Human Purpose and Transhuman Potential: A Cosmic Vision of Our Future Evolution

By Ted Chu

For millennia, nice thinkers have reflected the which means and objective of human life; yet whereas such a lot assumed that humanity was once the top aspect of production or the top of evolution, Ted Chu makes the provocative declare that the human race may possibly in reality be a way instead of an end--that humankind will supply upward push to evolutionary successors. during this wide-ranging and authoritative paintings, Chu reexamines the query of human objective in mild of the extreme advancements of technological know-how and know-how. Arguing deep realizing of our position within the universe is needed to navigate the significance of the alternatives that lie forward, he surveys human knowledge from either East and West, lines the evolutionary trajectory that has resulted in this element, and explores the potentials rising at the medical frontier. The e-book addresses the valid fears and matters of "playing God" yet embraces the potential of transcending organic varieties and turning into or developing solely new life-forms.

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The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

By Hugh Brody

Hugh Brody crystallizes 3 many years of learning, studying from, crusading for, and brooding about hunter-gatherers during this profound and provocative e-book. opposite to stereotype, he says, it's the farmers and their colonizing descendants―ourselves―who are the genuine nomads, doomed to the geographical and religious restlessness embodied within the tale of Genesis. in contrast, the hunters have a deep attachment to where and methods in their ancestors that stems from an enviable experience, distinctively expressed in concept, notice, and act, of being a part of the cloth of the traditional and non secular worlds.

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Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction (California Series in Public Anthropology)

By Paul Farmer

Bringing jointly the adventure, point of view and services of Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Arthur Kleinman, Reimagining international Health presents an unique, compelling advent to the sector of world well-being. Drawn from a Harvard direction constructed by way of their pupil Matthew Basilico, this paintings presents an available and fascinating framework for the research of worldwide health and wellbeing. Insisting on an strategy that's traditionally deep and geographically extensive, the authors underline the significance of a transdisciplinary method, and supply a hugely readable distillation of numerous historic and ethnographic views of up to date international healthiness problems.

The case reviews awarded all through Reimagining worldwide Health collect ethnographic, theoretical, and old views right into a fully new and interesting research of world healthiness. The interdisciplinary strategy defined during this textual content should still end up invaluable not just in colleges of public well-being, nursing, and medication, but additionally in undergraduate and graduate sessions in anthropology, sociology, political economic system, and historical past, between others.

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High Frontiers

Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan enclave in a single of Nepal's so much distant areas. The Dolpo-pa, or humans of Dolpo, percentage language, non secular and cultural practices, background, and a life-style. Agro-pastoralists who dwell in a number of the maximum villages on the earth, the Dolpo-pa wrest survival from this inhospitable panorama via an artistic blend of farming, animal husbandry, and alternate.

High Frontiers is an ethnography and ecological historical past of Dolpo tracing the dramatic modifications within the region's socioeconomic styles. as soon as those investors handed freely among Tibet and Nepal with their caravans of yak to replace salt and grains; they depended on iciness pastures in Tibet to take care of their herds. After 1959, China assumed complete regulate over Tibet and the border used to be closed, limiting farm animals migrations and sharply curbing alternate. whilst, expanding offers of Indian salt diminished the worth of Tibetan salt, undermining Dolpo's fiscal area of interest. Dolpo's agro-pastoralists have been pressured to reinvent their lives via altering their migration styles, adopting new financial partnerships, and adapting to exterior brokers of switch. The sector has been reworked due to the construction of Nepal's greatest nationwide park, the making of Himalaya, an immense movie filmed on position, the expanding presence of nongovernmental enterprises, and a booming alternate in medicinal items. High Frontiers examines those adjustments on the neighborhood point and speculates at the way forward for pastoralism during this sector and around the Himalayas.

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A Gentle Guide to Research Methods

By Gordon Rugg

Get the main from your research

Well-known examine tools authors Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre supply these at the details hunt powerful how you can get the main out in their learn via a scientific review that comes with study layout, info assortment tools, facts, and educational writing.

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The Anthropology of Art: A Reader

This anthology presents a single-volume evaluate of the fundamental theoretical debates within the anthropology of paintings. Drawing jointly major paintings within the box from the second one half the 20th century, it allows readers to understand the paintings of other cultures at assorted instances.

  • Advances a cross-cultural notion of paintings that strikes past conventional differences among Western and non-Western art.
  • Provides the root for the appreciation of artwork of other cultures and times.
  • Enhances readers’ appreciation of the aesthetics of paintings and of the real function it performs in human society.

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

By Anne Fadiman

The Spirit Catches You and also you give way explores the conflict among a small county health center in California and a refugee kin from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong baby clinically determined with critical epilepsy. Lia's mom and dad and her medical professionals either sought after what used to be most sensible for Lia, however the lack of awareness among them resulted in tragedy. Winner of the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the l. a. occasions booklet Prize for present curiosity, and the Salon publication Award, Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural deadlock is literary journalism at its best. the present variation, released for the book's 15th anniversary, contains a new afterword through the writer that offers updates at the significant characters in addition to reflections on how they've got replaced Fadiman's existence and attitudes.

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Corruption: Anthropological Perspectives (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

By Dieter Haller

Corruption in politics and enterprise is, after struggle, might be the best risk to democracy. educational reports of corruption are inclined to come from the sector of diplomacy, analysing platforms of formal ideas and associations. This ebook deals a noticeably diversified standpoint -- it exhibits how anthropology can throw mild on features of corruption that stay unexamined in diplomacy. The individuals display how corruption operates via casual ideas, own connections and the broader social contexts that govern daily practices. They argue that styles of corruption are a part of the cloth of lifestyle -- anywhere we are living -- and hence they can be endemic in our key associations. The booklet examines corruption throughout quite a number various contexts from transitional societies similar to post-Soviet Russia and Romania, to efforts to reform or keep an eye on associations which are looked as if it would be in all probability corrupt, corresponding to the eu fee. The publication additionally covers the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the mafia in Sicily and the united states, and the area of anti-corruption as represented via NGOs like Transparency overseas.

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

By Jared Diamond

The bestselling writer of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the historical past of human societies to respond to the query: What do we study from conventional societies which could make the area a greater position for all of us?

Most people take with no consideration the positive factors of our glossy society, from air trip and telecommunications to literacy and weight problems. but for almost all of its six million years of life, human society had none of this stuff. whereas the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors could seem unbridgeably vast, we will be able to glimpse a lot of our former way of life in these principally conventional societies nonetheless or lately in lifestyles. Societies like these of the recent Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was once in basic terms yesterday—in evolutionary time—when every little thing replaced and that we moderns nonetheless own our bodies and social practices frequently higher tailored to conventional than to fashionable conditions.The international till Yesterday presents a enchanting firsthand photo of the human prior because it have been for thousands of years—a earlier that has often vanished—and considers what the diversities among that earlier and our current suggest for our lives today.

This is Jared Diamond’s such a lot own booklet up to now, as he attracts widely from his a long time of box paintings within the Pacific islands, in addition to proof from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San humans, and others. Diamond doesn’t romanticize conventional societies—after all, we're stunned by way of a few of their practices—but he reveals that their strategies to common human difficulties equivalent to baby rearing, elder care, dispute solution, probability, and actual health have a lot to coach us. Provocative, enlightening, and enjoyable, The international till Yesterday is a vital and interesting read.

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