By Bernat Rosner
Non secular ideals and practices, which permeated all facets of existence in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes through the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners traveling from position to put peddled their abilities as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels adorned with illustrations of myths traveled with them. New gods encountered in international lands by means of retailers and conquerors have been occasionally taken domestic to be tailored and followed. This number of essays through a extraordinary overseas workforce of students, drawn from the groundbreaking reference paintings Religion within the old World, bargains an expansive, comparative viewpoint in this complicated religious global.
By Richard P. Feynman
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Jeffrey Robbins (ed.)
Freeman Dyson (Foreword)
The excitement of discovering issues Out is a powerful treasury of the simplest brief works of Richard Feynman—from interviews and speeches to lectures and revealed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging assortment, it provides an intimate and interesting view of a lifestyles in science—a reasonable no other.From his ruminations on technological know-how in our tradition and outlines of the wonderful homes of quantum physics to his document at the area commute Challenger catastrophe and his Nobel Prize recognition speech, this booklet will fascinate a person drawn to Feynman and someone attracted to the area of rules. newbies to Feynman may be moved through his wit and deep knowing of the flora and fauna, and of the human experience.
Why will we do technological know-how? past altruistic and self-aggrandizing motivations, a lot of our greatest scientists paintings lengthy hours looking the electrical thrill that comes merely from studying whatever that no-one knew ahead of. The excitement of discovering issues Out, a suite of formerly unpublished or difficult-to-find brief works by way of maverick physicist Richard Feynman, takes its name from his personal resolution. From television interview transcripts to his reputation speech for the Nobel Prize, we see his quickly, sharp wit, his devotion to his paintings, and his unwillingness to bow to social strain or conference. It's no ask yourself he was once basically grudgingly sought after by way of the institution in the course of his lifetime--read his "Minority report back to the distance travel Challenger Inquiry" to work out him blowing off political issues as impediments to discovering the truth.
Feynman had a beautiful humorousness, and his memoirs of his big apple undertaking days roil with enjoyable regardless of his later misgivings approximately nuclear guns. notwithstanding one or items are a section demanding to stick to for the nontechnical reader, for the main half the booklet is easygoing and interesting on a private instead of a systematic point. Freeman Dyson's foreword and editor Jeffrey Robbins's introductions to every essay set the degree good and are respectful with no being worshipful. even though Feynman has been long gone now for a few years, his paintings lives on in quantum physics, computing device layout, and nanotechnology; like all nice scientist, he requested extra questions than he replied, to offer destiny generations the excitement of discovering issues out. --Rob Lightner
From Publishers Weekly
A Nobel-winning physicist, inveterate prankster and talented instructor, Feynman (1918-1988) charmed lots of modern and destiny scientists with money owed of his misadventures within the bestselling without doubt You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and defined the basics of physics in (among different books) Six effortless items. Editor Jeffrey Robbins's assemblage of thirteen essays, interviews and addresses (only one in all them new to print) will fulfill admirers of these books and different lovers of the bright and colourful scientist. top recognized one of the decisions here's definitely Feynman's "Minority report back to the Challenger Inquiry," during which the physicist defined to an fearful country why the distance commute exploded. The identify piece transcribes a wide-ranging, often-autobiographical interview Feynman gave in 1981; an prior speak with Omni journal has the writer explaining his prize-winning paintings on quantum electrodynamics, then solving the interviewer's tape recorder. different items deal with the sphere of nanotechnology, "The Relation of technology and Religion" and Feynman's adventure at Los Alamos, the place he helped create the A-bomb (and, in his spare time, cracked safes). a lot of the paintings right here used to be initially intended for oral supply, as speeches or lectures: Feynman's talky informality can seduce, yet a few of the items learn extra like unedited tape transcripts than like technological know-how writing. generally, even if, Feynman is still enjoyable and informative. listed here are but extra reviews, anecdotes and overviews from a charismatic rulebreaker together with his personal, occasionally compelling, perspectives approximately what technology is and the way it may be performed. (Oct.)
Critically exploring clinical inspiration in a cultural milieu with out discernible impression from the eu Enlightenment, Being Human finds an in a different way left out intersection of early glossy sensibilities and non secular values in conventional Tibetan medication. It extra reports the difference of Buddhist suggestions and values to clinical issues and indicates vital dimensions of Buddhism's function within the improvement of Asian and international civilization.
Through its specific concentration and complex analyzing of resource materials, Being Human provides a vital bankruptcy within the greater historiography of technological know-how and faith. The ebook opens with the daring achievements in Tibetan scientific representation, remark, and establishment construction through the interval of the 5th Dalai Lama and his regent, Desi Sangye Gyatso, then appears to be like again to the paintings of past thinkers, tracing a strategically astute dialectic among scriptural and empirical authority on questions of historical past and the character of human anatomy. It follows key variations among medication and Buddhism in attitudes towards gender and intercourse and the ethical personality of the health practitioner, who needed to serve either the patient's and the practitioner's health and wellbeing. Being Human eventually unearths that Tibetan scientific students absorbed moral and epistemological different types from Buddhism but shied clear of excellent structures and absolutes, as an alternative embracing the imperfectability of the human condition.
