- Paperback: 604 pages
- Publisher: Panenthea Productions; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (March 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977622207
- ISBN-13: 978-0977622207
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
"Quite marvelous, a hugely important work... This book is truly needed in this time of deepening crisis."—John Zerzan, author of Future Primitive and Elements of Refusal
"A radical awakening as to how we arrived at our current crisis and how we can more effectively redefine the path of our evolutionary journey."—Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief
"Brilliant and original, with great depth of insight and understanding, Eisenstein's Ascent of Humanity easily ranks with the works of such giants of our age as David Bohm, Julian Jaynes, Jean Gebser, Whitehead. It is a profoundly serious, indeed somber portrait of our times, even as it opens a door of honest hope amidst the dark destiny we have woven about us. Accept the challenge of this major accomplishment and discover the light shining within it."—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, Evolution's End, and The Biology of Transcendence
"This is one of those rare books that moves the goal posts. Eisenstein pulls together a wide array of insights to show that what we thought was the solution is also the problem. It is eye opening fodder for conversations with everyone I meet. As a technologist and a human being, I believe this could well be one of the most important books of the decade."—Garret Moddel, professor of electrical engineering at UC Boulder; chairman & CTO, Phiar Corporation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. The author of Sacred Economics (EVOLVER EDITIONS, 2011), he currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and serves on the faculty of Goddard College. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I was convinced, and proceeded to read the book over a period of several days. I couldn't put it down. It is based upon science and philosophy, it's true, but you don't need a background in any academic discipline to read it. All you need is a desire to understand our world, what it has become, and where it is going. AOH is approachable and very readable.
However, I would describe the process of reading AOH not as a walk in the park, but as an enjoyable hike to the top of a mountain. On the way, you learn about why our society, why the world even, is in the state it is in, and what can be done about it. The author uses the analogy of the Tower of Babel to illustrate how the separation we have created has not worked; sometimes he also compares what has happened with technology and control to addiction. AOH is written with an optimistic and positive tone about potentially dark times, so that unlike other books that try to tackle the same ideas, you will not end it filled with anger and blame and despair, but filled with hope and understanding and peace---no matter what you think might happen in the future. No matter how difficult the times might be. You'll be okay inside. And you won't be fearful now.
Reading AOH for me was an experience that could best be described as a worldview exchange and personal healing that cost me only $25 and forty or so hours of my time and that, now, knowing what it is, I'd do anything for. Because it healed a precious part of me, and gave me a gift. A vital gift that I desperately needed today but that I will need even more in these times that are coming.
Highest possible recommendation.
Ascent is the most honest and thorough inquiry into what it means to "trust onself" that I have encountered. Trusting oneself appears simple enough until you realize that you have to contend with the tide of intellectual giants like Bacon, Descartes, Adam Smith, Marx--indeed, ten thousand years of civilized history to discover the contortions humanity has gone through to keep us from doing so. Today, as every aspect of living is being colonized by corporations, schools and government, we are faced with an onslaught from "experts" of every imaginable field telling us what to do and how to do it. Mr. Eisenstein insightfully points out what has been staring us in the face all along: what has been left out of the equation of living is living itself. In other words, surviving by the dictates of external authorities is not living at all.
Let the journey begin...