The Ascent Of Humanity

Author: Charles Eisenstein
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583945377
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" --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.

Author: Jared M. Diamond
ISBN: 9789747799149
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Aldous Huxley Annual

Author: Jerome Meckier, Bernfried Nugel
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Heard's pacifist philosophy was an extension on his psychological and
sociological study of human history, made in his inter-war trilogy The Ascent of
Humanity (1929), The Social Substance of Religion (1932) and The Source of
Civilisation ... whose small size made them largely communist in nature,
achieved a communal sense through shared labour and ultimately through
religious ceremonies, which enabled self-conscious individuals to transcend their
individuality to feel unity ...


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To think any one individual could be healthy when his or her family, village, or
indeed the land, the water, or the planet were not would be as absurd as saying, "
I've got a fatal liver disease, but that's just my liver — I am healthy!" Just as my
sense of self includes my liver, so theirs included their social and natural
community. The modern self is a discrete and separate subject in a universe that
is other. It is the economic man of Adam Smith; it is the skin-encapsulated ego of
Alan Watts; ...

Nature S Economy

Author: Donald Worster
Publisher: Random House (NY)
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But in its first few decades of growth, anthropology gave little attention to
analyzing the structures and functions of primitive society; all the emphasis was
on social dynamics or evolution — the process of change from an archaic
condition to civilized modernity. For in a larger sense the motivation behind the
scientific study of man was to discover a general direction in the course of human
evolution from which fresh social values could be taken, or at least familiar ones
receive new ...

W H Auden

Author: David Garrett Izzo
ISBN: 9780933951945
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This connection has been noted before by Katherine Bucknell, who in her
commentary on Auden's essay remarks that "the fact Auden does not give the
exact source of the story suggests that he may have been recalling it from
Heard's telling in The Ascent of Humanity" (40n). Auden's familiarity with Heard's
Ascent is further supported by his argument for the dissolution of this co-
consciousness and the birth of self-consciousness. "At sometime or other in
human history," writes Auden, ...

The New York Times Book Review

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Two Widely Divergent Views of Mankind's Destiny Mr. Heard Sees Us Near a
Transformation — Professor Lowie Thinks W e Are About Where We Started THE
ASCENT OF HUMANITY. ... ARE WE CIVILIZED t Human culture in perspective.
... mental as well as physical development begins with what Mr. Heard calls the
pre-indl- vldual, or the earliest type of primitive man, possessing what is
denominated ' 'co-consclousuegs' ' — a mental state which precedes self-

Macmillan S Magazine

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He seems to have come to the conclusion that what is called our moral sense is
merely an indication of the superior permanency of social when compared with
personal impressions. Morality, if we take his explanation as complete and final,
is reduced to tribal self-preservation, subtilized into etiquette; an etiquette which,
perhaps, a sceptical voluptuary, wishing to remove the obstacles to a life of
enjoyment, might think himself not unreasonable in treating as an illusion. This,
sofar as ...

Spirituality For The Skeptic

Author: Robert C. Solomon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198030775
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Indeed, looking back (as many are now doing) and retracing the steps of the
ascent of man and civilization and rethinking if not human nature then certainly
the nature of human progress, there is (and long has been) a fascination with the
fate of humanity. There is ample room for speculation ... But of the many fates one
can imagine, even if they are avoidable (and they are by no means inevitable), it
nevertheless makes good sense to call them fate. Our whole history gives
meaning to ...