The Ascent of Humanity is a radical exploration of the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the human sense of self. Eisenstein traces all of. Ascent The Ascent of Humanity is about the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the evolution of the human sense of self. This book. Ascent of Humanity: Introduction. More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate our environment, and the ability to.

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Apr 13, Cbphoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: He added that Eisenstein is too intelligent to be confrontational but that, through his works, especially The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics”he’s really moved the whole thing along in a number of ways. After millennia of development, the power to manipulate the environment has become the power to destroy it, while the ability to transmit knowledge transmits as well a legacy of hatred, injustice, and violence.

A personal brush with death, or even the passing of a loved one, connects us to a reality beyond the constructs of me and mine. Why do we stay up late and dread waking up in the morning? As this planetary crisis invades our individual lives, unavoidably, neither the personal nor the collective misconception of who we are will remain tenable.

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We will be more efficient, more intelligent, more capable, and finally have the capacity to solve humanity’s age-old problems. If civilization is to collapse, Why? Now I feel like I can point to this work and say, “This is it.

Who could deny that the first digging stick was an improvement over hands and fingernails; who could deny that fire keeps us warmer and medicine healthier than the primitive living in a state of nature? It does not reverse but rather integrates the entire course of separation, which we may begin to see as an adventure of self-discovery instead of cuarles terrible blunder. Eisenstein’s clear-eyed perception of our problems and how we got here is heart-wrenching; it takes a brave soul to look so unflinchingly at the ugliness of humanity on planet earth.

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Item s unavailable for purchase. Nov 12, Brian Ishmai Naim rated it it was amazing. Any person who considers him or herself enlightened, or wanting to become enlightened, should humqnity this book. Yet, it is nothing to fear, it is only the inevitable result of centuries of separation, separation which has culminated in the super-specialized trivial existences we now occupy.

Is there some truth to this statement? Yet as the environment continues to deteriorate, as job asceht evaporates, as the international situation worsens, as new incurable diseases appear, as the pace of change accelerates, it seems impossible to rest at ease.

This is what the present convergence of crises portends. Drawing on the new scientific paradigms of Chapter Six, it describes a system of money, economics, medicine, education, science and technology that seeks not the control or transcendence og nature, but our fuller participation in nature. Paths to a Sustainable Future. This is simply the most important book I have ever read.

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Jan 21, T. Basic Income Earth Network. Jul chwrles, Nick Scott rated it liked it. But I think we know in our hearts that we have the power to create a beautiful world. Feel free to copy and share. The same goes for seeing war ov or an oil slick.

While other animals do make and use tools, no other species has our capacity to remake or destroy the physical environment, to control nature’s processes or transcend nature’s limitations. The Ascent of Humanity. When you really study the situation the world is in, you realize that it is going to take a miracle, lots of miracles, so save us.

Nonetheless, the shift in our collective self-conception is intimately related to a parallel shift in our individual self-conception. I put my work online without a pay wall of any kind, and my events are generally by donation as well. Hence our favorite term for the millennia-long accumulation cbarles culture and technology: It is densely written with lots of thought provoking ideas.


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He does this well Lists with This Book. Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential. True, none are viable on their own but neither are human beings.

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By considering it through the lens of addiction, we will see that the despair mentioned above is justified, that our entire approach to problem-solving renders us helpless to do anything but worsen the gathering crisis. Today, for more and more people these voices are ringing hollow. The same happens in populations, growth and cells. Nov 25, D added it. To ask other readers questions about The Ascent of Humanityplease sign up.

The distinction from this reality is an illusion. All defining qualities of modern adolescence. Perhaps this is not true human nature but a response to work. A New Earth Oprah Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. If C generates a sequence that does not diverge to infinity then it is in the mandelbroit set.

The Ascent of Humanity is about Separation: If, as I wrote above, our self-conception as discrete and separate beings is an illusion, then the whole ascent of humanity—the species of culture and technology—is based on an illusion as well.

Mainstream society wants us to believe everything is fine. Without bacteria in their rumens, cows would be unable to digest cellulose and would quickly starve.