“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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This is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that recasts much of what we know in an entirely new context. These civilizations, however, ended up collapsing: Think about it — if the central human quality is aggression, would we have survived this long as a species? It is true that what we rifmin a solid objective world is actually a series of probability wave jremy, and that strengthens Rifkin’s argument that the self is a process, not an object.

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Rifkin’s ‘The Empathic Civilization’ provides a great sense of optimism and happiness in regards to the future of mankind. It is hardly a new story. Eye opener on how society depends strongly on the first two laws of Thermodynamics. Oct 07, David rated it it was amazing. So are we able to develop a biosphere consciousness and save our tiny world fifkin time? An awesome analysis of our time! Autobiographies started to be written, more people married for love rather than other arrangements, and the concept of privacy, democracy, and market capitalism was more prevalent.

The reviewer in the Edmonton Journal admitted the book 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 hurry, with a marketing rep scribbling catchphrases over Rifkin’s civilizaiton.

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.

In reality, The Empathic Civilization is not a foregone conclusion. Just in time, too, as the fuels that have powered our previous year Enlightenment-based paradigm are about to A run out, and B cause drastic climate effects. For all its inordinate length, The Empathic Civilization fails to substantiate its central thesis. Human nature is not some static entity to which one can universally appeal. This has been the case for more than a century now.


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.

I found it fascinating to see history portrayed in this way. The answer appears to be straightforward: 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. Foundation on Economic Trends. Internationale Politik in German.

How these developments will sustain global cultural diversity and make our societies sustainable and more human harboring remains a big question for me for him to as is does never come with an answer but merely makes an analysis of the situation. 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 birth we are all connected or desire and are nourished by human connection, ie. It all depends on parenting, education and, broadly speaking, culture.

Rifkin is a brilliant guy, who portrays his ideas in a very clean and enjoyable writing style. The new global economy will be based upon renewable energylike wind powersolar energynatural gasetc.

Rifkin thinks that narcissism in the era of Facebook and Twitter is actually less of a problem than it was in the s and s, and he might have a point, though there are still a plethora of fame and infamy -hungry narcissists on Facebook. 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.

Rifkin’s conception of the Third Industrial Revolution the nexus of internet technology and sustainable energydespite my usual skepticism, made loads of sense. My reading of the last years of Western civ would lead me to a starkly different conclusion.

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

The majority of this book is a retelling of human history with the focus being on how our consciousness has grown jerfmy been shaped by certain events. Joseph Heller’s darkly brilliant satire derives its power from the insight that there are dilemmas from which there is no escape: How much the leaked emails contributed to the breakdown of the summit is unclear, but the effect has been to let civilizatkon countries, along with the rest of the world, off the hook.


The flip side of Rifkin’s argument — that native cultures must then lack empathy that technological societies possess — just strikes me as completely absurd.

By the way, we hit peak oil per capita in ; a function of declining oil reserves and an exploding population. He tells stories of history without flinching, acknowledging the horrors but focusing on how we’ve been progressively developing empathy. The development of writing, as well as hydraulics and irrigation, allowed agricultural societies to better organize themselves so that a larger geographic area and a larger population could be controlled.

Anthony, Amelia Bloomer, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were vegetarians and outspoken in their defense of animals. 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? Aug 30, Joe Brummer added it.

In my view it is a necessary read for all humans on this Earth. Rifkin argues that at the very core of the human story is the ekpathic relationship between empathy and entropy. This is the book that pulls it all together! Dec 07, Aspen Junge rated it it was amazing Shelves: A delusional fantasy that humanity is evolving toward a higher consciousness, when any evolutionary biologist will tell you that evolution is “dumb” –i.

The energy lost in the transfer of electricity, though it wouldn’t disappear, would be drastically reduced, and an equally-powered planet would undoubtedly be a more empathic planet. For much of the book, he seems to blame the state of our civilization on entropy, rather than the destructive attitudes and beliefs. Hunter-gatherer societies were all oral cultures and thus only existed in geographically-limited small groups and identified themselves symbiotically in terms of that group.