“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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Retrieved December 27, Our conscious policy and personal decisions can take the raw material of the world and either form em;athic large human family or deteriorate into unhealthy narcissism. Retrieved December 26, Rifkin has an interesting take on the role of empathy in the development of civilization, even his prolonged sidelines are engrossing soil salinity, the French decimal calendar, Stanislavski, etc.

Empathy is a delicate balancing act. I only regret that in the last few pages of the book, Rifkin returns to Goethe’s critique of the scientific method.

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In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. This is a book that must be read, from cover to cover, with full attention. The book is much too long mainly because he wants to include all kinds of themes he is ‘wandering all over the place’ like another reviewer has written.

In reality, The Empathic Civilization is not a foregone conclusion.

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

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.

Views Read Edit View history. Sep 13, MiLi rated it really liked it Shelves: Rifkin is a brilliant guy, who portrays his ideas in a very clean and enjoyable writing style. Overall, The Empathic Civilization has changed the way I regard thought, civilization, family, friends, and the meaning of life. But the results of the elections reinforce his point somewhat, but not so much in the fact that Obama was re-elected.


The Empathic Civilization

It connects the evolution of communication and energy development in civilizations with psychological and economic development in humans. 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.

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.

The flip side of Rifkin’s argument — that native cultures must then lack empathy that technological societies possess — just strikes me as completely absurd. Since the Enlightenment, we human beings have been considering ourselves as a rational, self-interested, materialistic, obsessed-with-property-and-sex-species and so on. Humans may be more moved by empathy than is sometimes allowed, but empathy for the feelings of others is not only expressed in compassion.

Rifkin analyzes humanity in a refreshing and comprehensive analysis of social structures and the underpinnings of human nature. Rifkin considers the latest phase of communication and energy regimes—that of electronic telecommunications and fossil fuel extraction—as bringing people together on the nation-state level based on democratic capitalismbut at the same time creating global problems, like climate changepandemics, and nuclear proliferation.

For example, his book The Civillzation 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 empathid and social effects that will th from the expected replacement of fossil fuels with hydrogen as an energy storage medium.

The central question of the book is, “Can human empathy overcome entropy? Rifkin argues in favour of relationalismthat the meaning of existence is to enter into relationships. The trick lies in getting the balance right. 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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The first part consists of four chapters and analyses empathy from the perspective of psychology, biology, and philosophy. Jun 12, Ali rated it it was amazing. How can this deadly empathid be averted?

The information alone makes The Empathic Civilization worth reading because of the insights the information brings. Rifkin’s analysis of the evolution of human consciousness through the stages of mythological, theological, ideological, emptahic and most recently what he calls dramaturgical consciousness is civilizatino and convincing. I think the answer to his last question, Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?

So are we able to develop a biosphere consciousness and save our tiny world in time?

Particularly as he brings in elements of entropy trends and energy-use trends that Rifkin has written about before, there is a danger in pulling in any random element to prove the case for an emergent empathic civilization.

I find Rifkin to be a little too kind to the 19th-century Romanticists – I love Rousseau and Goethe, to be sure, but Byron and Shelley displayed an underside that showed that an excess of Romanticism can lead to Mussolini-style fascism.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Unfortunate that at this critical time in history, there’s a sociopath in the WH who is, be definition, incapable of empathy. Lo bueno del libro: Rifkin explains how 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.

I was predisposed to agree with Rifkin’s premise that we are heading into an age of empathy. He tells stories of history without flinching, acknowledging the horrors but focusing on how we’ve been progressively developing empathy.