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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Charles Eisenstein on the Ascent Of Humanity

He even gives it away for free on his website. What you say is true, though I think ours is the first generation that is abandoning the project of Ascent in large numbers.

From this basic sense-of-self arises deep paradigms of control, since the interests of these competing selves are fundamentally opposed. Yet as the environment continues to deteriorate, as job security evaporates, as the international situation worsens, as new incurable humanitty appear, as the pace of change accelerates, it seems impossible to rest at ease.

The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein

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. When death occurs, the emergent property of a soul may be associated with a bound energy and brings and enormous detangling.

Yet no if how complete the despair, no matter how bitter the cynicism, a possibility beckons of a world more beautiful and a life more magnificent than what we know today. Charles Eisenstein has picked up on some great ideas throughout history and some fine ones of his own. The Art of War. They are just more ascenh to be misused and rise to their level of incompetence.


No, I’m not going to blame it all on “capitalism”, for our economic system too is more a symptom than a cause of separation. Open Preview See a Problem?

In cbarles mastering nature with technology, and mastering human nature with culture, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of life, establishing a separate human realm. That is also a true revolution. And then some bright perks that make sense. He does this well We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. Readings in the Philosophy of Technology.

And this revolution is underway already. Our opposition to nature and human nature, implicit in technology’s mission to improve them, can only result in a “world under control.

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They too sought to eliminate the evil that was gripping the world. This includes personalizing content and advertising. If you would understand what I have been struggling with, read this book. Feb 25, Charles Stoll rated it really liked it.

Perhaps only a crash of epic proportions must occur before we enter Eisenstein’s “Age of Reunion”, a time in which we once again integrate with our natural world and discover human existence full of meaning far from the modern myth of “survival only”. Would you stay in bed until noon, lounge in front of the TV and asccent into a vague never-ending spiral eisenatein indulgence? To the extent that the separation is eisensein illusion and that we too are part of nature, that illusion has unleashed a new force of nature that has transformed the planet.

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Temporary, localized improvements cannot hide the ambient wrongness that pervades the warp and woof of modern society, and often our personal lives as well. The Meaning of Human Existence. I found this book several years ago and have taken quite a long time to finish it.


Lists with This Book. We are bubbles of psychology, we are flesh-encased souls, we are rational economic actors seeking to maximize self-interest, we are genetically-determined individuals seeking to maximize reproductive self-interest.

The book says a lot about economics, health, government, education, social interactions, and science based upon that worldview of who we are. What would happen if you lost your willpower?

The reality that the factory system created was a mass-produced reality, a generic reality of standardized products, standardized roles, standardized tasks, and standardized lives. The normalcy of the routines surrounding me here in America tells me, “It couldn’t be that bad.

Even in our darkest hour, Eisenstein sees the possibility of a more beautiful world–not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems.

The rising tide of human misery and ecological destruction, as old as civilization, is simply the human condition, an inevitable result of built-in human flaws like selfishness and laziness. You are not, they tell us, a “flesh-encapsulated ego”, and lasting happiness can never result from pursuing that ego’s agenda. That takes a lot of pages to develop, but essentially it is that we are discrete and separate beings in a world of other.

This echoes the classical scientific cosmology which, though obsolete, still forms the basis of our intuitions: This book explains why trying harder can never work.