I recently wrote a post about a wonderful talk by David Crystal about the myths surrounding the supposed decline in our English Language due to the omnipresence of Twitter and mobile texting in our digital age.
This talk couldn’t be more different. It is about the growth of empathic civilisation. I must admit that I had never really heard of Jeremy Rifkin before but then again I hadn’t followed the circles of post-industrial economic theory.
To describe the actual talk and Rifkin’s theories would be to do a disservice to a wonderful talk that looks at developments in neuroscience and blends it to an analysis of the mind changes that came about with successive revolutions in technology. The fact that Rifkin also has a running theme about the human wastage of energy and the probable extinction within the near future of our species on this planet only adds to the fascination.
I am, as people who follow this blog will know, a great fan of TED Talks. I have often found myself moved and challenged by them and in some cases they have changed the way that I look at the world (for example a talk by Pranav Mistry on augmented reality literally left me speechless and has effected the way that I see the future of our society developing). This talk by Jeremy Rifkin is about 50 minutes long and not the usual 15-20 minutes of a TED Talk… and yet it has the same punch as a TED Talk and in the end effected my outlook on a number of things. I would really recommend you to give it a go… he speaks really well and lucidly and has the ability to keep a number of themes going in order to support a central thesis. You never know… it may well change your views or maybe your life!