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Close Encounters With Humankind A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species

Author : Sang-Hee Lee
ISBN : 9780393634839
Genre : Science
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“Deftly weaving together science and personal observation, Lee proves an engaging, authoritative guide… of the human condition.” —Kate Wong, editor at Scientific American What can fossilized teeth tell us about our ancient ancestors’ life expectancy? Did farming play a problematic role in the history of human evolution? And what do we have in common with Neanderthals? In this captivating bestseller, Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected angles. Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters that combine anthropological insight with cutting-edge science, we gain fresh perspectives into our first hominin ancestors and ways to challenge perceptions about the traditional progression of evolution. With Lee as our guide, we discover that we indeed have always been a species of continuous change.
Category: Science

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Author : Jon Towlson
ISBN : 9781911325086
Genre : Performing Arts
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For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience. On its release in 1977, CE3K virtually redefined the science fiction film, shifting it away from spaceships, laser guns, and bug-eyed monsters into a modified form of science fiction that John Wyndham once called ‘logical fantasy’. What would it be like if extra-terrestrials made contact with people on Earth? How would it feel? Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Steven Spielberg’s primary inspiration, CE3K is concerned with mankind’s evolution towards the stars, towards a state of transcendence. But Spielberg’s vision hinges not so much on cool scientific intellect being the key to our next stage of evolution, as on the necessary development of emotional intelligence. To that end, we must regain our childlike curiosity for what lies beyond the skies, we must recover our capacity to experience wonder. Intensity of emotion is inherent to the film’s meaning, and the aim of this book is to explore this in detail. Along the way it delves into the film’s production history, explores Spielberg’s remarkable cinematic realisation of the film (including a comparison study of the three different release versions), and considers in detail how CE3K fits into the Spielberg oeuvre.
Category: Performing Arts

Jab I Met

Author : Sudhir Vinayak Joglekar
ISBN : 9781482837223
Genre : Fiction
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"Close encounters with multitudinous humankind" would be an apt description for Sudhir Joglekar's collection of stories, Jab I Met. With quicksilver, self-deprecating wit and a sharp eye for human weakness, the author delineates several chance encounters he has experienced over various stages of his life. Joglekar weaves a rich tapestry of these meetings, ranging from legal skirmishes and student squabbles to friendly dialogues, from office debates and socio-political commentaries to bhaang-induced gabfests. Like the Bollywood movies which are frequently referenced, an undercurrent of joie de vivre flows through the mix of mirth, outrage, ambition, and melodrama which this seasoned road warrior presents. A book not to be missed for all those who want a glimpse into modern India's triumphs and travails, its heroes, anti-heroes, villains, and extras.
Category: Fiction

The Films Of Steven Spielberg

Author : Charles L. P. Silet
ISBN : 9781461672821
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Films of Steven Spielberg provides for the first time a collection of critical writings by professional film critics about the director and his films, bringing together many articles and reviews scattered in often inaccessible specialist publications and professional journals. The opinions vary from complimentary to critical, but they definitely provide a well-rounded view of the films and the director. Twelve of Spielberg's major box office sellers are represented in essays that vary complexity ranging from the heavily theoretical to the more general. For both film students and professionals in the film industry.
Category: Performing Arts

Close Encounters With The Deity

Author : Michael Bishop
ISBN : 9780575123069
Genre : Fiction
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Through the means of what he calls "speculative fiction", Michael Bishop examines the various links between man and the supernatural by exploring the relationships and conflicts between mortals and deities of other worlds, in other times and within other cultures. His scope isn't limited to alien environments, however. Bishop's talent for transforming the commonplace into the fantastic often reaches into our own backyards, and the results are astounding: - A father's love for his son and the influence of the evangelist's strange teachings prompt a desperate and violent act. - In a surreal world of unceasing movies where the inhabitants serve constantly as an audience, one man seeks to confront he ultimate power which controls their lives. - A young boy's talent for ventriloquism results in an irresistible summons from an all-powerful source. - A Midwestern farmer's compelling visions draw him to the oceanic god of an unusual cult. - Mysterious airborne hieroglyphics become a young scientist's obsession. With these and other stories, Michael Bishop weaves a colourful tapestry of character, theme and circumstance which attests to his position as on of the best in the field.
Category: Fiction

Close Encounters With God

Author : Dr. Reginald O. Crosley
ISBN : 9781631352898
Genre : Religion
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Close Encounters with God presents a study of multiple close encounters with Yahweh, the name of God in Hebrew Scripture. These encounters enable us to have a clearer portrayal of the self-revealed God, one who is different from the conceptualized deity envisioned through such means as transcendental meditation, vision quest, or mystical rapture. By rediscovering the true personality of the self-revealed God, we will be able to understand the great mysteries of the universe that have baffled mankind for millennia. Why do the blameless suffer? Why does evil persist in the world? Why do the wicked prosper? Must the chosen people suffer the destiny of martyrdom? And why should Yahweh remain the hidden God?
Category: Religion

