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The Ascent of Humanity

Civilization and the Human Sense of Self
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: History, World
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Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. He argues that our disconnection from one another and the natural world has mislaid the foundations of science, religion, money, technology, economics, medicine, and education as we know them. It has fired our near-pathological pursuit of technological Utopias even as we push ourselves and our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. Our journey of separation hasn't been a terrible mistake but an evolutionary process and an adventure in self-discovery. 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. We must shift away from our Babelian efforts to build ever-higher towers to heaven and, instead, turn our attention to creating a new kind of civilization - one designed for beauty rather than height. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a landmark book showing what it truly means to be human.

©2017 Charles Eisenstein (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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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Life Changing

The perspective Eisenstein elucidates puts into words feelings I have known for a long time. To hear them put them into a clear coherent and intellectual conception was liberating.

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I love this author!

If you read one you will want to read them all. This author is an important voice of our time.

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Everyone

This should be required reading/listening for freshmen in college and seniors in college.
Required reading/listening for fellow humans everywhere.

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Amazing must read!

Charles book gives me much hope for the Future and the human’s role in birthing a more beautiful world! This is the best book I have read, ever!

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A necessary book for our time

This book will give you hope for the future as our civilization slides towards collapse and a new beginning. Start the Age of Reunion now in your heart. My thanks to Audible for making this title available.

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EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK

Packed from cover to cover with insights, information, as well as historical, cultural and theoretical applications of humanity's progress. It gives a no-nonsense synopsis of our current situation as a species and the effects we have on our planetary home, as well as the path of ascent we have taken to arrive here. Yet, the conclusion of the book and the arguments for the age of reunion shines new light our dire state of existence, providing hope and practical applications for a better future for all.

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Mind expanding

Thought provoking. A must read for those looking to expand how they think about our world.

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  • M. Lipo
  • 01-17-19

drawn out and disappointing

the narrator makes this unnecessarily drawn out book difficult to get through. I gave up on this book years ago. having tried again, I have to give up again. so much potential, though, so am disappointed.

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  • 01-08-18

Destroy Erase Improve

This book is amazing. My only warning is that it is packed full with information and you will want to pause the book to contemplate what has been said. Or you could do what I did and take notes in evernote. This book is like yuvals Sapiens, but on steroids. I loved it. you should read it (or listen to it)