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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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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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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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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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life-changing

this is one of those 2-3 books you read in your life that have the deepest, most formative impact on your mind and perspective on the world

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Debatably the most transformational book for me

Coming to Charle’s work has been something of a mythical and synchronistic journey, wrought with unusual chance encounters and it hasn’t stopped yet.

I have listened to this book twice and read it once. The story of possibility that it paints to what it means to be human and what possibility lies ahead is the most hopeful and intelligent view I have yet heard.

He has expanded on the work of any thinkers both erudite and shamanistic. He has gone into his own soul and the words seem to pour out on to the page from that place.

I really wish he would have narrated it himself. Aside from that this work is a masterpiece. I often read a book or more per week on the subjects of philosophy, psychology, mysticism, esotericism, ecology, communication, dream work, history and economics and I must say that this book weaves through all these areas in a beautiful and refreshing way.

To finalize this review I can only say, “Charles, I hope you’re right.”

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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

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 teachings!

How ever long this work of our story may seem, it feels very complete. Eisenstein has taken off the mask and brought social connection to humanity. Imagine this being taught in school.

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Great Book...narrator can't pronounce 'ayurveda'

Charles is a great thinker.
he points the way.
my recommendation for real growth is to find a real teacher or guru. Charles is not a spiritual teacher, but can point the way. don't stop...keep going further.
thanks Charles

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  • 07-11-21

Challenging in the Best of Ways

At first I wasn't sure if I would like that it isn't read by the author since I have heard Charles speak before, but the narrator does a good job at moving the author's words along efficiently. One needs to approach this book with an open mind and heart. Some of the ideas are challenging or even confusing but I think anyone can get out of it what they put in and what they are ready to receive.

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  • 11-02-20

Everyone should read this book

This is a reference for the many and not the few.
wether you are on the path of self discovery or just curious, this is what we need in our time of transition and confusion.
Charles, transmits a powerful message. This deeply nourishing book covers some of the most unexplored areas of humanity's biggest questions and articulates a stream of wisdom, that will touch your heart and leave you feeling hopeful.


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  • 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)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-19

An Enduring Optimism

Charles brilliantly illustrates the depth of separation so pervasively imbedded in humanity's view of Self and how fallacious it truly is. In parts I was reduced to tears as I felt into trauma we have endured for so long. Yet, still, I was left with an enduring optimism that a more beautiful world certainly is possible. One I wish to help create.

I'm beyond grateful that Charles is offering his gifts in such a beautiful and meaningful way.