Crisis and Renewal of Civilizations: The 21st Century Crisis of Ideas and Character


Marek J. Celinski (Editor)
Private Practice in Psychology, Toronto, Canada

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: PSY020000

This book expands on the primary assumption that the human brain is a sense and purpose producing organ; we use it to understand and guide us through chaotic realities in order to impact the course of events and ourselves. Humanity’s future will be a direct result of what our brains permit us to do, and this is the reason why understanding how the brain functions is so important to promote its best utilization. We need to learn how to better benefit from the human brain’s innate tendency to establish new connections, which could promote flights of creativity and imagination. A unique feature of the human brain is that it is both diversified and united, allowing for a variety of sensory and expressive functions and, at the same time, for cohesive and purposeful behavior. Our mind’s cohesiveness breaks down in the brain’s pathological conditions, or in conditions of severe stress and deprivation. Examples of crisis observed throughout history can be understood as a projection by our collective mind of pathological states on reality. Put simply, the human mind is unable to make sense of circumstances to assure stability and continuity. It is obvious that we struggle both to separate and unify ourselves, and that every war or social disruption ultimately ends in peace and the temporary restoration of order and stability. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction: Civilizations as a Projection of Human Nature
Marek J. Celinski (Private Practice, Toronto, Canada)


Chapter 1. The Similarities between Personal and Civilizational Crisis and Renewal
Marek J. Celinski (Private Practice, Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 2. What Hath Man Wrought: Utopian Dreams and Delusions
David A. Eisenberg (Columbia University, New York, USA)

Chapter 3. Non-Linear Future: Global Crises in View of Mega-History
Akop Pogosovich Nazaretyan (Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russian Federation)

Chapter 4. Human Nature and Collective Wisdom in an Age of Crisis
David J. Rosner (Metropolitan College of New York, USA)

Chapter 5. Evil in Civilizations and Solutions
Michael Andregg (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

Chapter 6. Revolutions: A Violent Encounter with Eternity
Stephen T. Satkiewicz

Chapter 7. Imagining the Future of Civilization: Using Science Fiction to Objectivize Crisis and Renewal
Adan Stevens-Diaz (Temple University)


Chapter 8. The Trauma of Time and the Development of Cognition and Morality
Marek J. Celinski (Private Practice, Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 9. Using Axioms to Unblock Civilization’s Progress
Frank J. Lucatelli (Personal Intelligence, LLC) & Rhonda C. Messinger (Career Momentum, LLC)

Chapter 10. The Rise & Fall of Civilizations and the Evolution of Scientific Spirituality: the Psychosocial Dynamics of Mind, Genes, War and Peace
Ernest L. Rossi & Kathryn L. Rossi (Psychosocial Genomics Research Institute)

Chapter 11. Social Connectedness and Creativity: Two Mutually Influencing Processes that Promote Human Evolution
Alex J. Zautra (Arizona State University), Anna M. Palucka (Centre for Mental Health and Addiction & Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada) & Marek J. Celinski (Private Practice, Toronto, Canada)

Chapter 12. Toward a New Worldview: Humanity’s Challenge
Darlene A. Osowiec (Independent Practice, Geneva, Illinois, USA)

Chapter 13. Marshall Plan Cooperation as a Progenitor of Global Civilization
John A. Grayzel (Independent International Development Consultant)

Chapter 14. The Marshall Plan: How International Cooperation Became a Global Norm for an Emerging New World Order
John A. Grayzel (Independent International Development Consultant)

Chapter 15. On the Design of National Wellbeing Measures and Policies
Michael Hogan (School of Psychology, NUI, Galway, Ireland), Helen Johnston (National Economic and Social Council, Dublin, Ireland), Benjamin Broome (School of Communications, Arizona State University, USA) & Chris Noone (School of Psychology, NUI, Galway, Ireland)


Chapter 16. The Nature of Crisis and Renewal
Marek J. Celinski (Private Practice, Toronto, Canada)

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