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About The Empathic Civilization. “One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day” (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and. An animation presenting Jeremy Rifkin’s book, The Empathic Civilization. 18 Mar Two spectacular failures, separated by only 18 months, marked the end of the modern era. In July , the price of oil on world markets.

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The disadvantage is that, when we don’t dive deep into how empsthic selfish gene and altruistic gene interact, or in how mirror neurons have evolved in larger neural networks, Rifkin’s case sounds less convincing.

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Utne Empafhic Rifkin poses real questions that we’ve spent too little time thinking about. Yes our increa I hesitated to give this book 2 stars because some small parts where OK but I have to admit that at the end of the road I simply ‘did not like it’.

Refresh and try again. It is a sweeping overview of what it means to be truly human. 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.

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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 civolization fourteen. Looking for More Great Reads? Empathy is a delicate balancing act. Humans may be more moved by empathy than is sometimes allowed, but empathy for the feelings of others is not only expressed in compassion.

Asian, African, and Latin American continental political unions are also in the making and will likely be the premier governing institutions on their respective continents by The frequent use of cool-sounding terms mostly unnecessary and awesome looking titles ‘Psychological Consciousness in a Postmodern Existential World’ and ‘The Civiliaation Self in an Improvisational Society’ for example could not make up for the rambling.


Empathy requires a porous boundary of I and thou that allows the identity of two beings to mingle in a shared mental space.

The Globe and Mail. In the 21st century, hundreds of millions–and eventually billions–of human beings will transform their buildings into power plants to harvest renewable energies on site, store those energies in the form of hydrogen and share electricity, peer-to-peer, across local, regional, national and continental inter-grids that act much like the Internet.

This is probably unintelligible to folks who haven’t read the book. By the way, we hit peak oil per capita in ; a function of declining oil reserves and an exploding population.

Dec 07, Aspen Junge rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just as habitats function within ecosystems, and ecosystems within the biosphere in a web of interrelationships, governing institutions will similarly function in a collaborative network of relationships with localities, regions, and nations all embedded within the continent as a whole. As for information- the book introduces readers empafhic a litany of fascinating insights related to such diverse fields as economics, psychology, history, politics, science, theology, and philosophy.

What you and I do in our small part of it, affects every other part. Wege zu Einem Globalen Bewusstsein in German. For example, during the period of the great hydraulic agricultural civilizations characterized by emoathic and theological consciousness, empathic sensitivity broadened from tribal blood ties to associational ties based on common religious affiliation.

But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us. It was the first narrative to express universal human themes civilizatuon the telling of an individual’s own story. The book empathicc noted for its heft, in terms of its actual page numbers, exhaustive research, and dense academic language.


At the same time, those whose power and wealth come from fossil fuels will do anything they can to promote “climate scepticism”.

Open Preview See a Problem? To many people, perhaps, the idea of an empathic civilization is oxymoronic. Reviews Schrijf een review. If every human life, the species as a whole, and all other life-forms are entwined with one another and with the geochemistry of the planet in a rich and complex choreography that sustains life itself, then we are all dependent on and responsible for the health of the whole organism.

Most of The Empathic Civilization is not in fact concerned with the practical task of coping with ejpathic mess humans have made of the planet. In reality, The Empathic Civilization is not a foregone conclusion.

Rifkin’s difficulties start with the claim — in itself quite plausible — that the environmental crisis is a catch This is where the leaked emails come in. What’s sorely missing is an overarching reason that billions of human beings should be increasingly connected.

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

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

But these increasingly complicated milieus require extensive energy use and speed us toward resource depletion. Part biology, part psychology, part history, and all philosophy, this is a book that deserves civilizztion be read slowly and digested, not raced through. More important, making global connections without any real transcendent purpose risks a narrowing rather than an expanding of human consciousness.