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THE ASCENT OF HUMANITY











Chapter V: The World Under Control


TheTotalDepravityofMan..283 TheWinnersandtheLosers......289 

Life, Death, and Struggle ....... 297 Yes and No ................................... 304 


The Pressure to Break Free .... 310 Molding Minds.............................316 

The Great Indoors ................... 325 Life under Contract.....................330 

The War on Germs..................337 The War on Suffering .................346

Life in a Playpen.......................353


Chapter VI: The Crumbling of Certainty


TheEndofObjectivity...........361 TruthwithoutCertainty..............370 

Order without Design ............. 378 The Nature of Purpose ............... 386 


ThePurposeofNature...........397 LifewithoutaReplicator............405 

TheCommunityofLife..........414
TheGeneticPlenum...................421


Chapter VII: The Age of Reunion


TheConvergenceofCrises....431 TheCurrencyofCooperation...442 

TheRestorativeEconomy......454 TheAgeofWater........................462 

TechnologiesofReunion........468 WorkandArtUnited..................477 

BacktoPlay..............................483 TheMedicineofInterbeing.......490 

TheSpiritoftheGift...............499 StorytellerConsciousness...........506


In Love with the World .......... 515


Chapter VIII: Self and Cosmos


Human Nature Restored......... 523 The Fall..........................................532 

The Perinatal Matrix ................ 537 The Gaian Birthing......................542 

Eulogy and Redemption ......... 551
At Play beside the Tower............ 558



Notes and Sources....567 



Index ........................591



















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