• July 25, 2019

“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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In order to reflect on our present civilization, Rifkin then goes 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. He also gets a few facts wrong, but by the end of the book, it becomes clear that he really does get it, for the most part. The essence of any catch is that there is no way out, but Rifkin shrinks from this cruel logic, with the result that his argument verges on incoherence.

To many people, perhaps, the idea of an empathic civilization is oxymoronic. Just ask Ezra Pound. W hoever hacked into the emails at the University of East Anglia fired the opening salvo in a new kind of dirty war.

Rifkin challenges us to address what may be the most important question facing humanity today: As a species, we are civilizatikn in the life of the entire planet. Empathy requires a porous boundary of I and thou that allows the identity of two beings to mingle in a shared mental space.

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. In reality, The Empathic Civilization is not a foregone conclusion. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The best, but most long-winded, part of this book is the history.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin

Do we have the capacity and collective will to come together in a way that will enable us to cope with the great challenges of our time? The book received mixed reviews by critics. 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.

Author Jeremy Rifkin had previously written several books that, like The Empathic Civilizationhave attempted to extrapolate trends in the economy, technology, and society. But the results of the elections reinforce his point somewhat, but not so much in the fact that Obama was re-elected. To ask other readers questions about The Empathic Civilizationplease sign up. A nicely supported book about how empathy has evolved over time. I was predisposed to agree with Rifkin’s premise that we are heading into an age of empathy.


Lists with This Book. It is equally the basis of cruelty, a trait that is also distinctively human. But recent discoveries in cognitive science, brain studies and child psychology are proving otherwise: This book took months to read, partially due to its sheer volume, but mostly because the ideas need to be processed meaningfully rather than blown past.

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 has shaped our development—and is likely to determine our fate as a species. Does Rifkin believe an increase in altruism can lead to the repeal of the second law of thermodynamics? A massive and radical change in infrastructure: I skimmed some of the way because it is chock full of great examples that thoroughly illustrate his ideas.

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Particularly as he brings in elements of civilizatin 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.

We use our religions as vehicles to enter the state of nirvana, the heavenly kingdom, or the promised land. 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.

If you are feeling cynical or perhaps the opposite, you are tired of defending your optimistic point of So often we confront a world built on the civilizagion foregone conclusion that humans are violent, aggressive, etc and thankfully Mr Rifkin has presented a cognizant, current and thoroughly researched refutation of this argument.

Therefore, we should expect to still retain some forager mysticism, some Medieval monotheism, some Newton-era neutral objectivism, some Byron Romanticism, some 20th-century promotion of self-esteem, and some 21st-century multiculturalism. It was the first narrative to express universal human themes by the telling of an individual’s own story.

Views Read Edit View history. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. The book is an excellent This book lays down the case that we are heading into civilizaation 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.


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

Hard fact 2 While using up our main energy source civliization fuelwe are precisely hhe about a change in the Earth climate such as has not been observed in millions of years. For much of the book, he seems to blame the state of our civilization on entropy, rather than the destructive attitudes jersmy beliefs.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I think the answer to his last question, Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse? Personal investments, social exploration, and creativity became highly valued. I guess the latter would have been a better choice, but somehow empathy has lost my sympathy I would even say that it is the other way around.

However, reviews were mixed; several reviewers found that while Rifkin provided a convincing overview of the development of empathy, he did not provide sufficient proof that increased empathy would necessarily bring people together to co-operatively solve global problems.

His last book before writing The Empathic Civilization was The European Dreampublished incomparing the American Dream with the values expressed by Europeans in the post-industrial economy.

The answer appears to be straightforward: It is also chock full of cool learning about empathy in the world. With vastly more interaction with other people and cultures, there was more emphasis on studying people and psychology.

At pages, 57 of which are notes and index, Jeremy Rifkin’s The Empathic Civilization is not a book you’ll sit down and read in an afternoon or evening. American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

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He tells stories of history without flinching, acknowledging the horrors but focusing on how we’ve been progressively developing empathy.