New Revolutions for a Small Planet: How the Global Shift in Humanity and Nature Will Transform Our Minds and Lives

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Humanity is in the midst of great transformation. Our world is undergoing three types of revolution, all co-dependent: physical, psychic and cosmological. The media report dramatic changes due to climatic disruption: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. We are also witnessing a surge in popular protest, as decades of corrupt or inefficient social systems face their nemesis. Yet within this outward turmoil more subtle shifts are occurring, such as the transition of the 'modern' mind from the ...
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Overview

Humanity is in the midst of great transformation. Our world is undergoing three types of revolution, all co-dependent: physical, psychic and cosmological. The media report dramatic changes due to climatic disruption: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. We are also witnessing a surge in popular protest, as decades of corrupt or inefficient social systems face their nemesis. Yet within this outward turmoil more subtle shifts are occurring, such as the transition of the 'modern' mind from the industrial-globalisation model towards a life-sustaining, ecological-cosmological world-view. Western thinking, with its linear notion of history and progress, has robbed us of enchantment. Many ancient teachings (both spiritual and secular) and many indigenous cultures speak to us of cyclic processes over long periods of historical time. This book looks at the concept of the Hindu Yugas (great cycles) that reflect the rise and fall of civilisations, as well as ebbs and flows in our moral and intellectual health. In the years to come, humanity will adapt itself to a world in revolution, and our lives will be re-energised.
This book provides a user's guide to new worlds and new world-views, and to 'a fresh release of spiritual energy'.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/07/2013
With his heart, if not his head, in the right place, sociologist Dennis (After the Car) reviews the mental state of the planet, leading with a discussion of his views of the modern mind and technological progress. He explains why he believes the imminent future will be different from the recent past, in terms of mental, physical, and political energies, partially basing his theories on the Hindu Yuga cycles, admitting that this and other "cyclic theor of civilizations" are not widely accepted by mainstream historians and anthropologists. Arguing that humanity has been growing in consciousness during recent centuries, he explores how this impacts human interactions with the universe in "a continuous flow-through of energy." Dennis concludes with a look at the future, reviewing the requirements for Ervin Laszlo's idea of "evolved consciousness" and reminding readers that humans have a unique opportunity to influence the planet. "The challenge is to benefit from a scientific, technological advancement and material comfort, whilst securing our wellbeing, happiness, and inner growth." Dennis's treatise will interest those with an inclination for philosophical arguments and discussions, but his conflation of New Age-y pseudoscience with principles of physics and astronomy (among other disciplines) that he doesn't seem to fully understand is profoundly troubling. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780283920
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D., is a sociologist, researcher and writer. He previously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University and was Research Associate at its Centre for Mobilities Research. He is now collaborating with the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University, and is co-founder of WorldShift International. He has written articles on social futures, technology and new media communications, evolutionary studies, and conscious evolution. He is the author of several books, including The New Science and Spirituality Reader (co-edited with Ervin Laszlo) and the acclaimed After the Car. [www.kingsleydennis.com]
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Table of Contents

Dedication & Acknowledgements vii

Introduction - Transitions, Transformations and Revolutions vii

Part I Our Critical Impasse

1 The Birth of the Modern Mind 2

2 A Technological State of Mind 17

3 Rites of Passage: Our Collective Near-Death Experience? 34

Part II Passing Through the Underworld

4 The Dark Night of the Soul: The Death Throes of the Old 64

5 Caught in Plato's Cave: The Final Trick on the Old Mind 83

6 End of an Era: A New Cycle in Gestation 99

Part III Emergence

7 Birthing the Empathic Mind: A Revolution Towards Critical Mass 124

8 A Creative Cosmos: Re-Aligning with a Living Universe 144

9 Field of Dreams: Participating in a New Mindful Reality 169

Part IV Moving Forwards

10 Critical Thresholds: An Emerging New Worldview 200

11 The Way Ahead: Reflections on the Coming Years 229

Afterword 253

Notes 255

Index 266

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