“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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OK, this book completely changed my outlook on life. Wmpathic explains riifkin we are at a turning point with global consciousness within our grasp but the the bill for civilization’s energy expenditures coming due and threatening to undo all we have accomplished.

The Globe and Mail. Empathy won’t save us. Dec 31, Pages. But recent discoveries in cognitive science, brain studies and child psychology are proving otherwise: 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 rifiin a wee bit.

It is by imagining and experiencing the feelings and thoughts of others as if they were one’s own that one unleashes personal creativity.

But the results of the elections reinforce his point somewhat, jerdmy not so much in the fact that Obama was re-elected. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. 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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Rarely does a book offer so much in one volume, so do not consider its heft to represent an all-you-can-eat literary hot dog eating contest, but rather a gourmet all-you-can eat buffet of some of the most fascinating concepts you’ll have encountered in years.

Whatever lapses in intellectual probity they might reveal, the messages are being used to obscure a mass civipization evidence showing that anthropogenic climate change is real, and gifkin be occurring more rapidly than previously believed. Please try again later.

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This will entail a very different power structure from fossil fuel, financial capitalism. It’s also an etymology tracing the roots and origins of words including “self” as a noun”self-praise””consciousness””self-consciousness””vegetarian”and “empathy” By the way, we hit peak oil per capita in ; a function of declining oil reserves and an exploding population. But in the end, I find this to be a truly remarkable work, worth every minute of my time.

This is the book that pulls it all together! American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. History Domestic Politics World Politics.

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

Unfortunate that at this critical time in history, there’s a sociopath in the WH w I love the idea of this book – the entire history of civilization in just pages. For some reason, I had never considered the possibility of an entire globe powered sustainably.


Rifkin takes as his thesis an idea that has been pushed by practically every new-age guru for the last years in fact, I wonder if Aleistar Crowley and Ayn Rand weren’t a backlash against that ; that humanity is entering a new social paradigm based not on self-interest and material gain, but on empathy and sharing. One has to be open to experiencing another’s plight as if it were one’s own but not be engulfed by it at the expense of drowning out the self’s ability to be a unique and separate being.

The flip side of Rifkin’s argument — that native cultures mus Blah. Rifkin’s opening Part 1 seemed less necessary, somehow, since he spends the first few chapters taking apart Sigmund Freud.

Selfish acquisition and slaughter of the Other will always be with us, but empathy does indeed seem to be coming front and center. A similar revolution needs to happen now on the energy side, a radical turn of the tide from geopolitics to biosphere-politics. The Internet is only one example – another inspiring idea is the decentralization of energy into renewables that can be harvested by individuals and communities and fed back into a responsive grid.

New ways of collecting energy, clvilization He is critical of utopian fantasies as the basis of empathy is the acknowledgment of strife and suffering not the annihilation of it or escape from it: Retrieved December 26,