By Molefi Kete Asante
"Numerous titles concentrating on specific ideals in Africa exist, together with Marcel Griaule's Conversations with Ogotemmeli, yet this one provides an unparallelled exploration of a mess of cultures and experiences. It is either a gateway to deeper exploration and a penetrating source by itself. this is often absolute to develop into the definitive scholarly source on African religions."
― Library magazine, Starred Review
"Overall, due to its singular concentration, reliability, and scope, this encyclopedia will end up useful the place there's enormous curiosity in Africa or in several spiritual traditions."
As the 1st entire paintings to gather principles, thoughts, discourses, and large essays during this very important quarter, the Encyclopedia of African faith explores such issues as deities and divinities, the character of humanity, the top of lifestyles, the conquest of worry, and the search for attainment of concord with nature and different people. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama comprise approximately 500 entries that search to rediscover the unique good looks and majesty of African faith.
· deals the simplest illustration up to now of the African reaction to the sacred
· is helping readers clutch the enormity of Africa's contribution to spiritual principles via proposing richly textured techniques of spirituality, ritual, and initiation whereas at the same time advancing new theological different types, cosmological narratives, and how you can conceptualize moral behavior
· presents readers with new metaphors, figures of speech, modes of reasoning, etymologies, analogies, and cosmogonies
· finds the complexity, texture, and rhythms of the African non secular culture to supply students with a baseline for destiny works
The Encyclopedia of African faith is meant for undergraduate and graduate scholars in fields reminiscent of faith, Africana reports, Sociology, and Philosophy.
Kitcher thoughtfully and sensitively considers how secularism can reply to the troubles and demanding situations that each one humans confront, together with the problem of mortality. He investigates how secular lives examine with these of people that undertake spiritual doctrines as literal fact, in addition to those that include much less literalistic models of faith. while spiritual trust has been vital during the past, Kitcher concludes that evolution clear of faith is now crucial. He envisions the successors to non secular lifestyles, the place the senses of id and group ordinarily fostered via faith will as a substitute draw on a broader variety of cultural items—those supplied by way of poets, filmmakers, musicians, artists, scientists, and others. With readability and deep perception, Kitcher finds the facility of secular humanism to inspire pleasurable human lives equipped on moral truth.
By Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer
Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology chief David Miscavige, was once raised as a Scientologist yet left the debatable faith in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she stocks her precise tale of lifestyles contained in the higher ranks of the sect, information her reviews as a member Sea Org—the church's maximum ministry, speaks of her "disconnection" from family members open air of the association, and tells the tale of her final escape.
In this tell-all memoir, whole with relatives pictures from her time within the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a fashionable critic of Scientology who now is helping others depart the association, bargains an insider's profile of the ideals, rituals, and secrets and techniques of the faith that has captured the fascination of hundreds of thousands, together with a few of Hollywood's brightest stars similar to Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
By Anne Rice
Anne Rice’s first paintings of nonfiction—a robust and haunting memoir that explores her carrying on with religious transformation.
Anne Rice used to be raised in New Orleans because the religious baby in a deeply spiritual Irish Catholic kin. the following, she describes how, as she grew up, she misplaced her trust in God, yet now not her wish for a significant life. She used her novels—beginning with Interview with a Vampire—to strive against with otherworldly issues whereas in her personal lifestyles, she skilled either loss (the demise of her daughter and, later, her cherished husband, Stan Rice) and joys (the delivery of her son, Christopher). and she or he writes approximately how, eventually, after years of wondering, she skilled the serious conversion and re-embracing of her religion that lie at the back of her most modern novels in regards to the lifetime of Christ.
By T.M. Luhrmann
A New York Times outstanding Book
A Kirkus Reviews most sensible publication of 2012
A daring method of realizing the yankee evangelical event from an anthropological and mental standpoint via one of many country's so much popular anthropologists.
Through a sequence of intimate, illuminating interviews with quite a few contributors of the winery, an evangelical church with hundreds of thousands of congregations around the nation, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the center of evangelical religion. mixed with medical examine that reviews the impact that intensely practiced prayer could have at the brain, When God Talks Back examines how general, good people—from students to accountants to housewives, all functioning completely good inside of our society—can attest to having the symptoms and wonders of the supernatural turn into as quotidian and as traditional as laundry. Astute, delicate, and terribly measured in its method of the interface among technology and faith, Luhrmann's publication is certain to generate as a lot dialog because it will praise.