“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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It is still possible to frame an intelligent response to the threat, but first we need to recognise that the climate has become a battleground.

We experience her existential aloneness and her personal plight and her struggle to be and succeed as if civliization were our own.

The frequent use of cool-sounding terms mostly unnecessary and awesome looking titles ‘Psychological Consciousness in a Postmodern Existential World’ and ‘The Theatrical Self in an Improvisational Society’ for example could not make up for the rambling. I cannot support the main argument of the book which is that our civilization is getting more and more empathic.

Retrieved December 26, Through this exposure, the complex civilization will increase their appreciation of, and respect rifkib, diversity. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I never thought much about how our civilizations’ psychologies have been developing, and now that I have, I wonder if this is a lot more relevant way of telling history. The scientific method may be updated for the 21st century, but if we throw out the baby with the bathwater, we find that there would be as much validity for blaming Hurricane Sandy on witches or a vengeful God, as on climate fronts disrupted by human behavior.


The first child labor law was enacted in s in England, prohibiting children under jerejy nine from working in factories and limiting work hours of older children to eight hours a day until the age of fourteen. We come to believe in reincarnation, rebirth, and resurrection as ways of avoiding the inevitability of biological death.

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

It was the first narrative to express universal human themes by the telling of an rickin own story. In short, there are 4 stages: The central question of the book is, “Can human empathy overcome entropy?

Mar 19, I rated it really liked it. Human nature is not some static entity to which one can universally appeal.

The Empathic Civilization

Apr 04, Marshall rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is the book that pulls it all together! In my opinion it is a relationship that tells us nothing, it seems he wanted to use two important terms and smash them together two tasty ingredients make up a great lunch?

The flip side of Rifkin’s argument — that native cultures mus Blah. On the meaning of life: I fear it will be too little, too late. Rifkin almost could have started with Part 2 of his book and formed a coherent whole. The disadvantage is that, when we don’t dive deep into how the 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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It is also chock full of cool learning about empathy in the world. This is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that recasts much of what we know in an entirely new context. The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away.

The most important lesson of this book is also cliche, but universally and eternally profound: Whatever lapses in intellectual probity they might reveal, the messages are being used to obscure a mass of evidence showing that civilizatipn climate change is real, and may be occurring more rapidly than previously believed. Empathy won’t save us.

The idea that nearly countries could reach meaningful decisions was always unreal, but the meeting’s collapse reflected a more fundamental reality. Rifkin considers the latest empzthic of communication and energy regimes—that of electronic telecommunications and fossil fuel extraction—as bringing people together on the nation-state level based on democratic capitalismbut at the same time creating global problems, like climate changepandemics, and nuclear proliferation.

Overall, The Empathic Civilization has changed the way I regard thought, civilization, family, friends, and the meaning of life. Thw, by and large, we go like: As a species, we are embedded in the life of the entire planet.