“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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A biologist, Wilson explains the biology of our global ecosystem in a way that this non-scientist easily understood it. Wilson’s The Creation, which is reviewed in a separate post. If an empathic impulse is embedded in our biology, why doesn’t it show up in our history? Through this exposure, the complex civilization will increase their appreciation of, and respect for, diversity.

As psychological theory has evolved, empathy has played a larger and larger role, especially in the emotional and intellectual development of children. Can we achieve global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the planet?

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

Rifkin’s analysis of the evolution of human consciousness through the stages of mythological, theological, ideological, psychological and most recently what he calls dramaturgical consciousness is fascinating and convincing. Limiting the use of fossil fuels may be rlfkin if disaster is to be avoided, but countries that in different ways rely heavily on these fuels for their prosperity — such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, China and the US — were never going to accept the strict carbon curbs that the EU and others demanded.

This book is an admittedly lengthy treatise and the importance of that concept, and how we need to band together to face the major problems think energy and climate that now confront us.


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

Overview Music Video Charts. As for information- the book introduces readers to a litany of fascinating insights related to such diverse fields as economics, psychology, history, politics, science, theology, and philosophy.

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What we need to do with that comprises the bulk of Rifkin’s book, which is divided into three major sections: Apr 07, Simone Collins rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 28, Alexander Ally rated it it was amazing. So are we able to develop a civiliation consciousness and save our tiny world in time?

See all books by Jeremy Rifkin. I agree with the notion of a compassionate method of neutral inquiry, but if we go too far down the route Rifkin suggests, we end up in the post-modernist mush where any narrative is equal to any other narrative.

The Empathic Civilization

In short, there are 4 stages: Environmentalists have always assumed that the rikin of disaster will bring about an era of global cooperation. Where Rifkin departs from the standard green line is in grasping that all of humanity is caught in a trap, but he seems convinced that, provided human empathy continues to expand, the trap can be sprung without too much difficulty.

Dec 07, Aspen Junge rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hydraulic power was labour-intensive, requiring large populations of subservient people. The first part consists of four chapters and analyses empathy from the perspective of psychology, biology, and philosophy. Lists with This Book. Rifkin takes as his thesis an idea that has been pushed by practically every new-age empatjic 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.


The reviewer in the Edmonton Journal admitted the book fivilization well-researched and presents “an immense amount of engaging evidence” on empathy, but ultimately dismisses it as emptahic 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 shoulder”. 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.

History Domestic Politics World Politics. Though it took me a while to read, I find every minute spent w Eempathic pages, 57 of which are notes and index, Jeremy Rifkin’s Rifkun Empathic Civilization is not a book you’ll sit down and read in an afternoon or evening. OK, this book completely changed my outlook on life.

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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. American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Please try again later. In Rifkin’s realistic exploration of the idea, he draws on the past to make a case for an evolution in human consciousness mythological, theological, ideological, psychological and dramaturgical based on changes in technology, energy use, education, parenting and human relationships.

I skimmed some of the way because it is chock full of great examples that thoroughly illustrate his ideas.