Measure Yourself Against the Earth

Measure Yourself Against the Earth Author Mark Kingwell
ISBN-10 9781771960472
Year 2015-10-26
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Biblioasis

Mark Kingwell is as at home discussing Battlestar Galactica as he is civility, can find the Plato in popular culture, and sees in idleness a deeply revolutionary gesture. In Measure Yourself Against the Earth, he brings his heady mixture of critical intelligence and infectious enthusiasm to bear on film, aesthetics, politics, leisure, literature and much more, showing us how each can help us to imagine and achieve the society we want. The concept of "the gift" unites many of these essays: it is in this idea, Kingwell argues persuasively, in which we may be able to refashion the real world of democracy. "An activist, fugitive democracy. A living democracy that is no opaque demand but a real thing—a society. Democracy: the gift we keep on giving each other." Smart, engaged, and wide ranging, Mark Kingwell's Measure Yourself Against the Earth confirms its author as among our leading cultural theorists and philosophers.

Borges the Unacknowledged Medievalist

Borges the Unacknowledged Medievalist Author M. Toswell
ISBN-10 9781137444479
Year 2014-11-07
Pages 109
Language en
Publisher Springer

The Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was many things during his life, but what has gone largely unnoticed is that he was a medievalist, and his interest in Germanic medievalism was pervasive throughout his work. This study will consider the medieval elements in Borges creative work and shed new light on his poetry.


Redshift Author Stuart G. Clark
ISBN-10 0900458666
Year 1997-04-28
Pages 197
Language en
Publisher University Of Hertfordshire Press

The light emitted by celestial objects can have its wavelength "stretched" in different ways before it is observed by astronomers. These stretching phenomena are collectively called "redshift". They influence virtually all aspects of astronomy and even underpin the "Big Bang" theory of the creation of the universe. This book details the types of redshift and explains their myriad of uses. It begins by introducing the nature of light and the problems involved in measuring its properties. After explaining the redshift phenomena and their uses, the book touches on the age and size of the universe; two subjects embroiled in controversy because of our current interpretation of the redshift. Less conventional theories are then expressed. As a by-product of the explanation of redshift, the book offers the reader a basic understanding of Einstein's theory of relativity. Mathematical treatments of the concepts introduced in the text are boxed off and should not detract from the book's readibility, but allow it to be used as a textbook by students of astronomy at all levels. It is also suitable for astronomers and astrophysicists, amateur astronomers, and any science enthusiast.

Travels with Tooy

Travels with Tooy Author Richard Price
ISBN-10 9780226680576
Year 2010-02-15
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press

Thirty-five years into his research among the descendants of rebel slaves living in the South American rain forest, anthropologist Richard Price encountered Tooy, a priest, philosopher, and healer living in a rough shantytown on the outskirts of Cayenne, French Guiana. Tooy is a time traveler who crosses boundaries between centuries, continents, the worlds of the living and the dead, and the visible and invisible. With an innovative blend of storytelling and scholarship, Travels with Tooy recounts the mutually enlightening and mind-expanding journeys of these two intellectuals. Included on the itinerary for this hallucinatory expedition: forays into the eighteenth century to talk with slaves newly arrived from Africa; leaps into the midst of battles against colonial armies; close encounters with double agents and femme fatale forest spirits; and trips underwater to speak to the comely sea gods who control the world’s money supply. This enchanting book draws on Price’s long-term ethnographic and archival research, but above all on Tooy’s teachings, songs, stories, and secret languages to explore how Africans in the Americas have created marvelous new worlds of the imagination.

Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth

Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth Author Andrew Simms
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105131715729
Year 2008
Pages 277
Language en

Climate change is currently presented by campaign groups and scientists as an impossibly daunting threat. On the face of it, it would seem we must make impossible sacrifices if we want to do our bit for the environment and lead more sustainable, less damaging lives. This book shows that isn't the case at all. It brings together household names who share a conviction that, on the contrary, living well needn't cost the earth - and will tell you why and how. Their collective vision, covering areas from architecture and politics to food and happiness, will completely reframe the way you think about climate change and what you're willing to do about it. Far from the usual doom and gloom, many here argue that climate change presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to address a whole basket of problems with energy and imagination. If we get things right, instead of an environmental apocalypse we could end up in a win-win situation - with both more satisfying lives and robust answers to these pressing, seemingly unsurmountable, problems. Contributions include: Phillip Pullman, A C Grayling, Oliver James and John Bird on love, happiness and telling tales Kevin McCloud, Nic Marks, Stephen Bayley and Wayne Hemingway on good design. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Colin Tudge and Rosie Boycott on good and sustainable food. David Cameron and Caroline Lucas on the politics of the good life. Tom Hodgkinson, David Boyle and David Goldblatt on having a good time. Anita Roddick, Adair Turner, Ann Pettifor and Larry Elliott on good business and work.

Taking the Measure of Christianity

Taking the Measure of Christianity Author George McCullough
ISBN-10 9781450090537
Year 2010-04-27
Pages 169
Language en
Publisher Xlibris Corporation

Why write this book In the 2000 years that Christianity has had the privilege of having met Jesus and has been given His written word, what have they done with it? Within the boundaries of Christianity, Having been given the “Unity of Spirit” have they been able to transform it into the “Unity of Faith?” Also understanding what Christianity is will hopefully move people closer to a more correct relationship with our Creator. Who should it reach? It is my intent and hopes to mainly reach all Christians who are limited in their understanding of why Christianity is the right way to go and how it’s intended to work. I would also hope that it would entice the inquisitive to take a good look at the value of the Christian faith. Why is this book different? Just about every topic under the sun relevant to our Christian faith has been written about, talked about, taught about and sung about. Even with all of the theological dissertations from early church fathers to today’s creeds and denominational doctrines I have not found a book that simply tells what Christianity is meant to be, the responsibility we have as Christians and the impact our inability to unite in the faith has on the world. Too many of today’s Christians do not have a working knowledge of their religion to the same degree that Islam or Judaism followers do. Maybe this book will help.

Fail Better

Fail Better Author Mark Kingwell
ISBN-10 1771961538
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 304
Language en

A smart, accessible look into the philosophy of baseball, with a focus on its lessons for a life best lived.


Wanderlust Author Rebecca Solnit
ISBN-10 9781783780754
Year 2014-05-01
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Granta Books

What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In this first general history of walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories to create a range of possibilities for this most basic act. Arguing that walking as history means walking for pleasure and for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit homes in on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from the peripatetic philosophers of ancient Greece to the poets of the Romantic Age, from the perambulations of the Surrealists to the ascents of mountaineers. With profiles of some of the most significant walkers in history and fiction - from Wordsworth to Gary Snyder, from Rousseau to Argentina's Mother of the Plaza de Mayo, from Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet to Andre Breton's Nadja - Wanderlust offers a provocative and profound examination of the interplay between the body, the imagination, and the world around the walker.