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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The Ascent of Humanitypublished indraws together Eisenstein’s thoughts on many topics.

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A bumanity bag of a book. You can read it online: Some of may have experienced it when we ascemt ourselves cooperating naturally and effortlessly, instruments of a purpose greater than ourselves that, paradoxically, makes us individually more and not less when we abandon ourselves to it. Yet it slips away so easily that we hardly believe it could be the foundation of life; so we relegate it to an afterlife and call it Heaven, or we relegate it to the future and call it Utopia.

Chaos Point and Beyond. As many poets have understood, love too is a kind of death. That is the only sure guide. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. So now it is time to listen to our heart knowing. Another way of being is possible, and it is right in front of us, closer than close; that much is transparently certain. What do you think of the Ascent of Humanity? In-between undergraduate and impending graduate school. I’m certainly interested in the critique of symbolic culture and all that stuff, but there’s just wasn’t enough political analysis in a lot of the topics he was bringing up, and when he mentioned something about the feminine and masculine within us, I finally gave up.


As the social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital of Chapter Four is exhausted, as our technology proves helpless to avert the impending crises, the collapse of the world under control looms closer. These spiritual teachings have helped me realize, at least partway, my intuitions of what work, love, human relationship, and health can be.

Feb eosenstein, Katy rated it it was amazing. February Learn how eisenetein when to remove this template message. This is part and parcel of the argument he is trying to make, however, so it’s not so much a flaw to the book as it is advice for reading it. It takes great bravery and skill to meld together accomplished and respected scientific thinkers with lesser known, new age inspired thinkers representing the best of today’s counter-cultural movements.

If you would understand what I have been struggling with, read this book. Without bacteria in their rumens, cows would be unable to digest cellulose and would quickly starve. The extensive scientific chapters are there to persuade you that the mechanistic, objective world of the discrete and separate self is not reality but a projection, merely the image of our own confusion.

Part of our separation has been to see spirit as distinct from matter, either imposed from the outside by an extra-natural God, or a mere figment of our eeisenstein.

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And what is love, but a melting of the boundaries between self and other? An E-Book eisensteiin also be purchased from the publisher here.

In other words, can the gift of technology and culture somehow be separated from the curse? Technology distances us from nature and insulates us from her rhythms. Paths to a Sustainable Future “Quite marvelous, a hugely important work. Here are a few asdent those ideas I wrote down while drinking in the wisdom espoused within these pages, We think of children as immature adults but we would be more accurate in thinking of ascnt as atrophied children Totalitarianism is the inevitable destination of a society completely obsessed of acheiveing complete control over reality The world of the rational is only one component of a functioning society.


Humble, but articulate; he’s not banging a drum and he’s not confrontational.

Nonetheless, the shift in our collective self-conception is intimately related to a parallel shift in our individual self-conception. In thus mastering nature with technology, and mastering human nature with culture, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of life, establishing a separate human realm.

Technology, in effect, says, “Let us make the world better. There are positive aspects to so-called primitive cultures like a stronger sense of community, connection with nature and innate spirituality, but I’m not about to trade in my modern medicine and clean drinking water for the opportunity to live a 3rd world lifestyle! After all, you can feel it when you watch or read about this destruction — you feel a loss inside.

How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. 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.

For example, most Americans’ lives are little affected by the seasons of the year. Sep 02, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are witnessing in our time the intensification of separation to its breaking point—the convergence of crises mentioned above that is birthing a new era.