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Title The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
Author Caspar Henderson
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release 2013-04-10
Category Nature
Total Pages 448
ISBN 022604470X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.

A New Map of Wonders by Caspar Henderson

Title A New Map of Wonders
Author Caspar Henderson
Publisher Granta Books
Release 2017-10-26
Category Science
Total Pages
ISBN 178378136X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New Map of Wonders charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring. With the curiosity and enthusiasm of a great explorer, the award-winning Caspar Henderson celebrates and explains the wonder of light and the origins of the universe, the myriad marvels of the human body and the natural world -- and reveals the wonders to come: the technologies that will transform human experience and change what we will find wonderful. Drawing on philosophy and natural history, art and religion, neuroscience and nanotechnology, A New Map of Wonders is a celebration of life -- a rich and inspiring guide, encouraging us to see the world anew.

Title Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth Legend and Folklore
Author Theresa Bane
Publisher McFarland
Release 2016-04-25
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 428
ISBN 0786495057
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Here there be dragons--this notation was often made on ancient maps to indicate the edges of the known world and what lay beyond. Heroes who ventured there were only as great as the beasts they encountered. This encyclopedia contains more than 2,200 monsters of myth and folklore, who both made life difficult for humans and fought by their side. Entries describe the appearance, behavior, and cultural origin of mythic creatures well-known and obscure, collected from traditions around the world.

Queer Defamiliarisation by Palmer Helen Palmer

Title Queer Defamiliarisation
Author Palmer Helen Palmer
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release 2020-07-06
Category
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1474434177
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Helen Palmer examines the Russian formalist concept of defamiliarisation from a contemporary critical perspective, bringing together new materialist feminisms, experimental linguistic formalism and queer theory.She explores how we might radically restructure this gesture of 'making-strange' to create a dialogue with the affirmations of 'deviant', 'errant', 'alternative' and 'multiple' modes of being which have become synonymous with queer theory. Queer theory harnesses the creative potential of indeterminacy in order to celebrate and affirm infinite dimensions of sexuality and gender, creating space for all human beings to express themselves without the classification or judgement of prescriptive terminologies. Linguistic at its source, but going beyond this limit just like defamiliarisation, the liberating force of queer theory is derived from the removal of terminological boundaries. Palmer asks what a 21st-century queer defamiliarisation might look like and examines the extent to which these affirmative or emancipatory discourses escape the paradoxes of normativity or historicisation.

Title Ecological Crisis Sustainability and the Psychosocial Subject
Author Matthew Adams
Publisher Springer
Release 2016-11-07
Category Psychology
Total Pages 278
ISBN 1137351608
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book draws on recent developments across a range of perspectives including psychoanalysis, narrative studies, social practice theory, posthumanism and trans-species psychology, to establish a radical psychosocial alternative to mainstream understanding of 'environmental problems'. Only by addressing the psychological and social structures maintaining unsustainable societies might we glimpse the possibility of genuinely sustainable future. The challenges posed by the reality of human-caused 'environmental problems' are unprecedented. Understanding how we respond to knowledge of these problems is vital if we are to have a hope of meeting this challenge. Psychology and the social sciences have been drafted in to further this understanding, and inform interventions encouraging sustainable behaviour. However, to date, much of psychology has appeared happy to tinker with individual behaviour change, or encourage minor modifications in the social environment aimed at 'nudging' individual behaviour. As the ecological crisis deepens, it is increasingly recognised that mainstream understandings and interventions are inadequate to the collective threat posed by climate change and related ecological crises.

Title The Literary Review
Author
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Release 2012
Category Arts
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title American Scientist
Author
Publisher
Release 1942
Category Greek letter societies
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Radical Spirit by Stephen Dinan

Title Radical Spirit
Author Stephen Dinan
Publisher
Release 2002
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 297
ISBN 9781577311997
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A collection of twenty-four essays by members of Generation X includes contributions from spiritual pioneers, visionaries, healers, teachers, and activists on topics ranging from environmental awareness and social justice to personal fulfillment and spirituality. Original.

The Gilded Dinosaur by Mark Jaffe

Title The Gilded Dinosaur
Author Mark Jaffe
Publisher
Release 2001-03
Category Social Science
Total Pages 424
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Provides a colorful history of the scientific race that pitted two rival scientists against each other in the nineteenth century in the race to uncover evidence that dinosaurs roamed the earth. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Shapes that Pass by Julian Hawthorne

Title Shapes that Pass
Author Julian Hawthorne
Publisher
Release 1928
Category Authors
Total Pages 364
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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