Becoming Animal

Author : David Abram
ISBN : 9780307379313
Genre : Nature
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David Abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous has become a classic of environmental literature. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we’ve ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. Abram’s writing subverts this distance, drawing readers ever closer to their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the human body and the breathing Earth. The shape-shifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.
Category: Nature

The Spell Of The Sensuous

Author : David Abram
ISBN : 9780307830555
Genre : Philosophy
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Winner of the International Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction Animal tracks, word magic, the speech of stones, the power of letters, and the taste of the wind all figure prominently in this intellectual tour de force that returns us to our senses and to the sensuous terrain that sustains us. This major work of ecological philosophy startles the senses out of habitual ways of perception. For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patters) that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate." How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relation with the breathing earth? In The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand of magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which--even at its most abstract--echoes the calls and cries of the earth. On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with a passion, a precision, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez.
Category: Philosophy

The Rough Guide To Kerala

Author : David Abram
ISBN : 9781405388047
Genre : Travel
File Size : 71.45 MB
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The Rough Guide to Kerala will guide you through India's tropical southwest tip, with reliable information and clearly explained cultural background. Whether you're looking for great places to eat and drink, inspiring accommodation or the most exciting things to see and do, you'll find the solution. Discover Kerala with stunning photography and information on everything from the best beaches and lagoon resorts to treehouse hideaways on tea plantations in the hills. Plus, you'll find extensive coverage of attractions in the region, from the tranquil beaches, backwaters and rice barges to elephant processions, kathakali dance drama and temple festivals. Accurate maps, backed up by full-colour sections showcasing the state's vibrant theatre traditions, make The Rough Guide to Kerala your ultimate travelling companion. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Kerala.
Category: Travel

The Rough Guide To Goa

Author : David Abram
ISBN : 9781405386616
Genre : Travel
File Size : 63.80 MB
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The Rough Guide to Goa will guide you through this colourful former Portuguese colony with reliable, practical information and clearly explained cultural background. You'll find detailed accounts of every major tourist sight, along with candid reviews of all the best places to sleep, eat, drink and shop, for all budgets. The Rough Guide to Goa includes first-hand coverage of the region's resorts, beaches, markets, monuments, temples and wildlife sanctuaries, as well as its more offbeat sights; from prehistoric rock carvings deep in the forest to colonial-era mansions. The introduction and inserts, along with inspirational photography, give you a flavour of this region's Portuguese legacy. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Goa.
Category: Travel

Becoming Animal

Author : Nato Thompson
ISBN : 9780262201612
Genre : Art
File Size : 83.90 MB
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Contemporary artists investigate the boundaries between animal and human in a world of transgenics and dissolving distinctions; with 65 color images of new works.
Category: Art

The Metamorphosis Of Heads

Author : Denise Y. Arnold
ISBN : 9780822971023
Genre : Social Science
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Provides a comprehensive ethnography of writing in the Andes, and details the relationship between Andean peoples’ struggle to preserve their indigenous textual forms in the face of Western cirricula, with their struggle for land and power.
Category: Social Science

Spiritual Ecology

Author : Thich Nhat Hanh
ISBN : 9781890350468
Genre : Religion
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The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked what we need to do to save our world. "What we most need to do," he replied, "is to hear within us the sound of the earth crying.” Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced—its accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution and acidification of the oceans. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, and how this affects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis. This is vital and necessary if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance.
Category: Religion

Listening To Children

Author : Bronwyn Davies
ISBN : 9781317672265
Genre : Education
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Through a series of exquisite encounters with children, and through a lucid opening up of new aspects of poststructuralist theorizing, Bronwyn Davies opens up new ways of thinking about, and intra-acting with, children. This book carefully guides the reader through a wave of thought that turns the known into the unknown, and then slowly, carefully, makes new forms of thought comprehensible, opening, through all the senses, a deep understanding of our embeddedness in encounters with each other and with the material world. This book takes us into Reggio-Emilia-inspired Swedish preschools in Sweden, into the author’s own community in Australia, into poignant memories of childhood, and offers the reader insights into: new ways of thinking about children and their communities; the act of listening as emergent and alive; ourselves as mobile and multiple subjects; the importance of remaining open to the not-yet-known. Defining research as diffractive, and as experimental, Davies’ relationship to the teachers and pedagogues she worked with is one of co-experimentation. Her relationship with the children is one in which she explores the ways in which her own new thinking and being might emerge, even as old ways of thinking and being assert themselves and interfere with the unfolding of the new. She draws us into her ongoing experimentation, asking that we think hard, all the while delighting our senses with the poetry of her writing, and the stories of her encounters with children.
Category: Education

Animism The Seed Of Religion

Author : Edward Clodd,
ISBN : 9781447487593
Genre : Religion
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Originally published in 1905, this is a detailed look at the development of belief and religion. Contents include: Prehuman Elements in Religion; Brain in Animal and Man; Naturalism or Conception of Power Everywhere; Nature of Spirit; Spirits in Inanimate Things; Objects of Worship; Absentee Gods; Maleficent Spirits; Benevolent Gods; Tree and Animal Worship; Stone Worship; Water Worship; Deification and Worship of Ancestors; Bibliography. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Obscure Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Category: Religion

Wild Mind

Author : Bill Plotkin
ISBN : 9781608681785
Genre : Nature
File Size : 85.47 MB
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"Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Plotkin offers advice on recognizing and healing inner wounds and destructive patterns of behavior, which can develop into subpersonalities such as inner critics, victims, escapists, rescuers, and so on, with the goal of growing into an integrated, healthy adult- and elder-hood"--
Category: Nature