The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self

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"An exploration of the history and future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to a common source: the ideology of the discrete and separate self"--Provided by publisher. Biographical Note: Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural...

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"An exploration of the history and future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to a common source: the ideology of the discrete and separate self"--Provided by publisher.
Biographical Note:
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. The author of" Sacred Economics "(EVOLVER EDITIONS, 2011), he currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Review Quotes:
"Yale graduate, professor, speaker and author, remove the letters "se" from his surname and you have an idea just how brilliant a thinker Eisenstein is considered to be."--"Montreal Gazette"
"This is an extraordinary book. Eisenstein has put his finger on the core problem facing humanity--namely: separation. All the crises that humanity now faces are grounded in the belief that we are separate--separate from each other, separate from the biosphere that sustains us, separate from the universe that has brought us forth. This is a tour-de-force filled with astounding insight, wit, wisdom and heart."--Christopher Uhl, author of "Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable Future"
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"Quite marvelous, a hugely important work... This book is truly needed in this time of deepening crisis."--John Zerzan, author of "Future Primitive" and "Elements of Refusal"
"A radical awakening as to how we arrived at our current crisis and how we can more effectively redefine the path of our evolutionary journey."--Bruce Lipton, author of "The Biology of Belief"
"Brilliant and original, with great depth of insight and understanding, Eisenstein's Ascent of Humanity easily ranks with the works of such giants of our age as David Bohm, Julian Jaynes, Jean Gebser, Whitehead. It is a profoundly serious, indeed somber portrait of our times, even as it opens a door of honest hope amidst the dark destiny we have woven about us. Accept the challenge of this major accomplishment and discover the light shining within it."--Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, Evolution's End, " and "The Biology of Transcendence"
"This is one of those rare books that moves the goal posts. Eisenstein pulls together a wide array of insights to show that what we thought was the solution is also the problem. It is eye opening fodder for conversations with everyone I meet. As a technologist and a human being, I believe this co

Review Quotes:
"This is an extraordinary book. Eisenstein has put his finger on the core problem facing humanity--namely: separation. All the crises that humanity now faces are grounded in the belief that we are separate--separate from each other, separate from the biosphere that sustains us, separate from the universe that has brought us forth. This is a tour-de-force filled with astounding insight, wit, wisdom and heart."--Christopher Uhl, author of "Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable Future"
" "
"Quite marvelous, a hugely important work... This book is truly needed in this time of deepening crisis."--John Zerzan, author of "Future Primitive" and "Elements of Refusal"

"A radical awakening as to how we arrived at our current crisis and how we can more effectively redefine the path of our evolutionary journey."--Bruce Lipton, author of "The Biology of Belief"

"Brilliant and original, with great depth of insight and understanding, Eisenstein's Ascent of Humanity easily ranks with the works of such giants of our age as David Bohm, Julian Jaynes, Jean Gebser, Whitehead. It is a profoundly serious, indeed somber portrait of our times, even as it opens a door of honest hope amidst the dark destiny we have woven about us. Accept the challenge of this major accomplishment and discover the light shining within it."--Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, Evolution's End, " and "The Biology of Transcendence"

"This is one of those rare books that moves the goal posts. Eisenstein pulls together a wide array of insights to show that what we thought was the solution is also the problem. It is eye opening fodder for conversations with everyone I meet. As a technologist and a human being, I believe this could well be one of the most important books of the decade."--Garret Moddel, professor of electrical engineering at UC Boulder; chairman & CTO, Phiar Corporation

Marc Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.; An exploration of the history and future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to a common source: the ideology of the discrete and separate self--Provided by publisher..

Table of Contents:
Author's Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. The Triumph of Technology -- Gee Whiz-The Future! -- Utopia Postponed -- The Addiction to Control -- From Separation to Boredom -- From Affluence to Anxiety -- Chapter 2. The Origins of Separation -- The Origins of Self -- Fire and Stone -- Language and Label -- Mathematics and Measure -- Keeping Time -- Images of Perfection -- The Marvelous Piraha -- Cultivation and Culture -- The Machine -- Religion and Ritual -- The Playful Universe -- Chapter 3. The Way of the World -- The Scientific Method -- My Personal Age of Reason -- Masters of the Universe -- The Quest for Certainty -- Reducing Reality -- The Ghost in the Machine -- The Origin of Life -- Alone in the Universe -- Chapter 4. Money and Property -- The Realm of Me and Mine -- Alone in a Crowd -- The Anonymous Power -- Social Capital -- Cultural Capital -- Natural Capital -- Spiritual Capital -- Time, Money, and the Good -- The Economics of Other -- Interest and Self-interest -- The Crisis of Capital -- Chapter 5. The World under Control -- The Total Depravity of Man -- The Winners and the Losers -- Life, Death, and Struggle -- Yes and No -- The Pressure to Break Free -- Molding Minds -- The Great Indoors -- Life under Contract -- The War on Germs -- The War on Suffering -- Life in a Playpen -- Chapter 6. The Crumbling of Certainty -- The End of Objectivity -- Truth without Certainty -- Order without Design -- The Nature of Purpose -- The Purpose of Nature -- Life without a Replicator -- The Community of Life -- The Genetic Plenum -- Chapter 7. The Age of Reunion -- The Convergence of Crises -- The Currency of Cooperation -- The Restorative Economy -- The Age of Water -- Technologies of Reunion -- Work and Art United -- Back to Play -- The Medicine of Interbeing -- The Spirit of the Gift -- Storyteller Consciousness -- In Love with the World -- Chapter 8. Self and Cosmos -- Human Nature Restored -- The Fall -- The Perinatal Matrix -- The Gaian Birthing -- Eulogy and Redemption -- At Play beside the Tower -- Notes and Sources -- Index -- About the Author.
Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.
Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis, we are entering a new narrative of interbeing, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears 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. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, "The Ascent of Humanity" is a remarkable book showing what it truly means to be human.

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