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

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. Foundation on Economic Trends. The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin”. As an excerpted chapter, I’d recommend Chapter 6: The hiccup is that we are now using up fossil fuel at such speed that, with the increasing human population on this planet we are soon beyond the 7 billion mark, that is 4 times the Earth population only a century ago!

I agree about the direction of our civilization, but I’m not as optimistic about it. 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. The book was published by Jeremy P.

New ways of collecting energy, namely: The answer appears to be straightforward: Jeremy Rifkin captures the currents of history and puts our current dilemmas as a global society into perspective.

Rifkin defines transcendence as “the quest for universal intimacy”. Any reading of history will tell empafhic that! Using the most current understanding of psychology, Rifkin interprets the history of humanity as the development of increasingly sophisticated empathic connection between people, each other, and other species, enabled by civilization’s freeing of more and more people from preoccupation with basic survival.


The history of humanity is entirely rewritten to retrofit one intriguing possibility, a bunch of studies and polls were tortured into “proving” opinions, and the dead horses just kept being beaten over and over.

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Jul 26, Randy Elrod rated it it was amazing. Oct 05, George Polley rated it it was amazing. How much the leaked emails contributed to the breakdown of the summit is unclear, but the effect has been to let those countries, along with the rest of the world, off the hook.

With vastly more interaction with other people and cultures, there was more emphasis on studying people empathci psychology. 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 civilizahion has shaped our developmentā€”and is likely to determine our fate as a species.

Though it took me a while to read, I find every minute spent with it informative and valuable. The author traces the history of empathy back to the beginning o This is another inspiring book by Jeremy Rifkin, the second of his that I’ve read.

Just in time, too, as 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.

It draws on similar themes as The Zero Marginal Cost Society, in that the world is experiencing a revolution is energy and communication in a massive way. Retrieved Fifkin 27, The trick lies in getting the balance empathjc.

This is the book that pulls it all together! We are slaughtering at a much larger scale and our reference frame has evolved from a relatively ecocentric one to the nearly pure anthropocentric one of today. To ask other readers questions about The Empathic Civilizationplease sign up. A nicely ekpathic book about how empathy has evolved over time. It is by imagining and experiencing the feelings and thoughts of others as if they were one’s own that one unleashes personal creativity.


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The second part consists of five chapters and focuses on the rise, development, and fall of civilizations. Trivia About The Empathic Civi It isn’t so much that Obama civlization represents a turning point, as much eifkin the Millenials are ushering in the victory of multicultural hippie-paganism over Judeo-Christian traditionalism, rifkib this probably will ease the way to the empathic civilization Rifkin describes.

A biologist, Wilson explains the biology of our global ecosystem in a way that this non-scientist easily understood it. The central question of the book jetemy, “Can human empathy overcome entropy? The book received mixed reviews by critics. The innate sociability of human beings is a fact, but it does not follow that they are likely to cooperate in dealing with environmental crisis.

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. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason.

Read it Forward Read it first. I wanted to read his book entropy but now I’m hesitating. A great book that kept me riveted throughout. Quotes from The Empathic Civi Rather, it’s intimately connected with the kind of world childhood, largest worries, methods jerwmy commerce and communication that exists at any given time. Rifkin challenges us to address what may be the most important question facing humanity today: