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The Point Of Vanishing

Author : Howard Axelrod
ISBN : 9780807075463
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"On a clear May afternoon at the end of his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod left his dorm-room to play a pick-up game of basketball. In the skirmish for a loose ball, a boy's finger hooked behind Axelrod's eyeball and severed his optic nerve. Permanently blinded in his right eye, Axelrod returned a week later to the same dorm-room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the smooth veneer of reality had been broken, and where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf. Five years later, heartbroken from a love affair in Italy and still desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, Axelrod retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods. Miles from the nearest neighbor, at the dead-end of an unmaintained dirt road, he lived without a computer, without a television, and largely without human contact for two years. Whether tending to the woodstove, or snow-shoeing through the trees, he devoted his energies to learning to see again--to paying attention. He needed to find, with society's pressures and rush now removed, what really mattered. He needed to dig down to a sense of meaning that couldn't be changed in an instant. What followed was a strange and beautiful series of sensory adventures, shadowed by a haunting descent into the dangers of solitude. A gorgeous search into the profoundly human questions of perception, time, and identity, The Point of Vanishing announces the arrival of a major new literary voice of the timeless--which is to say, a major new voice for our harried times"--
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Vanishing Point

Author : Pat Flower
ISBN : 1862542929
Genre : Fiction
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An intense psychological thriller, first published in 1975, in which a possessive and unbalanced woman takes dire steps to hold on to her man. Set in the Far North, the area's suffocating heat fills the book with a similar atmosphere. The author committed suicide in 1978. Includes an afterword by the series editors, Michael J Tolley and Peter Moss.
Category: Fiction

Acts Of Vanishing

Author : Fredrik T. Olsson
ISBN : 9780751553352
Genre : Fiction
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'Olsson has the page-turning power of Michael Crichton' The Sun A father's search. A daughter in danger. A terrifying secret. It was ten past four on the afternoon of the third of December. Everything was darkness and ink, and the snow falling turned to water. Through it ran Sara Sandberg, the girl who was about to die, and somewhere in the cold, lead-grey hell that was Stockholm was a man who called himself her father. In her rucksack, she had a warning for him. Now whether he would receive it or not was all down to her. From international bestseller and renowned Swedish screenwriter Fredrik T. Olsson comes a gripping, visionary Swedish thriller that's impossible to put down. Praise for Fredrik T. Olsson: 'Boy are you ever going to love this book' Simon Toyne 'A colourful blockbuster' Independent 'Gets high marks for developing an original concept and building suspense' Publishers Weekly
Category: Fiction

Intelligent Science And Intelligent Data Engineering

Author : Jian Yang
ISBN : 9783642366697
Genre : Computers
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This book constitutes the proceedings of the third Sino-foreign-interchange Workshop on Intelligence Science and Intelligent Data Engineering, IScIDE 2012, held in Nanjing, China, in October 2012. The 105 papers presented were carefully peer-reviewed and selected from 429 submissions. Topics covered include pattern recognition; computer vision and image processing; machine learning and computational intelligence; knowledge discovery, data mining, and web mining; graphics and computer visualization; and multimedia processing and applications.
Category: Computers

The Stars In Our Pockets

Author : Howard Axelrod
ISBN : 9780807036761
Genre : Psychology
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What shapes our sense of place, our sense of time, and our memory? How is technology changing the way we make sense of the world and of ourselves? The human brain's ability to adapt has been an evolutionary advantage for the last 40,000 years, but now, for the first time in human history, we're effectively living in two environments at once--the natural and the digital--and many of the traits that help us online don't help us offline, and vice versa. Drawing on his experience of acclimating to a life of solitude in the woods and then to digital life upon his return to the city, Howard Axelrod explores the human brain's impressive but indiscriminate ability to adapt to its surroundings. The Stars in Our Pockets is a portrait of, as well as a meditation on, what Axelrod comes to think of as "inner climate change." Just as we're losing diversity of plant and animal species due to the environmental crisis, so too are we losing the diversity and range of our minds due to changes in our cognitive environment. As we navigate the rapid shifts between the physical and digital realms, what traits are we trading without being aware of it? The Stars in Our Pockets is a personal and profound reminder of the world around us and the worlds within us--and how, as alienated as we may sometimes feel, they were made for each other.
Category: Psychology

Arts And Sciences

Author : Charles Knight
ISBN : WISC:89094373388
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries