Chrysalis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Global Culture

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Overview

The Chrysalis Effect shows that the chaos and conflict experienced worldwide today are the result of a global cultural metamorphosis, one which has accelerated so rapidly in recent decades as to provoke fierce resistance. Many of the changes that have taken place in the last fifty years – the feminist movement, the rapid spread of democracy, the global economy, quantum physics, minority movements, the peace movement, the sexual revolution –are part of this cultural transformation. Contrary to accepted opinion, the conflict it engenders is not a struggle between Left and Right, or between the West and Islam, but one taking place within the Left, within the Right, within the West, within Islam, within everyone and every institution. … Currently, the world is in the middle of an adaptive process, moving toward a cultural ethos more appropriate to a species living in a shrinking world and in danger of destroying its habitat –a world that increasingly demands for its survival integrative thinking, unlimited communication, and global cooperation. … Award-winning author Philip Slater explains the metamorphosis of global culture through the analogy of the transition from caterpillar to butterfly – the Chrysalis Effect – whereby by old cultural assumptions are challenged and innovations are seen as a social ill, a critical moral infection, and attacked as such by the upholders of tradition. And when the budding culture replaces the previous one, it doesn’t create a new way of being out of nothing, but merely rearranges old patterns to make the new ones. Today our world is caught in the middle of this disturbing transformative process –a process that creates confusion over values, loss of ethical certainty, and a bewildering lack of consensus about almost everything. The Chrysalis Effect provides an answer to the question: Why is the world in such a mess?

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Editorial Reviews

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“There’s no other way to put it: ‘The Chrysalis Effect’ is the most brilliant tour de force of this decade. It is, and will continue to be, the most powerful and original analysis of this century's planetary vertigo. Without exaggeration, Slater’s path-breaking illumination of our global ‘state of mind’ can be compared only with the work of a Gibbon, or Toynbee or Plutarch. It’s that profound and should be the most widely read book for years to come.”  —Professor Warren Bennis, University of Southern California, author, Transparency and Judgment

“Beautifully written, this wide-ranging book is full of fascinating information and trenchant insights. The Chrysalis Effect is an important contribution to the cultural transformation urgently needed today.”  —Riane Eisler, author, The Chalice and The Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations

“He brilliantly demonstrates the principles of Integrative Culture in action – that all things are indeed connected in the network age.”  —Rosabeth Kanter, author, America the Principled

“This book ought to launch a thousand necessary discussions.”  —Todd Gitlin, author, The Intellectuals and the Flag

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845193119
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 820,287
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Slater is the author of the bestseller, The Pursuit of Loneliness, and nine other nonfiction books, including Wealth Addiction and A Dream Deferred, as well as a novel, How I Saved the World. He has also written twenty plays, and has taught writing and playwriting at UCSC and in private workshops since 1989. His blogs appear frequently in The Huffington Post.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Way It Works

1 In the Middle of the Bridge 5

2 The Way of Change: Purity Destroys 27

Pt. II The Effects

3 On Gender Concepts: Is Stupidity Masculine? 41

4 On Thinking: Becoming a Verb 68

5 On Authority: Getting Out From Under 84

6 On Our Psyches: The Illusion of Control 106

7 On Warfare: The Decaying Glory 125

8 On Religion: Back to Nature 146

Pt. III Where We're Heading

9 Is America's Decline Reversible? 163

10 Changing How We Change 183

Appendix The Rise and Decline of Control Culture: A Brief History 198

Notes 204

Index 234

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