Intelligence and compassion combine to make a masterpiece in this unique and important book.
“Civilization,” wrote H. G. Wells, “is a race between education and catastrophe.” Too often it seems as if we are losing the race, muddling helplessly through this Anthropocene era — our planet’s sixth and deadliest tsunami of extinction.
The kind of education we need now, far more than any other, is what Albert Schweitzer called “reverence for life”, and current thinkers have named “biophilia” — the love and caring between one species and another.
“Civilization,” wrote H. G. Wells, “is a race between education and catastrophe.”
In The Theoretical Individual, Tobias and Morrison ask “Can one individual affect the many?”, illuminating this quintessential question with insights from ecology, ethics, law, psychology, natural history, literature, philosophy, spirituality, anthropology, mythology, and more.
In the words of the prophetic Gibran, “What I say now with one heart will be said tomorrow by many hearts.”
Our intelligent machines rapidly become more human — as we human beings ever-so-gradually become more heartless like machines. Yet the heart of humanity still beats with hope and dreams. Tobias and Morrison have written a revolutionary book, indispensable for everyone who wants to understand the complexities and urgencies of this transformational era, and then make meaningful changes for a kinder, wiser, and more compassionate world.
The Theoretical Individual —
Imagination, Ethics, and the Future of Humanity
by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published by Springer, January 3, 2018
Learn More With This Interview of Tobias and Morrison