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“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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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’. So often we confront a world built on the seemingly foregone conclusion that humans are violent, aggressive, etc and thankfully Mr Rifkin has presented a cognizant, current and thoroughly researched refutation of this argument.

Yes our increasing knowledge gave us the possibility to increase empathix consciousness but it seems that we only used it for messing things up instead of fixing things. And we don’t want to go back to a world dominated by magic and divine intervention.

Those who dwell in visions of Apocalypse will deny this, but the reasons for limited optimism are everywhere. The flip side of Rifkin’s argument — that native cultures mus Blah. For all its inordinate length, The Empathic Civilization rifkih to substantiate its central thesis.

He explains how this has come at a terrible cost – the destruction of the Earth’s biosphere which we are paradoxically becoming more attuned to – and how there is also great opportunity: Unfortunate that at this critical time in history, there’s a sociopath in the WH who is, be definition, incapable of empathy.

This is a book that must be read, from cover to cover, with full attention. In short, there are 4 stages: With vastly more interaction with other people and cultures, there was more emphasis on studying people and psychology.


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Humans may be more moved by empathy than civiluzation sometimes allowed, but empathy for the civvilization of others is not only expressed in compassion. My reading of the last years of Western civ would lead me to a starkly different conclusion. A good portion of the chapter, The Emerging Era of Distributed Capitalism, is dated – turns out a lot’s happened in the last decade.

John Gray’s Gray’s Anatomy: I only regret that in the last few pages of the book, Rifkin returns to Goethe’s critique of the scientific method.

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

Rifkin argues that at the very core of the human story is the paradoxical relationship between empathy and entropy. One need not be a hardened cynic to find this Rousseauesque tale implausible. It is by imagining and experiencing the feelings and thoughts of others as if they were one’s own that one unleashes personal creativity. It’s a game changer! Sep 13, MiLi rated it really liked it Shelves: With global warming fuelling a resurgence of geopolitical tensions, climate science has become a weapon in a war of disinformation.

Sep 12, Phoebe Gilpinwright rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though it took me a while to read, I find every minute spent with it informative and valuable. 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.

It is a brilliant call to action, perhaps a last call.

Show 25 25 50 All. Tamper with one part, we affect every other part.

Empathy won’t save us. In this remarkable book Jeremy Rifkin tells the dramatic story of the extension of human empathy from the rise emparhic the first great theological civilizations, to the ideological age that dominated the 18th and 19th centuries, the psychological era that characterized much of the 20th century and the emerging dramaturgical period of the 21st century.


Mar 19, I rated it really liked it. 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.

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

The second part consists of five chapters and focuses on the rise, development, and fall of civilizations. This will entail a very different power structure from fossil fuel, financial capitalism.

Through this exposure, the complex civilization will increase their appreciation of, and respect for, diversity.

Dec 31, Pages Buy. This is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that recasts much of what we know in an entirely new context.

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

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. At various times rifin history new energy regimes have converged with new communication revolutions, creating ever more complex societies that heightened empathic sensitivity and expanded human consciousness.

It draws on similar themes as The Zero Marginal Cost Society, in that the world is experiencing civilizatjon revolution is energy and communication in a massive way.

As an excerpted chapter, I’d recommend Chapter 6: