More than ever, the world finds itself faced with common problems that affect most of the planet's population in some way: climate change, poverty, escalating violence, international conflicts, illness. And while an 'us v. them' mentality persists, a growing sense of empathy, of connection, with those in remote parts of the world has caught hold and is spreading. The authors argue that empathy and feelings of kinship with others are necessary to preventing the collapse of civilization. Through a careful examination of how humans must learn to relate to one another to avoid global calamity, they show how empathy can help to create a sustainable society of many billions of individuals.
Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He is the author of The Population Bomb, one of the first books to bring environmental science to the general public. He has given thousands of public lectures in the past 40 years. Ehrlich is author and coauthor of over 1000 scientific papers, books, and articles in the popular press covering a range of topics from the effects of crowding on people and how consumption destroys our life-support systems to the origins of religion and the ethics of the environments. Of his some 40 books, Human Natures and The Dominant Animal have brought home the seriousness of the mismatch between human behavior and the chances of a global collapse of civilization. He has given thousands of public lectures and appearances on the electronic media. Robert Evan Ornstein is a psychologist, writer, former professor at Stanford University, and chairman of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge (ISHK). He is the author of The Healing Brain, New World New Mind, and The Psychology of Consciousness. He has written or co-written more than twenty-five other books on the nature of the human mind and brain and their relationship to thought, health and individual and social consciousness, which have sold over ten million copies and been translated into 23 languages. Dr. Ornstein has taught at the University of California Medical Center and Stanford University, and he has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities in the U.S. and overseas. He is the president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge (ISHK), an educational nonprofit dedicated to bringing important discoveries concerning human nature to the general public. Among his many honors and awards is the UNESCO award for Best Contribution to Psychology and the American Psychological Foundation Media Award 'for increasing the public understanding of psychology.'
1 Section 1 Connecting with others: The Evolution of Humanity, Families and Empathy 2 Chapter 1 On a Tightrope 3 Chapter 2 Empathy, And "Us" Family Members versus "Them" 4 Chapter 3 The Seeds Of Family Values And How They Sprouted 5 Chapter 4 The Evolution of "Them" 6 Section 2 Changing Our Mind and Changing the World we Made 7 Chapter 5 The Neuropsychology Of Getting To "Us": The More Alike The More We Like 8 Chapter 6 It's All Us Now: Closing the Culture Gap and Building a Global Family 9 Chapter 7: The Beginnings of a New Stage in History 10 Chapter 8 Getting To "Alike" One Another 11 Chapter 9 Revitalizing Religious Empathy and Staying on the Tightrope 12 Appendix Going Further: Reading, Informing, Acting 13 Bibliography 14 Acknowledgments
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