The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 31, 2009 - Political Science - 688 pages
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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.

Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases.

No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly "think globally and act locally." In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin shows that this disconnect between our vision for the world and our ability to realize that vision lies in the current state of human consciousness. 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.

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. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society.

In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. 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. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason.




  

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

User Review  - George Polley - Goodreads

At 674 pages, 57 of which are notes and index, Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization is not a book you'll sit down and read in an afternoon or evening. But if you're a person who is concerned ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

An argument for inclusive collaborative systems over authoritarian competitive ones. Rifkin charts the evolution of human consciousness, showing that as communications technology evolves, so too does ... Read full review

Contents

THE HUMANSTORY THATS NEVER BEEN TOLD
THE LAWSOF THERMODYNAMICS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
FINDING MEANING BEYOND SURVIVAL
THE LAST GREAT UTILITARIAN
WHAT BABIES REALLY WANT
THE MOST SOCIAL ANIMAL
WHAT MIRROR NEURONS TELL US ABOUT NATUREVERSUS NURTURE
THE DARWIN WE NEVER KNEW
THE NEW CONCEPT OF ADOLESCENCE
THE SHIFT FROM BEING OF GOOD CHARACTER TO HAVING A GOOD PERSONALITY
THE AGE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
GROUP THERAPY AND SELFHELP GROUPS
HUMANIST PSYCHOLOGY AND THE COUNTERCULTURE REVOLUTION OF THE 1960S AND 1970S
A SELFHELP GROUP FOR EVERYONE
CONSCIOUSNESS POLITICS
THE COSMOPOLITANIZATION OF THE HUMAN RACE

DEEP PLAY AND DEVELOPMENT
THE EMPATHIC ROOTS OF LANGUAGE
SIX LEVELS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS
HOW EMPATHY DEVELOPS IN CHILDREN
ALTRUISM VERSUS SELFINTEREST
CULTURAL VARIATIONS IN EMPATHY
WRITING FEELINGS ANDEMOTIONS BACK INTO HISTORY
REALITY IS WHAT WE MAKE OF IT
A RADICAL REFORMULATION OF TRUTH FREEDOM AND EQUALITY
COMINGS TO TERMS WITH MORTALITY
SALVAGING FAITH AND REASON IN THE AGE OF EMPATHY
BRIDGING THE ISOUGHT GAP
FIRST THERE WAS THE WORD
MYTHOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
DOMESTICATING PLANTS ANIMALS AND OURSELVES
THE DAWN OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION
SUMERIAN URBAN LIFE AND THE BIRTH OF SELFHOOD
THE DAWN OF THEOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
THE INVENTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL
THE GOLDEN RULE SPREADS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
THE ENTROPIC DECLINE OF HYDRAULIC CIVILIZATION
URBAN CHRISTIANITY AND THE GREAT EMPATHIC SURGE
THE OTHER CHRISTIANS
A NEW KIND OF PARENT
THE THERMODYNAMICS OF ROME
THE LATE MEDIEVAL ECONOMIC REVOLUTION
THE PRINT REVOLUTION
THE BIRTH OF HUMANISM
THE DISCOVERY OF SELFCONSCIOUSNESS AND SEPARATENESS
THE RADICAL IDEA OF COMPANIONATE MARRIAGE
THE CREATION OF CHILDHOOD
THE PUSH FOR FREE MARKETS
THE EMERGENCE OF NATIONSTATES
THE CONSCIOUSNESS REVOLUTION OF THE EARLY MODERN ERA
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
THE LATE MEDIEVAL ENTROPY CRISIS
THE BIRTH OF THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
THE ROMANTIC ERA
SCHOPENHAUERS TOUR DE FORCE
ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
IDEALIZING CHILDHOOD
EMPATHIC SOCIAL REFORMS
THE SPRINGTIME OF THE PEOPLES
ELECTRICITY AND THE FIRST STIRRINGS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
ELECTRIFICATION OIL AND THE AUTOMOBILE
RETHINKING TIME AND SPACE
THE NEW GLOBAL MIGRANTS
EVERYONE IS NOW A TOURIST
SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE
GLOBAL EMPATHIC TRENDS
NO MORE ALIENS
THE DECLINE OF RELIGION
THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE FAMILY
EMPATHIZING WITH OUR FELLOW SPECIES
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION TO GLOBAL EMPATHY
THE ENTROPY BILL FOR THE INDUSTRIAL AGE
A NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON
THE SPREAD OF DEADLY DESIGNER PATHOGENS
BREAKING THE PARADOX OF HUMAN HISTORY
THE LONG SUNSET OF THE SECOND INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
THE RISE OF THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
A NEW SOCIAL VISION
DISTRIBUTED CAPITALISM
FROM PROPERTY RIGHTS TO ACCESS RIGHTS
FROM BELONGINGS TO BELONGING
A COLLABORATIVE AND CARING WORLD
THE NEW DREAM OF QUALITY OF LIFE
THE ROLE OF SOCIAL AND PUBLIC CAPITAL
BEING AUTHENTIC
THE RELATIONAL SELF IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD
MORE ATTACHED IN SOCIAL NETWORKS
ITS ALL ABOUT ME
SIZING UP THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION
A BIOSPHERE WORLD
BIOSPHERE EDUCATION
TEACHING EMPATHIC SCIENCE
THE ENDGAME OF HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
THE HIDDEN PARADOX OF HUMAN HISTORY
THE NEW VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE
A SENTIENT INTERPRETATION OF BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
BECOMING HUMAN
RETHINKING THE MEANING OF THE HUMAN JOURNEY
THE ANCIENT THEOLOGICAL BRAIN AND PATRIARCHAL ECONOMY
COSMOPOLITAN ROME AND THE RISE OF URBAN CHRISTIANITY
THE SOFT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF THE LATE MEDIEVAL ERA AND THE BIRTH OF HUMANISM
IDEOLOGICAL THINKING IN A MODERN MARKET ECONOMY
PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN A POSTMODERN EXISTENTIAL WORLD
THE CLIMB TO GLOBAL PEAK EMPATHY
THE PLANETARY ENTROPIC ABYSS
THE EMERGING ERA OF DISTRIBUTED CAPITALISM
THE THEATRICAL SELF IN AN IMPROVISATIONAL SOCIETY
BIOSPHERE CONSCIOUSNESS IN A CLIMAX ECONOMY
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One of the most popular social thinkers of our time, Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of The European Dream, The Hydrogen Economy, The Age of Access, The Biotech Century, and The End of Work. A fellow at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program, he is president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Bethesda, MD.

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