Seeks to answer the questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here, on this planet?" It is offered to those looking for something beyond the superficial values of our culture, who may be disillusioned with religious and secular belief systems as currently presented and who question political values which are deeply mired in the pursuit of power.
A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
Author: Anthony Gottlieb
Pubpsher: Penguin UK
Already a classic, this landmark account of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages. The Dream of Reason takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom. The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell's monumental History of Western Philosophy, "but Gottlieb's book is less idiosyncratic and based on more recent scholarship" (Colin McGinn, Los Angeles Times). A New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and a Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2001.
This eloquent and evocative book explores that arresting moment encountered in film, theater, and literature: a statue steps down off its pedestal and comes to life as lover, oracle, avenger, or monster. What does it mean for the statue that stands immobile in gallery or square to step down from its pedestal or speak out of its silence? What is it in this fantasy that animates us?
Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant, comprehensive, and radically different from anything proposed before. Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe, as it develops and eventually reproduces through black holes, each of which may result in a new big bang and a new universe. Natural selection may guide the appearance of the laws of physics, favoring those universes which best reproduce. The result would be a cosmology according to which life is a natural consequence of the fundamental principles on which the universe has been built, and a science that would give us a picture of the universe in which, as the author writes, "the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, can be understood." Smolin is one of the leading cosmologists at work today, and he writes with an expertise and force of argument that will command attention throughout the world of physics. But it is the humanity and sharp clarity of his prose that offers access for the layperson to the mind bending space at the forefront of today's physics.
Release on 2001-11-01 | by Adam Bartos,Svetlana Boym
Author: Adam Bartos,Svetlana Boym
Pubpsher: Princeton Architectural Press
The inherent contradictions of the Space Age -- the mixture of technologies high and low, of nostalgia and progress, of pathos and promise -- are revealed in Kosmos, Adam Bartos's astonishing photographic survey of the Soviet space program. Bartos's fascination with this subject led him to seek out places like the bedroom where Yuri Gagarian slept the night before his history-making flight into space, located in the Baiknour Cosmodrome, the one-time top-secret space complex in the Kazakh desert. Kosmos presents 94 of Bartos's photographs, rich with the incongruities of the history, science, culture, and politics of the Space Age.
What if there were no objective facts, no objective truth, only our belief in them? What if our consciousness itself is an unconscious invention, constructed out of logic and language? In this thought-provoking volume, Lynn Segal describes how the ideas of Heinz von Foerster compel us to explore the question "Do we discover the world or do we invent it?". He suggests that we must first know how we think before we can claim knowledge of the world. While Constructivism may seem relevant only to those in the cognitive sciences, it is, in fact, highly relevant to everyone. Paradoxically, grasping the limits of our own understanding can free us to live more creative and meaningful personal and professional lives.
Release on 2009-05-01 | by James R Lewis,Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
Author: James R Lewis,Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
Pubpsher: Visible Ink Press
Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dream-related topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as self-healing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary—updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations—offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for instance, can indicate control issues, and dreaming of a zoo can indicate that the dreamer needs to tidy up some situation. Examining these concepts and more, this is the ultimate dreamer's companion.
The influence of the Universal World Teacher in the figure of Sri Sathya Sai Babaa supremely beneficient renewer of moral life and spiritual faithhas already reached the far corners of the Earth. Yet this Avatar, His miracles and teachings, are still a greeat mystery to even those who are acquainted with Him. Source of the Dream is thorougly researched and gives an objective appreciation of Sai Baba's teachings about spirituality and modern science. Priddy gives an indepth analysis of Sai Baba's miraculous actions and words. He includes investigations he made with the late professor N. Kasturi, Sai Baba's official biographer, into how Sai Baba's earlier teaching have been written or recorded, edited, translated, published, and authenticated. Some common misunderstandings about interpretation and application of the teachings, and of Baba's own words, are discussed. Priddy inclused color photographs of Sai Baba and some of His miraculous manifestations. Robert Priddy shares his experiences, both subtle and direct, which ultimately led him to a life transformation. He appeals to both devotees and newcomers to Sai's teaching, explaining how Sai Baba reaches out to those in need over great distances, and what it's like to visit Sai Baba's ashram and attend an interview with Him. For devotees, Priddy shares his accounts of Sai's emanation of mystery and grace with balanced reflections upon their likely purpose and meaning.