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The Empathic Civilization


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Contents Introduction 1. The Hidden Paradox of Human History I. Homo Empathicus 2. The New View of Human Nature 3. A Sentient Interpretation of Biological Evolution 4. Becoming Human 5. Rethinking the Meaning of the Human Journey II. Empathy and Civilization 6. The Ancient Theological Brain and Patriarchal Economy 7. Cosmopolitan Rome and the Rise of Urban Christianity 8. The Soft Industrial Revolution of the Late Medieval Era and the Birth of Humanism 9. Ideological Thinking in a Modern Market Economy 10. Psychological Consciousness in a Postmodern Existential World III. The Age of Empathy 11. The Climb to Global Peak Empathy 12. The Planetary Entropic Abyss 13. The Emerging Era of Distributed Capitalism 14. The Theatrical Self in an Improvisational Society 15. Biosphere Consciousness in a Climax Economy Notes Bibliography Index About the Author


"A brilliant read ... that boldly challenges the conventional view of human nature embedded in our educational systems, business practices, and political culture." Huffington Post "The kind of reading fans of Jared Diamond and Richard Dawkins can sink their teeth into, with a contagious sense of urgency over whether we can 'reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse.'" Publishers Weekly "A thoroughly entertaining read." Socialist Unity "Many in the scholarly, religious, and political fields praise Jeremy Rifkin for a willingness to think big, raise controversial questions, and serve as a social and ethical prophet." New York Times Rifkin is "one of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day." Utne Reader "Rifkin poses real questions that we've spent too little time thinking about." Washington Post

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