“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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Reining in corporate interests and chivvying politicians to be greener do nothing to resolve this fundamental contradiction. Rifkin’s argument is that as cultures become more complex, consume greater and greater quantities of energy and spend civolization time exploring their world, they will bump into other cultures and novel ways of ordering life. Jeremy Rifkin captures the currents of history and puts our current dilemmas as a global society into perspective.
The Empathic Civilization
OK, this book completely changed my outlook on life. One has to be open to experiencing another’s plight as if it were one’s own but not be engulfed by it at the expense of drowning out the self’s ability to be a unique and separate being. We are each a composite of the stories we tell about ourselves and the stories others tell about us.
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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Eye opener on how society depends strongly on the first two laws of Thermodynamics.
Philosophically, Rifkin explores empathy-altruismthe faith versus reason debate, and truth versus reality debate. Empathy is what enables us to feel the same way towards people we haven’t met yet s though they were our immediate family, thus drawing our global population into a human family.
LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. He argues that we are on the brink of another such revolution, the communications technology being the internet and the energy regime being various distributed forms of energy production. Stage 1 It starts with the prehistoric nomadic foragers-hunters: Rifkin takes The Empathic Civilization a step above and beyond with his overall thesis: By jereny and reshaping o A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of consciousness and empathy in humans.
This is the book that pulls it all together! Stage 3 A couple of centuries ago, a new energy regime appears with coal, steam and rail 1st industrial revolution ; empatic new communications regime is set up with the print press and the development of literacy, through public schooling; consciousness evolves to the ideological-framework stage with the creation of nation-states; empathy extends once more to our fellow citizens this time around.
It is by imagining and experiencing the feelings and thoughts of others as if they were one’s own that one unleashes personal creativity.
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The hiccup is that we are now civilizatoon up fossil fuel at such speed that, with the increasing human population on this planet we are soon beyond the 7 billion mark, that is 4 times the Earth population only a century ago! With global warming fuelling a resurgence of geopolitical tensions, climate science has become a weapon in a war of disinformation.
A similar revolution needs to happen now on the energy side, a radical turn of the tide from geopolitics to biosphere-politics. This empathic drive can be either nurtured, so that each of us can celebrate the beauty and frailty of life, or, sadly, repressed and, in so doing, we are letting secondary drives kick in, such as narcissism, aggression or violence. 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 civilizatlon an excess civilizatkon Romanticism can lead to Mussolini-style fascism.
Return to Book Page. Rifkin takes as his thesis an idea that has been pushed by practically every new-age guru for the last years in fact, I wonder if Aleistar Crowley and Ayn Rand weren’t a backlash against that ; that humanity is entering a new social paradigm based not on self-interest and material gain, but on empathy and sharing.
To many people, perhaps, the idea of an empathic civilization is oxymoronic.
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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. In my fantastic vision, this happens in a quick, dramatic fashion.
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.
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Foundation on Economic Trends. He calls this distributed capitalism because these energy sources are dispersed rather than centralized. Maybe among the humanists Rifkin hangs with, residual trust in Freud remains, but my jaded postmodern and neuroscientist friends dismissed Freud years ago.
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In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. Retrieved January 31, The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves. To download from the iTunes Store, get iTunes now.
As a species, we are embedded in the life of the entire planet.