my outlook on life. This is another inspiring book by Jeremy Rifkin, the second of his that I’ve read. 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.

Unfortunate that at this critical time in history, there’s a sociopath in the WH who is, be definition, incapable of empathy. Moving from hunting and gathering to farming, and then to industrial production, enabled humans to interact with one another as never before, but this increasing interconnection involved depleting the planet, a process that is reaching a climax just as civilisation is becoming planet-wide for the first time.

But the stirring conclusion after Rifkin’s survey of world everything psychology, history, economics, biology, etc. Stewart Brand’s recent Whole Earth Disciplinewhich argues that coping with environmental breakdown will necessitate making the most of demonised technologies such as nuclear energy and GM food, is more realistic as well as more visionary. Civiization 07, David rated it it was amazing.