“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 innate sociability of human beings is a fact, but it does not follow that they are likely to cooperate in dealing with environmental crisis. Michael Dudly, reviewing for the Winnipeg Free Presslabelled the book “ambitious”, “deserving of a wide audience” and “at times fascinating but ultimately underwhelming”.

It is packed with invaluable information and insight about steering a relatively safe course through the sometimes rough seas of our rapidly changing, interconnected world.

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

rifkih A good portion of the chapter, The Emerging Era of Distributed Capitalism, is dated – turns out a lot’s happened in the last decade. Click I Have iTunes to open it now. Rifkin makes a strong case for an idea I had never considered before, but which rang true Despite being sometimes overwritten, Rifkin’s latest contribution riffkin what I like to call “cosmopolitan theory” starting now has changed how I see things.

Where Rifkin departs from the standard green line is in grasping that all of keremy 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. I skimmed some of the way because it is chock full of great examples that thoroughly illustrate his ideas.


He ends with some great ideas on how we are and how we can continue to improve society while ensuring the safety of the planet we reside on.

There is a sense of urgency, however; the old paradigm of materialism being central to well-being still holds sway among the rich and powerful and why not?

This has been the case for more than a century now. Rifkin’s argument is that as cultures become more complex, consume greater and greater quantities of energy and spend more time exploring their world, they will bump into other cultures and novel ways of ordering life.

Jul 26, Randy Elrod rated it it was amazing. Can we reach global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the Earth? 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.

This will evolve people’s sense of empathy to create a biosphere-wide consciousness and a mode of production he calls distributed capitalism. In the 21st-century, this seems almost like a straw-man exercise.

As for information- the book introduces readers to a litany Most books provide an escape from daily life or offer information about a specific subject.

The impact of climate change is rather to intensify human conflict. As empathuc 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.

The Empathic Civilization

Sep 12, Phoebe Gilpinwright rated it it was amazing Shelves: It draws on similar themes as The Zero Marginal Cost Society, in that the world is experiencing a revolution is energy and communication in a massive way. 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. The second part consists of five chapters and focuses on the rise, development, and fall of civilizations.


Apr 07, Simone Collins rated it really liked it Shelves: Rifkin’s difficulties start with the claim — in itself quite plausible — that the environmental crisis is a catch One need not be a cigilization cynic to find this Rousseauesque tale implausible.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Description “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. The development of writing, as well as hydraulics and irrigation, allowed agricultural societies to empathid organize themselves so that a larger geographic area and a larger population could be controlled.

Rifkin points out the importance of the novel in developing human awareness.

Therefore, we should expect to still retain some forager mysticism, some Medieval monotheism, some Newton-era neutral objectivism, some Byron Romanticism, some 20th-century promotion of self-esteem, and some 21st-century multiculturalism.

Show 25 25 50 All. It was a somewhat metaphysical experience reading Rifkin’s book about empathic experiences and our growing interconnectedness on Kindle with the new “popular highlights” feature, which makes reading a more social activity. The result is a new social tapestry—The Empathic Civilization—woven from a wide range of fields. Hardcoverpages. 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.