“Social thinker and author Jeremy Rifkin’s book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis looks at emerging scientific studies that show humans are not naturally aggressive and self-interested, but fundamentally empathetic. Rifkin’s book is a new interpretation of the history of civilization, focusing on the development of human empathy through the present time.”
This is an interview that is well worth listening to.
In the interview, Rifkin equates all the major advances in human civilization with power and communication working together. Writing and harnessing the power of the sun via agriculture for cities in Mesopotamia. The mass produced printed word and coal. The age of oil and telegraph/radio/television for the modern era which is ending. Next period is digital communication and alternative energy technologies.
He says it much better. A bit mind blowing.
“The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society.
“In essence, this shift in consciousness is based upon reaching out to others. But to resist this change in human relations and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in facing the new challenges around us. As the forces of globalization accelerate, deepen, and become ever more complex, the older faith-based and rational forms of consciousness are likely to become stressed, and even dangerous, as they attempt to navigate a world increasingly beyond their reach and control. Indeed, the emergence of this empathetic consciousness has implications for the future that will likely be as profound and far-reaching as when Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based consciousness with the canon of reason. ”
“The main thing is that it abstracts the computer away. If you go and study computer science and you know how a computer really works under the hood. There is a file system inside like on the iPhone. But the user never sees it.”—John Gruber on the iPad user inteface in interview on CBC Spark blog.
“iPad is an incredible opportunity for developers to re-imagine every single category of desktop and web software there is. Seriously, if you’re a developer and you’re not thinking about how your app could work better on the iPad and its descendants, you deserve to get left behind.”—Joe Hewitt on the iPad
“Max Woolley, a father working in the area with a humanitarian aid group prior to the disaster, was buried under rubble for about 60 hours after the earthquake struck. During the quake, Woolley received fairly serious injuries to both his head and his leg. Luckily, he also had an app that dealt specifically with how to treat and respond to such injuries.
“Mr. Noorda’s best-known work in the United States was for the (NYC) Metropolitan Transit Authority, which in 1966 commissioned his firm, Unimark International, to modernize and unify the look of the subway system’s signs.”
“Jacmel is often described as Haiti’s most beautiful city. It’s an arts center on the island’s southern coast, with French Colonial architecture reminiscent of New Orleans, and one of Haiti’s few tourist destinations.”
“Zerofootprint is offering the ZEROprize™ to the design team who can take an older concrete high-rise structure and, using re-skinning along with other retrofitting technologies, reduce its carbon, water, and energy footprint to net zero while also maintaining the highest architectural design standards. To secure the ZEROprize™, a candidate building will be required to have a net zero footprint for one year.”
“Products from Microsoft, including Windows, Office and Internet Explorer, have long been favored targets for hackers because so many people use them. But McAfee, a leading software security firm, predicts that Adobe’s software will become the top target this year, as Microsoft has improved its products after years of attacks and Adobe’s software has become ubiquitous.”
“Using the light from his iPhone’s screen, Dan examined his wounds and identified the extent of the damage using the unnamed app. From there, he looked up the appropriate first aid techniques and applied them with pieces of his own clothing. Later, as he waited to be rescued, he diagnosed shock, again using that medical app.”
“Installing wind turbines or solar panels on homes that are not well-insulated or energy-efficient amounts to little more than “eco-bling” that makes owners feel good but does little to reduce carbon emissions…”