Category: Nonfiction

Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See by Donald D. Hoffman

By Donald D. Hoffman

"Don Hoffman . . . combines a deep realizing of the common sense of notion, a present for explaining it with uncomplicated monitors that anybody can-quite literally-see, and a fresh feel of ask yourself on the miracle of it all."--Steven Pinker, writer of ways the brain Works

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman's exploration of the intense inventive genius of the mind's eye "has many virtues, of which sheer highbrow pleasure is the foremost" (Nature). Hoffman explains that faraway from being a passive recorder of a preexisting international, the attention actively constructs each element of our visible event. In a casual type replete with illustrations, Hoffman offers the compelling clinical proof for vision's confident powers, unveiling a grammar of imaginative and prescient - a collection of ideas that govern our conception of line, colour, shape, intensity, and movement. Hoffman additionally describes the lack of those positive powers in sufferers equivalent to an artist who can now not see or dream in colour and a guy who sees his father as an impostor. ultimately, Hoffman explores the spinoffs of visible intelligence within the arts and know-how, from movie lighting tricks to digital fact. this is often, in sum, "an striking instance of artistic well known science" (Publishers Weekly). 20 full-color and one hundred thirty black-and-white illustrations

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Everest the Cruel Way by Joe Tasker, Chris Bonington

By Joe Tasker, Chris Bonington

In November 1980 an eight-man British workforce got down to climb Mount Everest in a mode by no means earlier than tried. Their target was once to arrive the summit through the notorious West Ridge, to climb it with no the help of supplementary oxygen and to do it in wintry weather, on the time of 12 months while the Himalayan weather is at its worst. On 30 January 1981 Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess stood at the crest of the West Ridge of the mountain, at a peak of 24,000 ft. less than them have been their partners, a few exhausted, a few crippled by way of ailment, all nearly incapacitated. additional growth was once very unlikely. The day trip retreated. Everest the harsh method is Joe Tasker's tale of this try to climb the top mountain on the earth – a climb which proved an excessive amount of for even a gaggle of Britain's most interesting mountaineers. First released in 1981, and to be had now for the 1st time as an booklet, Tasker's epic account of the Everest West Ridge excursion vividly describes stories which no climber had formerly encountered or persevered – and in doing so Tasker weaves a gripping narrative, not just of 1 man's quest to climb Everest yet of the full problem of what motivates women and men to look for conquests hitherto unachieved. Joe Tasker used to be one among Britain's top mountaineers. He used to be a pioneer of light-weight, Alpine-style mountaineering within the better levels and had a distinct expertise for writing. He died, with his buddy Peter Boardman, excessive on Everest in 1982 whereas making an attempt a brand new and unclimbed line. either males have been very good mountaineers and proficient writers. The literary legacy of Tasker and Boardman lives on during the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, tested through friends and family in 1983 and awarded every year to the writer or co-authors of an unique paintings which has made a great contribution to mountain literature. for additional info concerning the Boardman Tasker Prize, stopover at:

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Postcolonialism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the by Pramod K. Nayar

By Pramod K. Nayar

Postcolonialism as a severe strategy and pedagogic perform has expert literary and cultural reports because the overdue Nineteen Eighties. The time period is seriously loaded and has come to intend a large, and infrequently bewildering, number of ways, equipment, politics and concepts. starting with the historic origins of postcolonial concept within the writings of Gandhi, Cesaire and Fanon, this consultant strikes directly to Edward Said's articulation right into a severe procedure and eventually to postcolonialism's a number of kinds in modern severe considering, together with theorists akin to Bhabha, Spivak, Arif Dirlik and Aijaz Ahmed. Written in jargon-free language and illustrated with examples from literary and cultural texts, this ebook addresses the numerous matters, types and ‘specializations' of postcolonialism, together with gender and sexuality reviews, the countries and nationalism, area and position, heritage and politics. It explains the main rules, options and techniques in what's arguably the main influential and politically edged serious process in literary and cultural conception at the present time >

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Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image by Anthony Uhlmann

By Anthony Uhlmann

Beckett usually made use of pictures from the visible arts and readapted them, staging them in his performs, or utilizing them in his fiction. Anthony Uhlmann units out to give an explanation for how a picture differs from different phrases, like 'metaphor' or 'representation', and, within the strategy, to examine Beckett's use of pictures borrowed from philosophy and aesthetics. This examine, first released in 2006, rigorously examines Beckett's techniques at the snapshot in his literary works and his large notes to the thinker Arnold Geulincx. Uhlmann considers how pictures could enable one type of interplay among philosophy and literature, and the way Beckett uses photographs that are borrowed from, or drawn into discussion with, philosophical photos from Geulincx, Berkeley, Bergson, and the traditional Stoics. Uhlmann's interpreting of Beckett's aesthetic and philosophical pursuits presents a progressive studying of the significance of the picture in his paintings.

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (4th Edition) by Bert Gildart, Jane Gildart

By Bert Gildart, Jane Gildart

Positive factors over 50 hikes in Virginia's greatest nationwide park.

Completely up-to-date, this variation offers precise descriptions and maps of fifty-nine of the easiest hikes within the park. From effortless day hikes to strenuous backpacking journeys, this advisor will offer readers with the entire most recent info they should plan almost any form of climbing event within the park.

