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Musings Of A Human A Collection Of Thoughts By A Semi Evolved Homo Sapien

Author : Derek Levandowski
ISBN : 9781365335778
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As humans, we are condemned to short lives with our tiny brains, and by the time we start to figure out how to live, we die. Musings of a Human tackles pressing questions such as "Are we alone in the universe?" and "What should we make of artificial intelligence?" from the perspective of an average human. Part philosophy, part science, and part humor, this book is a light read for anyone who enjoys learning, thinking, and laughing.

A Marvelous Miscellany Of Musings And Evolutionary Understandings

Author : Tiffany Twain
ISBN : 9781329759381
Genre : History
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These reflections in Book Ten of the Earth Manifesto contain a series of introspections into the nature of the financial crisis as it unfolded in 2008, along with Evolutionary Understandings during the early years of the 21st century.

Talking To The Shaman Within

Author : Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
ISBN : 9781491731512
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Everything about hunting leads inexorably to death; the challenge for all hunters is how to justify the kill. But the hunter’s emotional response to the kill is immensely complex. Hunters respect—and even love—the animals they kill. Talking to the Shaman Within: Musings on Hunting addresses this paradox head-on, dissecting the emotional and psychological response of the hunter to his quarry and, more broadly, his surroundings. The climax of the chase brings the hunter closer to realizing the “nature intelligence” that modern civilization has suppressed. Through his investigation of the “instinct” that lies beneath the urge to hunt, author Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries reveals something basic and fundamental about human behavior. The hunting instinct is hardwired into the human psyche, and, for all our sophistication and urbanization, it exerts a powerful influence over the way we conduct our lives even to this day. Talking to the Shaman Within draws on depictions of hunting in art and literature throughout the ages exploring changing trends in human social norms with frequent reference to literature, art, film, television, and music. It unites a dispassionate academic hypothesis with an engaging and colourful narrative into which Kets de Vries weaves stories from his own life—as both an academic and a hunter.

The Right To Life And Conflicting Interests

Author : Elizabeth Wicks
ISBN : 9780199547395
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The right to life is a core human right which has not yet received the detailed legal analysis that it requires. This book provides detailed, critical analysis of the controversial human right to life and, in particular, assesses the weight of conflicting interests which could and/or should serve to override the right. This contemporary study of the right to life focuses on the legal, as well as ethical, issues raised by the value of life in modern day society. It seeks to analyze the development, meaning and value of the fundamental human right to life in the context of its conflicts with other competing interests. The book begins with an overview of the right to life in which the concept of life itself is first analyzed, before both the right and its legal protection and enforcement are subjected to historical, philosophical and comparative analysis. The remainder of the book identifies, and assesses the merits of, various competing interests. These comprise armed conflict; prevention of crime; rights of others; autonomy; quality of life; and finite resources. The right to life is unusual in having potential application to so many of today's ethically controversial questions. This new work investigates specific topics of current political, legal and ethical concern such as the right to life during international conflicts, the role of lethal force in law enforcement, the death penalty, the right to life of a foetus in the context of legalized abortion, and the significance of quality of life and autonomy issues in respect of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The Cambridge Review

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Vols. 1-26 include a supplement: The University pulpit, vols. [1]-26, no. 1-661, which has separate pagination but is indexed in the main vol.

The Illustrated Weekly Of India

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ISBN : UOM:39015078443580
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Is The Universe An App

Author : David Christopher Lane
ISBN : 1565436873
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This book is the first in a new series devoted to exploring the latest developments in neuroscience, quantum theory, and evolutionary biology. Most of the essays here were first published in Europe on Frank Visser's Integral World. Our major interest is in understanding how consciousness evolved as a virtual simulator and why it is so important to human cognition and advancement. While there have been some remarkable developments in evolutionary psychology, a field previously known more controversially as sociobiology, there hasn't been the same attention given to philosophy. Historically, this may be due to the fact that Herbert Spencer, an early champion of fusing philosophy and evolution and a quite popular advocate of such during his lifetime, became something of anathema during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century because of some of his more controversial views, particularly Social Darwinism. As the entry on him in Wikipedia notes: "Posterity has not been kind to Spencer. Soon after his death his philosophical reputation went into a sharp and irrevocable decline. Half a century after his death his work was dismissed as a 'parody of philosophy' and the historian Richard Hofstadter called him the 'the metaphysician of the homemade intellectual and the prophet of the cracker-barrel agnostic.'" Combining philosophy with evolution can be fraught with peculiar dangers, not the least of which is a tendency towards what Dennett has called "cheap reductionism," explaining away complex phenomena instead of properly understanding it. Nevertheless, it is even more troublesome to ignore Darwinian evolution because it illuminates so many hitherto intractable problems ranging from medicine to ethics. The new field of evolutionary philosophy, unlike its aborted predecessors of the past, is primarily concerned with understanding why Homo sapiens are philosophical in the first place. It is not focused on advocating some specific future reform, but rather in uncovering why humans are predisposed to ask so many questions which, at least at the present stage, cannot be answered. In other words, if evolution is about living long enough to transmit one's genetic code, how does philosophy help in our global struggle for existence? To answer that question and others branched with it, one has to deal with the most complex physical structure in the universe-the human brain. Because it is from this wonder tissue, what Patricia Churchland has aptly called "three pounds of glorious meat," that all of human thought, including our deep and ponderous musings, is built upon. Take away the human brain and you take away all of philosophy. Therefore, if we are to understand why philosophy arose in the first place, we have to begin with delving into the mystery on why consciousness itself arose. And to answer that question we first have to come to grips with Darwin's major contribution to evolutionary theory-natural selection. Why would nature select for awareness, especially the kind of self-conscious awareness endemic to human beings, when survival for almost all species is predicated upon unconscious instincts? What kind of advantages does self-reflective consciousness confer that would allow it to emerge and develop over time?

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