“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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The Globe and Mail. Oct 05, George Polley rated it it was amazing. This book is an admittedly lengthy treatise and the importance of that concept, and how we need to band together to face the rifkkn problems think energy and climate that now confront us.

It is a direct result of the energy-intensive civilisation in which the affluent part of humankind lives, and which the rest very much wants to join. First, you need to know this book will take you months to read and it weighs a ton.

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I enjoyed every page of this book, and I caught myself wondering a few times how much better the world might be if Rifkin is a brilliant guy, who portrays his ideas in a very clean and enjoyable writing style. For all its inordinate length, The Empathic Civilization fails to substantiate its central thesis. It’s also an etymology tracing the roots and origins of words including “self” as a noun”self-praise””consciousness””self-consciousness””vegetarian”and “empathy” Any reading of history will tell you that!

Humans may be more moved by empathy than is sometimes allowed, but empathy for the feelings of others is not only expressed in compassion.

Rifkin is a very sharp guy who has always displayed a few annoying tendencies in pop-psychology, whether writing about biotechnology or Europe or entropy.

Tamper with one part, we affect every other part. How these developments will sustain global cultural diversity and make our societies sustainable and more human harboring remains a big question for me for him to as is does never come with an answer but merely makes an analysis of the situation.

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

It is an acknowledgment that each life is unique, unalienable, and deserving of equal consideration in the public square. Rifkin connects the qualitative changes in energy regimes and communication techniques with changes in how people understand and organize reality. With well-researched discussions of a wide range of issues, from education to economics, this book is a must-read for anyone trying to make sense of what it means to be human, and how our collective future may unfold.


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. In reality, climate change is triggering another round of geopolitical conflict. We experience her existential aloneness and her personal plight and her struggle to be and succeed as if it were our own.

Jul 26, Randy Elrod rated it it was amazing. By retelling and reshaping o A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of consciousness and empathy in humans. As global warming accelerates, natural resources such as arable land and water become scarcer, and competition to control them will be acute and pervasive.

The best part of Rifkin’s book resides in its center section about the shift over centuries from magical hunter-gatherer to faith-centered medievalists, to Enlightenment rationalists and nineteenth-century Romanticists, and on to the 20th-century psychology-centric and 21st-century altruists. Mar 19, I rated it really liked it.

The Inevitable Kevin Kelly. The catch is that, as civilisation has extended the reach of empathy beyond the family and the tribe until it covers all of humankind, the expanding infrastructure of industry and transport has needed ever larger inputs of energy, increasing entropy and wrecking the planet.

The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness ueremy structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. This is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that recasts much of what we jerejy in an entirely new context.

It ends by posing the question: His thesis regarding the historical evolution of the self and its correlation with more sophisticated capacity for wmpathic is also convincing. Rifkin challenges us to address what may be the most important question facing humanity today: Rifkin’s ‘The Empathic Civilization’ provides a great sense of optimism and happiness in regards to the future of mankind.

Anthony, Amelia Bloomer, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were vegetarians and outspoken in their defense of animals. Rifkin has an interesting take on the role of empathy in the development of civilization, even his prolonged sidelines are engrossing soil salinity, the French decimal calendar, Stanislavski, etc. It is a brilliant call to action, perhaps a last call.

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

Rfkin Jeremy Rifkin had previously written several books that, like The Empathic Civilizationhave attempted to extrapolate trends in the economy, technology, and society. Lo bueno del libro: This is a book that must be read, from cover to cover, with full attention.


John Gray’s Gray’s Anatomy: Okay, so let me try to summarize this: Many will criticize Part 3 of the book as being far too “kumbaya” for a world still dominated by materialist greed and war, but there are many who dismiss Pinker and Turchin, as well.

Selected Writings is published by Penguin.

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In the 21st-century, this seems almost like a straw-man exercise. Reining fivilization corporate interests and chivvying politicians to be greener do nothing to resolve this fundamental contradiction.

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.

A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of consciousness and empathy in humans. Rifkin thinks that narcissism in the era of Facebook and Twitter is actually less of a problem than it was in the s and s, and he might have a point, though there are still a plethora of fame and infamy -hungry narcissists on Facebook. The reviewer in the Edmonton Journal admitted the book is well-researched and presents “an immense amount of engaging evidence” on empathy, but ultimately dismisses it as “a 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”.

Because of the Internet we are already interconnected. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is true that what we consider a solid objective world is actually a series of probability wave fronts, and that strengthens Rifkin’s argument that the self is a process, not an object. One need not be a hardened cynic to find this Rousseauesque tale implausible. A similar revolution needs to happen now on the energy side, a radical turn of the tide from geopolitics to biosphere-politics.

As psychological theory has evolved, empathy has played a larger and larger role, especially in the emotional and intellectual development of children. Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis.