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Other Paradises

Author : Jessica Sequeira
ISBN : 9781785355868
Genre : Social Science
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Why do people choose to play with ideas considered antiquated? Why do they elect to act in non-productive ways? Perhaps the question can be asked in reverse: What comes to mind when we think of technology? That which is practical, efficient, invisible, fast, optimistic, constantly updated. So how can one explain the search for the opposite, that which is useless, inefficient, physically present, slow, dystopian, obsolete and governed by chance? The matter of what motivates the search for ‘antiquated’ forms strikes deep into the heart of value. Are people simply following trends? Are they idiots? Are they sentimental? Are they artists? Are they interested in kitsch? Are they uninformed? Are they poets? Other Paradises is a collection of essays exploring imaginative responses to science and technology, and is about people who choose to build ‘other paradises’, fully conscious of the alternative they offer to the dominant paradigm of technological progress.
Category: Social Science

Pure Gold From The Words Of Sayyid Abd Al Az Z Al Dabb Gh

Author : Aḥmad ibn al-Mubārak Sijilmāsī
ISBN : 9789004164154
Genre : Religion
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Around 1720 in Fez A mad b. al-Mub rak al-Lama , a religious scholar, wrote down the words and teachings of the Sufi master Abd al- Az z al-Dabb gh. Al-Dabb gh shunned religious studies but, having reached illumination and met with the Prophet Mu ammad, he was able to explain any obscurities in the Qur n, ad ths and sayings of earlier Sufis. The resulting book, known as the Ibr z, describes how al-Dabb gh attained illumination and access to the Prophet, as well as his teachings about the Council of the godly that regulates the world, relations between master and disciple, the darkness in men s bodies, Adam s creation, Barzakh, Paradise and Hell, and much more besides.This encyclopaedia of Sufism with its many teaching stories and illustrations provides a window onto social life and religious ideasin Fez a generation or so before powerful outside forces began to play a role in the radical transformation of Morocco.
Category: Religion

Hamburgers In Paradise

Author : Louise O. Fresco
ISBN : 9781400873319
Genre : Social Science
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A fascinating exploration of our past, present, and future relationship with food For the first time in human history, there is food in abundance throughout the world. More people than ever before are now freed of the struggle for daily survival, yet few of us are aware of how food lands on our plates. Behind every meal you eat, there is a story. Hamburgers in Paradise explains how. In this wise and passionate book, Louise Fresco takes readers on an enticing cultural journey to show how science has enabled us to overcome past scarcities—and why we have every reason to be optimistic about the future. Using hamburgers in the Garden of Eden as a metaphor for the confusion surrounding food today, she looks at everything from the dominance of supermarkets and the decrease of biodiversity to organic foods and GMOs. She casts doubt on many popular claims about sustainability, and takes issue with naïve rejections of globalization and the idealization of "true and honest" food. Fresco explores topics such as agriculture in human history, poverty and development, and surplus and obesity. She provides insightful discussions of basic foods such as bread, fish, and meat, and intertwines them with social topics like slow food and other gastronomy movements, the fear of technology and risk, food and climate change, the agricultural landscape, urban food systems, and food in art. The culmination of decades of research, Hamburgers in Paradise provides valuable insights into how our food is produced, how it is consumed, and how we can use the lessons of the past to design food systems to feed all humankind in the future.
Category: Social Science

The Illuminati Bible

Author : Sorin Cerin
ISBN : 9781500329068
Genre : Philosophy
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The Illuminati Bible is first, a work of philosophy of religion, ethics, metaphysics,etc.I have not drawn the features of human wretchedness. I cared much more about gnosiology, ontology and even epistemology of religion, spirituality,etc.I think God is Evil and Good together. My goal was not human misery even if it exists, but its cause. In 2011, I have published a book called the Bible of the Light, which I felt a as being a vision upon faith in Divine Light, a belief of mine. In the coming years, I have more published at various publishers in United States, but also in Romania, other volumes of aphorisms such as, Illumination, The Sin, Paradise and Inferno, etc., volumes which have me complemented the vision upon the faith, understanding that this not comes only from outside, but especially from inside, as a result of the illumination of the soul. Therefore, I think that I have reached a certain level of illumination, thus "The Illuminati Bible" came as something of themselves that had to happen. I believe in God as a Universal Consciousness, both outside, and inside our souls. I have another vision upon religion, by understanding the evil equally necessary, as the good, in the knowledge process. What, I understand through the Illuminati is totally different from what others think, namely that would be a group of people who would lead mankind from the shadows, committing all sorts of abuses to maintain power. I only believe in true Illumination on that many of you might to it find in the pages of this book. Sorin Cerin
Category: Philosophy