The Aesthetics Of Everyday Life

Author : Andrew Light
ISBN : 9780231509350
Genre : Philosophy
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The aesthetics of everyday life, originally developed by Henri Lefebvre and other modernist theorists, is an extension of traditional aesthetics, usually confined to works of art. It is not limited to the study of humble objects but is rather concerned with all of the undeniably aesthetic experiences that arise when one contemplates objects or performs acts that are outside the traditional realm of aesthetics. It is concerned with the nature of the relationship between subject and object. One significant aspect of everyday aesthetics is environmental aesthetics, whether constructed, as a building, or manipulated, as a landscape. Others, also discussed in the book, include sport, weather, smell and taste, and food.
Category: Philosophy

Close Encounters Of The Adhd Kind

Author : Neil Gould
ISBN : 9781467005678
Genre : Psychology
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Close Encounters of the ADHD Kind This is an extremely courageous book which touches on what is perhaps the most perplexing and important issue of our time – where we have come from as humankind, what we are doing to ourselves and our planet in so many different realms from the psychological to the ecological, and what impact our conduct may be having on other life forms in the universe. Neil Gould has dared to say that the Emperor has no clothes on. He invites his readers to listen to their intuitive reasoning when addressing these profound issues and to consider seriously the previously unthinkable notions that we are not alone in the universe nor at the top of the food chain, to accept that alternative energies are indeed available in a planet polluting itself to death with toxic hydrocarbon based fuels and to come terms with the fact that a more spiritually aware and advanced world collaborating on vital national and international issues rather than fighting over them, will ultimately prove to be a vastly improved, healthier, more productive, optimistic and happier place in which to live. It is a story of courage and creativity as well as trauma. Time and again he is abused, abandoned, and attacked. His boyhood terrain of South Africa is simultaneously mystical and brutal. As a result his brain, like a metronome, clicks between seeking creative stimulation amid a brain riddled with paralyzing trauma scars. Leap—scar—leap—scar. Trauma becomes a perfect recipe for his relentless cognitive obsession with risk, that is more often than not, rewarded with punishment, isolation, and a brick wall of cultural tradition. His ADHD cry echoing, “What’s wrong with everyone?” He prevails by reaching beyond his brain into the multiverse of consciousness. He likens it to a computer browser where new screens appear to relieve human imposed boundaries. A lifespan of extraterrestrial contact, including downloads, communications, and experiences, launches him, at an early age, into Exoconscious dimensions. His honesty is translated into his own multidimensional story, and contact with ET intelligences. His intuitive abilities and OBE’s (Out of body experiences) with ‘liquid light’ the experience of dimensional hyperspace, and ‘cosmic downloads’; which he terms an exoconscious reality. Neil has opened up Pandora’s Box by suggesting that ADHD maybe new software for Homo sapiens to give them abilities to perceive a broader multi dimensional reality, that could well explain that ADHD is not so much a dysfunction, but one of the new programs for upgrading our species.
Category: Psychology

Close Encounters

Author : Ronald H. Isaacs
ISBN : UOM:39015041104467
Genre : Religion
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"Although it is primarily a book about God, this unique volume is more specifically about the ways in which Jews have spoken of and written about God throughout four millennia of history. By looking at the Bible, rabbinic literature, the liturgy, and the work of ancient and modern Jewish theologians, best-selling author and respected rabbi Ronald Isaacs presents the ways in which Jewish tradition responds to and grapples with questions about God, including God's nature, attributes, and plan for the universe. Topics explored include: basic conceptions of God, early classical proofs of God's existence, theories of revelation, writing and pronouncing God's name, prayer, God in Jewish mysticism, Jewish theology since the Holocaust, how to respond when children ask about God, and how to develop a personal theology." "For many people, the search for personal growth and spiritual fulfillment has raised numerous questions of faith. A introduction to the broad spectrum of issues about God, Close Encounters: Jewish Views about God will provide intellectual sustenance and ideas for further exploration for those readers seeking to strengthen their spiritual identities."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Category: Religion

The Concept Of The Foreign

Author : Rebecca Saunders
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111958679
Genre : History
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Drawing out literal and metaphorical meanings of foreignness this wide-ranging volume offers much to scholars of postcolonial, gender, and cultural studies seeking new approaches to the study of alterity.
Category: History