The Archeology of Design
Author: Beatriz Colomina,Mark Wigley
The question Are We Human? is both urgent and ancient. Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley offer a multilayered exploration of the intimate relationship between human and design and rethink the philosophy of design in a multi-dimensional exploration from the very first tools and ornaments to the constant buzz of social media. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outside space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Colomina s and Wigley s field notes offer an archaeology of the way design has gone viral and is now bigger than the world. They range across the last few hundred thousand years and the last few seconds to scrutinize the uniquely plastic relation between brain and artifact. A vivid portrait emerges. Design is what makes the human. It becomes the way humans ask questions and thereby continuously redesign themselves."
The Plan, Purpose & Meaning of Life
Author: Brian H. Butler
Publisher: WestBow Press
Why ARE we here? CHRISTIANITY DIRECT FROM CHRIST ‘THE MASTER' A non-denominational way to study using spiritual 'keys' to gain new understanding of the Scriptures The Scriptures were entirely inspired by God, by YHWH who became Christ Jesus; and were written down exactly as He spoke by the Prophets of old, and by Christ's Apostles. Christ Jesus is the Author of The Holy Bible. True Christians are required to 'Grow in grace and knowledge' Are you growing? You can only 'grow' by studying daily the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures of the Bible, with God's help! Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 STUDY YES, BUT HOW? You will learn the many essential 'keys' and useful practical 'tools' needed to help you to 'master' the study of the true Christianity of the Bible. ESSENTIAL 'KEY' No 1 The carnal human mind cannot fathom the deep meanings in the Bible without asking for, and receiving the help of the Holy Spirit INGREDIENTS: PURE TRUTHS, LOVE, JOY, THE INSPIRATION OF GOD. TOOLS PROFITABLE FOR LEARNING CHRIST'S TEACHINGS ON HOW TO LIVE, AND THE MEANING & PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE. THIS MANUAL CONTAINS No false doctrines No man-made gods No artificial teachings No added fables or pagan festivals No idols, images, symbols, relics or statues No doctrines or commandments of men Free from denominational influences You can learn the meaning & purpose of life! Compiled by Brian H. Butler Website: ernestworkman.com
Everyday Questions and the Christian Life
Author: Ronald F. Thiemann,William C. Placher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
A one-of-a-kind book in which several outstanding theologians use their expertise to examine everyday questions that Christians ask. Christians do not just believe; they think about what they believe. Moreover, they are not content with simple answers to their questions about life and meaning. The contributors to this volume therefore provide thoughtful responses to the following questions: Why are we here? Why are we so indifferent about our spiritual lives? Why do the innocent suffer? Is Jesus Christ the only way to salvation? Are there angels? Why go to church? The unity of the church--why care? What shall parents teach their children? What does my faith have to do with my job? Must Christians believe in hell? Is there life after death? The eleven contributors to this volume--which include, in addition to the editors--Kathryn Tanner, David Dawson, Thomas F. Tracy, J.A. DiNoia, Bruce D. Marshall, James J. Buckley, Michael Root, William Werpehowski, and George Hunsinger) are friends who attended the same graduate school (Yale) and had many of the same teachers. For twenty years they have been meeting once a year to talk about their work, their lives, and their thinking about the Christian faith. In this book they share with fellow Christians and curious bystanders the intellectual and spiritual wealth and excitement and complexity they have found in that faith. Ronald F. Thiemann is John Lord O'Brian Professor of Theology and Dean of Harvard Divinity School. William C. Placher is Professor of Contemporary Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.
A Psychological Preparation for the First Alien Encounter
Author: Vikas Gupta
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The subject of aliens is not a new one and has been around for a really long time now. We talk about it all the time. News and articles about the possibility of alien visits or attacks are everywhere. Perhaps this has become so common that people have started to shrug it off, thinking this is just one of those science fiction topics that media loves to sensationalize. If all of a sudden we have an alien encounter one day, are we psychologically prepared for this? Like many of you even I think we are not. In fact we might be in a state of shock as they might turn out to be completely different from any of our imaginations about them. But if we are prepared for anything, then such an alien encounter might not be shocking. The objective of this book is to prepare its readers psychologically to deal with the subject of aliens and the first alien encounter. In other words aiming to prepare humanity with the cope of a possible shock upon an impending alien encounter. There are a lot of mysteries in this world that might have some paranormal behavior associated to them, but they are kind of scattered and appear here and there. In other words although these mysteries have been documented well enough by a lot of people from time to time, but they do not appear related. This book attempts to bring together these mysteries and relate them with one possible explanation that is common, the alien connection. Also it is trying to bring this subject out from the confines of a circle of scientists, subject experts and enthusiasts to a common person. So this book is for a common man by a common man.
Microbes, the Puppet Masters!
Author: Yuan Kun Lee
Publisher: World Scientific
Our genome is littered with scraps of DNA, termed ?junk? DNAs, that serve no apparent purpose. Junk DNAs make up as much as 98.5% of our genome. Scientists believe that some junk DNAs came into existence millions of years ago, when viruses inserted their DNA into that of the human host. There is emerging evidence that suggests that these bits of microbial DNAs may alter our functional genes, impacting our body physiology and behavior.We have been invaded by ?body snatchers? and they are part of us! We could postulate that we are carrying a large number of DNAs that serve only the DNAs, and we are just a small part of the big picture! There is ample scientific evidence to suggest that, even today, free-living microbes are still manipulating our behaviour and our life at large. They are thriving on our wet skin, in our mouth, and in our intestinal and vaginal tracts. We are perhaps not quite what we think we are.This thought-provoking and inspiring book offers many answers, while at the same time raising many questions for future research.
Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities
Author: Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
At a time when many despair of culture, Elshtain recovers the life-affirming essence of what it means to be human. Respected Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain finds in the tensions and tragedies of our turn-of-the-century society hope in the recovery of personhood. She explores the internal and external trappings that so easily lead us to forget how to be faithful to something other than ourselves. This is a work of political analysis, cultural criticism, and theological engagement. Elshtain suggests that much of what we rightly interpret as troubling presents fascinating interpretive occasions for Christians, who, of all people, are called to live in hope. She highlights in particular certain aspects of youth culture, taking up popular films like "Seven and "Titanic and tragedies like the shootings at Columbine High School. What she finds running through all of these are examples of courage and a search for a source of truth and meaning that seems to elude so many.
Come join me let's talk
Author: Fidelia Iwegbu
Have we ever stopped, put a break in life and reflect, how did we find ourselves on this planet earth. Find out what science religion are saying and how they differ or view things
Author: Justin Tyers
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Sports & Recreation
The enchanting next stage in Justin and Linda's eventful and amusing voyage from the Scottish islands to Cornwall and Brittany in their self-built traditional wooden cruising yacht.
A Study in Personal Ontology
Author: Eric T. Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
From the time of Locke, discussions of personal identity have often ignored the question of our basic metaphysical nature: whether we human people are biological organisms, spatial or temporal parts of organisms, bundles of perceptions, or what have you. The result of this neglect has been centuries of wild proposals and clashing intuitions. What Are We? is the first general study of this important question. It beings by explaining what the question means and how it differs from others, such as questions of personal identity and the mind-body problem. It then examines in some depth the main possible accounts of our metaphysical nature, detailing both their theoretical virtues and the often grave difficulties they face. The book does not endorse any particular account of what we are, but argues that the matter turns on more general issues in the ontology of material things. If composition is universal--if any material things whatever make up something bigger--then we are temporal parts of organisms. If things never compose anything bigger, so that there are only mereological simples, then we too are simples--perhaps the immaterial substances of Descartes--or else we do not exist at all (a view Olson takes very seriously). The intermediate view that some things compose bigger things and others do not leads almost inevitably to the conclusion that we are organisms. So we can discover what we are by working out when composition occurs.
Author: William C. Placher
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This splendid introductory textbook for Christian theology presents two essays by leading scholars on each of the major theological questions. William Placher provides an excellent discussion of the history and current state of each doctrine while the essays explore the key elements and contemporary issues relating to these important theological concepts.
The Role of Genes in Human Behavior
Author: William R. Clark,Michael Grunstein
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Books such as Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene have aroused fierce controversy by arguing for the powerful influence of genes on human behavior. But are we entirely at the mercy of our chromosomes? In Are We Hardwired?, scientists William R. Clark and Michael Grunstein say the answer is both yes--and no. The power and fascination of Are We Hardwired? lie in their explanation of that deceptively simple answer. Using eye-opening examples of genetically identical twins who, though raised in different families, have had remarkably parallel lives, the authors show that indeed roughly half of human behavior can be accounted for by DNA. But the picture is quite complicated. Clark and Grunstein take us on a tour of modern genetics and behavioral science, revealing that few elements of behavior depend upon a single gene; complexes of genes, often across chromosomes, drive most of our heredity-based actions. To illustrate this point, they examine the genetic basis, and quirks, of individual behavioral traits--including aggression, sexuality, mental function, eating disorders, alcoholism, and drug abuse. They show that genes and environment are not opposing forces; heredity shapes how we interpret our surroundings, which in turn changes the very structure of our brain. Clearly we are not simply puppets of either influence. Perhaps most interesting, the book suggests that the source of our ability to choose, to act unexpectedly, may lie in the chaos principle: the most minute differences during activation of a single neuron may lead to utterly unpredictable actions. This masterful account of the nature-nurture controversy--at once provocative and informative--answers some of our oldest questions in unexpected new ways
Applications To Aggression and Patholoqical Processes
Author: K. Bailey
Publisher: Psychology Press
First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
A Voyage of Discovery
Author: Jeffrey Brodd
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
The major religions of the world are a mystery to many high school teens. Now you can help them unlock the doors of these traditions with our new text, World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery. The book is an introductory survey that helps eleventh and twelfth graders understand the people, dimensions, and religious principles of the world's major religions. The textbook includes a chapter on each of eleven major world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and others. The text offers the Catholic perspective on interreligious dialogue, an overview of basic questions that religions address, and Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religion. A glossary and word pronunciations in each chapter help students learn unfamiliar terms. In addition, the second edition of this text incorporates the following new features: a new chapter on modern trends in religion; new, more detailed maps; a new section on the Aztec religion of Mesoamerica; a sidebar in each chapter offering examples of the seven dimensions of religion; and review questions at the end of each chapter.
Author: Shelton Ranasinghe
Publisher: Shelton Ranasinghe
I hypothesize that the brain has purposely given us reigns to make "us" aware only about the functionality of this "limited sector" of the thinking process. Because of this unreasonable victimization of "us", by our own brains, I believe we can't perceive what else is happening in the brain when a thinking process is happening.My take on this hypothesis expressed in another way is, that "you" are the ego process in the brain. But without your ego process's awareness, your main brain knows everything what you are thinking of. In computer terms you are just a sub-program (ego) of a big comprehensive master program (brain). You have been programmed to assume you are the master program (hidden system + ego program). But you are not the master program. You don't have any control over the master program or even have the slightest awareness of its existence. You are limited to the boundaries of the ego based sub program. You assume and feel that you run the master program. But you don't.