Other Whispers

Author : Gordon Zima
ISBN : 9781611392449
Genre : Fiction
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The technical man, more than any other, has put the shapes and habits, opportunities and neglects, into our time. If a man with such a bent reaches a place where he questions some of his paths, he will usually need more help than he can find within himself to take, maybe blaze, another path. Here, a man like this—Paul Sanger, still young, but old enough to sign for material to make a conscience—stumbles into accidents of aristocratic environment and friendships that will warp him into a situation of impossible love, and pull him into new technical vistas that will qualify, and energize, him for his path changes. These things will also put him in the way of another possibly impossible woman, with a conscience like his own, who refuses the obstacles posed by him in looking at her own future. The problems here—technical, academic, emotional, ethical—are contemporary...and timeless.
Category: Fiction

Dreaming Of Cockaigne

Author : Herman Pleij
ISBN : 9780231529211
Genre : History
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Imagine a dreamland where roasted pigs wander about with knives in their backs to make carving easy, where grilled geese fly directly into one's mouth, where cooked fish jump out of the water and land at one's feet. The weather is always mild, the wine flows freely, sex is readily available, and all people enjoy eternal youth. Such is Cockaigne. Portrayed in legend, oral history, and art, this imaginary land became the most pervasive collective dream of medieval times-an earthly paradise that served to counter the suffering and frustration of daily existence and to allay anxieties about an increasingly elusive heavenly paradise. Illustrated with extraordinary artwork from the Middle Ages, Herman Pleij's Dreaming of Cockaigne is a spirited account of this lost paradise and the world that brought it to life. Pleij takes three important texts as his starting points for an inspired of the panorama of ideas, dreams, popular religion, and literary and artistic creation present in the late Middle Ages. What emerges is a well-defined picture of the era, furnished with a wealth of detail from all of Europe, as well as Asia and America. Pleij draws upon his thorough knowledge of medieval European literature, art, history, and folklore to describe the fantasies that fed the tales of Cockaigne and their connections to the central obsessions of medieval life.
Category: History

Bali A Paradise Created

Author : Adrian Vickers
ISBN : 9781462900084
Genre : Travel
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The Island of Bali—a true paradise is explored in this classic travelogue. From the artists and writers of the 1930s to the Eat, Pray, Love tours so popular today, Bali has drawn hoards of foreign visitors and transplants to its shores. What makes Bali so special, and how has it managed to preserve its identity despite a century of intense pressure from the outside world? Bali: A Paradise Created bridges the gap between scholarly works and more popular travel accounts. It offers an accessible history of this fascinating island and an anthropological study not only of the Balinese, but of the paradise–seekers from all parts of the world who have traveled to Bali in ever–increasing numbers over the decades. This Bali travelogue shows how Balinese culture has pervaded western film, art, literature and music so that even those who've never been there have enjoyed a glimpse of paradise. This authoritative, much–cited work is now updated with new photos and illustrations, a new introduction, and new text covering the past twenty years.
Category: Travel

Wildlife Paradises

Author : John Gooders
ISBN : STANFORD:36105031660199
Genre : Nature
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Category: Nature

Evil Paradises

Author : Mike Davis
ISBN : 9781595587787
Genre : Social Science
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Evil Paradises, edited by Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is a global guidebook to phantasmagoric but real places—alternate realities being constructed as “utopias” in a capitalist era unfettered by unions and state regulation. These developments—in cities, deserts, and in the middle of the sea—are worlds where consumption and inequality surpass our worst nightmares. Although they read like science fiction, the case studies are shockingly real. In Dubai, where child slavery existed until very recently, a gilded archipelago of private islands known as “The World” is literally being added to the ocean. In Medellín and Kabul, drug lords—in many ways textbook capitalists—are redefining conspicuous consumption in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, and even the Iranian desert, burgeoning communities of nouveaux riches have taken shelter in fantasy Californias, complete with Mickey Mouse statues, while their maids sleep in rooftop chicken coops. Meanwhile, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of private parkland. Davis and Monk have assembled an extraordinary group of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to reflect upon the trajectory of a civilization whose deepest ethos seems to be to consume all the resources of the earth within a single lifetime.
Category: Social Science