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Earthbound by Ken Baumann

By Ken Baumann

"At final, EarthBound will get the paperback it deserves." - Kill Screen

An RPG for the great NES that flopped whilst it first arrived within the united states, EarthBound grew in fan help and important acclaim through the years, ultimately changing into the best-ever favourite online game of hundreds of thousands, between them writer Ken Baumann.

Featuring a heartfelt foreword from the game's North American localization director, Marcus Lindblom, Baumann's EarthBound is a cheerful twister of historical past, feedback, and memoir.

Baumann explores the game’s not likely origins, its amazing author, its madcap plot, its advertising failure, its cult upward thrust from the ashes, and its intersections with jap and American tradition, all of the whereas reflecting again at the author's personal trip into the terrifying and hilarious international of adults.

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Elusive Summits: Four expeditions in the Karakoram by Victor Saunders

By Victor Saunders

Elusive Summits is the award successful first booklet via British mountaineer Victor Saunders, winner of the 1990 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Documenting climbs within the Nineteen Eighties, at a time while the best mountains within the maximum levels have been climbed via a variety of routes, accumulated like units of stamps and written approximately broadly by way of the world’s prime climbers, Saunders and his partners relished the exploration of the millions of peaks within the 6000 and 7000 metre variety. those a bit of humbler, yet usually extra aesthetically pleasant and no much less checking out summits of the Karakoram and the Himalaya, have been ripe fruit for the dedicated alpinists of the day. Saunders describes 4 light-weight expeditions to the Karakoram, starting with Uzum Brakk, or Conway’s Ogre, which he visited in 1980. together with his mountain climbing partners, neither of whom he knew in any respect good, he stumbled on the intense nature of Karakoram glaciers, and confronted as much as the violent climate that finally beat them again at the summit ridge once they had nominally accomplished their path. The trio interrupted their try on Uzum to accomplish a dramatic rescue of 2 badly injured eastern climbers on within reach Latok IV, and this touch led in a roundabout way to Bojohaghur Duanasir, one of many maximum unclimbed mountains in Pakistan, which grew to become the thing of the North London climbing Club’s attentions in 1982. right here, within the corporation of such acquaintances and hiking companions as Mick Fowler, the enjoyment of recent direction discovering on an unclimbed 7000-metre top outweighed the perilous bivouacs and torture through lightening. 1983 provided a unprecedented likelihood to affix Indian climbers at the entrance line of the Indian-Pakistan border clash around the Siachen Glacier. The excitement of fixing problematic technical issues of Stephen Venables excessive above the firing line was once dropped at an abrupt finish via a dropped rucksack which brought on an epic descent from slightly under the then unclimbed summit of Rimo. The fourth day trip was once an try out at the beautiful top of Spantik. First glimpsed from Bojohaghur, this a mountain whose awe-inspiring Golden Pillar, hovering 4000 toes to the summit ridge, demanded cognizance. Saunders’ ascent in 1987 with Mick Fowler, and next pitch-by-grunt account, proved to be some of the most fascinating and hard ascents of the last decade via British alpinists. Saunders communicates the highs and lows of excursion lifestyles with have fun with, reliable humour, sincere trepidation and a willing eye for the idiosyncratic between his partners. Elusive Summits is a superb occasion of the sheer excitement that comes from the toughest point of alpine-style exploration within the Karakoram.

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When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys through the by John Paul Lederach, Angela Jill Lederach

By John Paul Lederach, Angela Jill Lederach

Around the globe groups that experience suffered the trauma of unspeakable violence--in Liberia, Somalia, West Africa, Columbia, and elsewhere--are suffering to recuperate and reconcile, looking for methods not only to outlive yet to heal.

In When Blood and Bones Cry Out, John Paul Lederach, a pioneer of peace-building, and his daughter, Angela Jill Lederach, exhibit how groups can get better and reconnect during the energy of creating tune, developing metaphors, and telling their remarkable tales of affliction and survival. rather than hoping on extra universal linear reasons of therapeutic and reconciliation, the Lederachs display how therapeutic is round, dynamic, and carrying on with, even in the course of ongoing violence. They discover the idea that of "social healing," a profoundly vital middleman step among lively struggle and reconciliation. Social therapeutic specializes in the lived adventure of these who've suffered protracted violence and their have to provide voice to that have, either separately and jointly. Giving voice, talking the unspeakable, in phrases and sounds that echo all through traumatized groups, may have huge, immense therapeutic strength. certainly, the Lederachs tension the extraordinary results of sound and vibration via stories of Tibetan making a song bowls, Van Morrison's transcendent lyrics, the voices of moms in West Africa, and their very own own trips. and so they contain inspiring tales of transformation: a mass women's protest stream in Liberia that forces leaders to maintain negotiating till a peace contract is signed; elders in Somalia who stroll among warring clans 12 months after 12 months to inspire discussion; former baby squaddies who run drum workshops and develop gardens in refugee camps; and rape sufferers in Sierra Leone who convey their soreness in poetry.

With equivalent measures of perception and compassion, When Blood and Bones Cry Out bargains a promising new method of therapeutic traumatized groups.

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