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  • The Ascent of Humanity

  • Civilization and the Human Sense of Self
  • Written by: Charles Eisenstein
  • Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
  • Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Written by: Charles Eisenstein
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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

What the critics say

"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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Genius

Even though many parts were beyond my grasp from a science perspective it finishes strong, clear and with a massive impact. Genius!

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excellent ! finally someone that gets it.

thorough expose of the ascent of the human race and great insight into what awaits us. I strongly recommend

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Excellent but long

The Ascent of Humanity is an excellent book which covers so many areas and subjects. Mr. Eisenstein is definitely forward thinking. He is very thorough in his research but I did find it extremely long and think it could have been condensed significantly - in saying that how he came back to and reinforced many of his points in later chapters did help in reviewing and reinforcing. Overall a wonderful book which I thoroughly agree with, humanity is facing a crossroads which will require free thinkers and risk takers that lead trail for others. Thank you Mr. Eisenstein.

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  • Tamara Smith
  • 2017-12-03

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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  • Paul Lazazzera
  • 2019-05-17

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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  • Frances
  • 2018-09-30

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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  • carolyn magnussen
  • 2017-12-08

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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  • k. shah
  • 2020-12-04

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-15

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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  • Michael F.
  • 2018-05-16

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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  • Desiree Reyes
  • 2022-07-03

Deeper Reality

Helps me understand why I'm so discontented with this world on a deeper level. Amazing insights and lots of new ideas to ponder.

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  • johnny51v3
  • 2022-05-14

must read

I'm continually impressed by Charles' overarching knowledge of his subject matter. Many times I was enlightened by hos viewpoint and also many times my heart was touched with hope for the future of our planet.

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  • Tam Hunt
  • 2022-03-17

Profound work hard to overstate in importance

A must read for anyone interested in the arc of humanity and our planet. Full of insights and independent thinking and written in a way that can unexpectedly cause you to change your mind about even the biggest of issues. Should be required reading in college history courses.

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  • bigsister
  • 2020-12-03

A magnum opus

This is a book that I’ll be visiting over and over again. There are too many gems to integrate at any one moment of one’s life.