“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 by Jeremy Rifkin

The hiccup is that we are now using up fossil fuel at such speed that, with the increasing human population on this planet civulization are soon beyond the 7 billion mark, that is 4 times the Earth population only a century ago! Through this exposure, the complex civilization will increase their appreciation of, and respect for, diversity. Rather, it’s intimately connected with the kind of world childhood, largest worries, methods of commerce and communication that exists at any given time.

Does anyone believe in Freudian theory any more? It is hardly a new story. It was noted as being well-researched and covering a significant breadth of academic fields. We come to believe in reincarnation, rebirth, and resurrection as ways of avoiding the inevitability of biological death.

This is a book that must be read, from cover to cover, with full attention. Rifkin defines transcendence as “the quest for universal intimacy”. The frequent use of cool-sounding terms mostly unnecessary and awesome looking titles ‘Psychological Consciousness in a Postmodern Existential World’ and ‘The Theatrical Self in an Improvisational Society’ for example could not make up for the rambling.

By the way, we hit peak oil per capita in ; a function of declining oil reserves and empathlc exploding population. In my view it is a necessary read for all humans on this Earth. In terms of biology, Rifkin connects the biological function of mirror neurons with the capacity for empathy. He explains how this has come at a terrible cost – the destruction rifkij the Earth’s b This is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that recasts much of what we know in an entirely new context.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 eifkin reason.

Esa es la paradoja: Part biology, part psychology, part history, and all philosophy, this is a book that deserves civilizatoon be read slowly and digested, not raced through. Hydraulic power was labour-intensive, requiring large populations of subservient people. I think the answer to his last question, Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?

Skeptics would say there still are far too many Islamic Salafists, Russian Orthodox traditionalists, and East African evangelicals out there, but Rifkinn would argue that this does not necessitate wars – the dominance of English-language pop culture and its multicultural support for women’s rights, gay rights, etc. The reviewer rifkkin the Edmonton Journal admitted the empathoc is well-researched and presents “an immense amount of engaging evidence” on empathy, but ultimately dismisses it as “a shallow intellectual hit” due to its “simple thesis, souped up unnecessarily” and “impression of having been written in a rifkun, with a marketing rep scribbling catchphrases over Rifkin’s shoulder”.


Stay in Touch Sign up. The trouble is that their analysis of the environmental crisis is extremely shallow.

For example, his book The End of Work concerns the changes that tele-commuting would have on the workplace, his book The Biotech Century concerns the expected impacts of genetic engineering, and his book The Hydrogen Economy concerns the economic and social effects that will result from the expected replacement of fossil fuels with hydrogen as an energy storage medium.

Yes our increasing knowledge gave us the possibility to increase our consciousness but it seems that we only used it for messing things up instead of fixing things. He begins by discussing mirror neurons, which allow one person to “feel” what another is feeling, then delves into the advancement of psychology since Freud. The scientific method 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.

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

Rifkin challenges us to address what may be the most important question facing humanity today: But the stirring conclusion after Rifkin’s survey of world everything psychology, history, economics, biology, etc. It was a somewhat metaphysical experience reading Rifkin’s book about empathic experiences and our growing interconnectedness on Kindle with the new “popular highlights” feature, which makes reading a more social activity.

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. Open Preview See a Problem? Despite windiness and occasional hyperbole, this is the kind of reading fans of Jared Diamond and Richard Dawkins can sink their teeth into, with a contagious sense of urgency over whether we can “reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse.

Cognitive neuroscientists would buy into much of what Rifkin poses as a history of consciousness, and it seems almost intuitive and obvious how the empathic gene takes center stage over time – but also showing why each step in moving to multi-conscious empathy was a necessary step that would be difficult to skip.


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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The author traces the history of empathy back to the beginning of history in an impressive arc that ends up with the Millennial generation. The best part of Rifkin’s book resides in its center section about the shift over centuries from magical hunter-gatherer to faith-centered medievalists, to Enlightenment rationalists and nineteenth-century Romanticists, and on to the 20th-century psychology-centric and 21st-century altruists.

The majority of this book is a retelling of human history with the focus being on how our consciousness has grown and been shaped by certain events.

In a nutshell, it’s a game changer for the whole of the human species.

An awesome analysis of our time! 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.

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It took me a couple of months to go through this book some pages with rather tight reasoning threads all the way through. Gray ‘s review in The Guardian found that Rifkin spent most of the book defending his “view that humans are essentially empathic animals” and ultimately “fails to substantiate its central thesis” that empathy in humans will make them able to deal with a world-wide crisis, like global warming.

He builds his argument starting with the simple yet unappreciated truth that at civikization we are all connected or desire and are nourished by human connection, ie.

This is the book that pulls it all together! We experience her existential aloneness and her personal plight and her struggle to be and succeed as if it were our own. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Rifkin analyzes humanity in a refreshing and comprehensive analysis of social structures and the underpinnings civilizaton human nature.

It isn’t so much that Obama himself represents a turning point, as much as the Millenials are ushering in the victory of multicultural hippie-paganism over Judeo-Christian traditionalism, and this probably will ease the way to the empathic civilization Rifkin tifkin. In this remarkable book Jeremy Rifkin tells the dramatic story of the extension of human empathy from the rise of the first great theological civilizations, to the ideological age that dominated the 18th and 19th centuries, the psychological era that characterized much of the 20th century and the emerging dramaturgical period of the 21st century.

Rifkin’s opening Part 1 seemed less necessary, somehow, since he spends the first few chapters taking apart Sigmund Freud.