JEREMY RIFKIN EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION PDF


“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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And, by and large, we go like: This is a beautiful and uplifting work.

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. The book was published by Jeremy P. Want to Read saving…. A delusional fantasy that humanity is evolving toward a higher consciousness, when any evolutionary biologist will tell you that evolution is “dumb” –i.

The message Rifkin has to tell is one of the most important in our social and cultural history, and the only aspect keeping me from giving the book a solid five stars is the slight caveat attached to any Rifkin books, which is related to the way he tells a story.

Instead it is devoted to defending Rifkin’s view that humans are essentially empathic animals, whose benign civilizatioj have not been civliization manifested throughout most of their history.

Our empathic embrace is our way of rooting for her and celebrating her life. 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. A good portion of the chapter, The Emerging Era of Distributed Capitalism, is dated – turns out a lot’s happened in the last decade.

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I’m not necessarily converted to all his theories or his barely-suppressed optimism, but two experiences, one directly related to reading The Empathic Civilization and one indirectly related show how this paradigm-shifter shifted mine just a wee bit. Rifkin argues in favour of relationalismthat the meaning of existence is to enter into relationships. Maybe among the humanists Rifkin hangs with, residual trust in Freud remains, but my jaded postmodern and neuroscientist friends dismissed Freud years ago.

Jul 26, Randy Elrod rated it it was amazing. In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. Reading my facebook page on an average day, it is empathy that is most often expressed, even when the emotion expressed is frustration and anger.

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

In Rlfkin Empathic CivilizationJeremy Rifkin suggests that the whole of history is a struggle between the polar forces of empathy and entropy. Empathy requires a porous boundary of I and thou that allows the identity of two beings to mingle in a shared mental civiliization. In terms of biology, Rifkin connects the biological function of mirror neurons with the capacity for empathy.

Rifkin argues that at the very core of the human story is the paradoxical relationship between empathy and entropy. They are best controlled by individuals or small communities.

Part biology, part psychology, part history, and all philosophy, this is a book that deserves to be read slowly and digested, not raced empathuc.

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.

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Apr 04, Marshall rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book lays down the case that we are heading into the age civioization 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. I renewed this book from the library twice, but I’m glad I finished it.

In my fantastic vision, this happens in a quick, dramatic fashion. The book is an excellent This book lays down the case that we are heading into the 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.

Will we be able to organize our way jdremy of this mess in time? I cannot support the main argument of the book which is that our civilization is getting more and more empathic. With global warming fuelling a resurgence of geopolitical tensions, climate science has become a weapon in a war of disinformation. Jan 25, Mark rated it did not like it Shelves: Jermey 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.

Also by Jeremy Rifkin.