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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

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

Close Encounters Of The Invasive Kind

Author : Sarah Seymore
ISBN : 9783643903914
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Before the breakthrough of postcolonial studies, British science-fiction authors already saw the opportunity to discuss political and ethical issues of imperialism by projecting human history and behavior onto the alien 'Other.' In this thesis, the case studies of 15 novels of alien-encounter science fiction illuminate the treatment of colonial and postcolonial concepts - such as colonialism, neo-colonialism, Empire, paternalism, hybridity, mimicry and science and technology - as a means of conquest and resistance. The analysis also shows that the Empire is still a vital background for British science fiction. Thesis. (Series: Anglistik / Amerikanistik; English / American Studies - Vol. 35)
Category: Literary Criticism

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 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 : 145203785X
Genre : Psychology
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The reader is brought on a timeless journey together with a girl without a name - through the barren landscape of Siberia on a train, destination unknown. Exposed to situations that urge her to gradually come out of her existence as an automaton, the girl is forced to make some critical decisions even if they appear frightening and at times alien. An enigmatic fiddler at the train station, a criminal Icelandic entrepreneur and a young Philosopher in the woods - together with what turns out to be a rather mysterious meeting on the Siberian tundra, are only meetings along the girl's way to exploring herself. A series of events leads her back to the Central station where she once began her journey. As she returns she is ready to reunite with her deepest fears. In this intriguing debut, the author energetically builds a bridge between dream and reality, individual and universal perception, in a beautifully naked and rare language which combines expressive dialogue with poetry that remind us of Japanese literature and Nordic playwrights.
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

Ancient Aliens

Author : Philip Coppens
ISBN : 9781477781579
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Ancient civilizations generated many innovations that are difficult to explain, such as the remarkable mathematical accuracy of the pyramids of Giza, the man-made fertile soil of the Amazon known as terra preta, and massive stone monuments too heavy to move in Peru and Lebanon, among other places. Given that modern science cannot explain these mysterious phenomena, one theory holds that ancient aliens were responsible for them. This volume examines the credibility of various paranormal hypotheses, giving readers the opportunity to explore the greatest puzzles of antiquity.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction