The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently and Why [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:48
2011 | EPUB | 2.44MB
Everyone knows that while different cultures may think about the world differently, they use the same equipment for doing their thinking. Everyone knows that whatever the skin color, nationality, or religion, every human being uses the same tools for perception, for memory, and for reasoning. Everyone knows that a logically true statement is true in English, German, or Hindi. Everyone knows that when a Chinese and an American look at the same painting, they see the same painting.
But what if everyone is wrong?
When psychologist Richard E. Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observations about the background environment -- and the different "seeings" are a clue to profound underlying cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. For, as Professor Nisbett shows in The Geography of Thought, people actually think about -- and even see -- the world differently because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China and that have survived into the modern world. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic" -- drawn to the perceptual field as a whole and to relations among objects and events within that field. By comparison to Western modes of reasoning, East Asian thought relies far less on categories or on formal logic; it is fundamentally dialectic, seeking a "middle way" between opposing thoughts. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to catergories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behavior.
The Geography of Thought documents Professor Nisbett's groundbreaking international research in cultural psychology, a series of comparative studies both persuasive in their rigor and startling in their conclusions, addressing questions such as:
- Why did the ancient Chinese excel at algebra and arithmetic, but not geometry, the brilliant achievement of such Greeks as Euclid?
- Why do East Asians find it so difficult to disentangle an object from its surroundings?
- Why do Western infants learn nouns more rapidly than verbs, when it is the other way around in East Asia?
- What are the implications of these cognitive differences for the future of international politics? Do they support a Fukuyamaesque "end of history" scenario or a Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations"?
From feng shui to metaphysics, from comparative linguistics to economic history, a gulf separates the children of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius. At a moment in history when the need for cross-cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important, The Geography of Thought offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that might be able to span it.
The Infinite Gift: How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:46
2006 | EPUB | 0.97MB
A child's very first word is a miraculous sound, the opening note in a lifelong symphony. Most parents never forget the moment. But that first word is soon followed by a second and a third, and by the age of three, children are typically learning ten new words every day and speaking in complete sentences. The process seems effortless, and for children, it is. But how exactly does it happen? How do children learn language? And why is it so much harder to do later in life? Drawing on cutting-edge developments in biology, neurology, psychology, and linguistics, Charles Yang's "The Infinite Gift" takes us inside the astonishingly complex but largely subconscious process by which children learn to talk and to understand the spoken word.
Yang illuminates the rich mysteries of language: why French newborns already prefer the sound of French to English; why baby-talk, though often unintelligible, makes perfect linguistic sense; why babies born deaf still babble – but with their hands; why the grammars of some languages may be evolutionarily stronger than others; and why one of the brain's earliest achievements may in fact be its most complex.
Yang also puts forth an exciting new theory. Building on Noam Chomsky's notion of a universal grammar – the idea that every human being is born with an intuitive grasp of grammar – Yang argues that we learn our native languages in part by unlearning the grammars of all the rest.
This means that the next time you hear a child make a grammatical mistake, it may not be a mistake at all; his or her grammar may be perfectly correct in Chinese or Navajo or ancient Greek. This is the brain's way of testing its options as it searches for the local and thus correct grammar – and then discards all the wrong ones.
And we humans, Yang shows, are not the only creatures who learn this way. In fact, learning by unlearning may be an ancient evolutionary mechanism that runs throughout the animal kingdom. Thus, babies learn to talk in much the same way that birds learn to sing.
Enlivened by Yang's experiences with his own young son, "The Infinite Gift" is as charming as it is challenging, as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking. An absorbing read for parents, educators, and anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of that uniquely human gift: our ability to speak and, just as miraculous, to understand one another.
Improve English by Movies [Video]
11 February 2016, 21:42
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 3.5 hours | 655.68MB
Improve your English listening and speaking experience by watching and listening movies
Let’s go back to our childhood and think about primary school for a moment.
I am talking about the time when we were six or seven years old.
The question here is,
What was the first thing they taught us at primary school? First thing they taught us was Writing and Reading, right?
Why it wasn’t Listening and Speaking? Of course, listening and speaking were the core abilities that we were accepted to a primary school.
And we all know that none of us teach our children how to pronounce vowels, consonants and words like the lessons we get in a language learning school?
But how did we learn to speak and to understand what we hear when we were a child?
In my opinion, one of the reason is that we hear words many times.
When we hear the sound of a word many times, we will have enough sound information in our memory and then our brain will send the right command to our speaking organs how to produce that sound. Make sense?
Did you think about this, sometimes we pronounce a word wrong and somebody else tells us the correct spelling, maybe we can’t pronounce that word correctly after hearing it once, but in most cases we will be able to pronounce that word correctly after 3-5 times we hear that word, and we are doing this just by hearing.
Sometimes we feel the need of a little bit of time, just after the full pronunciation of a word, to clearly identify that word. Why this happens is that, our brain trying to match the sound we heard with an existing sound information in our memory. But we did not put that sound information in our memory. In most cases we will be expecting the pronunciation of a word, just like we saw that word on a paper.
In this course we are going to use some digital tools to improve our listening experience and as a result of listening we are also going to improve our speaking skills.
We are going to use movies. If you feel that listening a movie is an advanced stuff for you, you can use video files or audio files at your level.
What are the requirements?
- If you want to watch and listen movie content, I think you need to have at least pre-intermedia level. But, this is not a rule or standard.
- You can apply this method to the audio files or video files at your level. For example, leveled books like Penguin Readers or Oxford Bookworms. Some of those leveled books include audio files.
- You need to have dictionaries and grammar books or you can use online dictionary and grammar website or simply Google search.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 27 lectures and 3.5 hours of content!
- Ability to understand what you hear by your ears
- Get to know the patterns of casual speaking
- Improved pronunciation as a result of listening
Instant Chinese: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:29
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 27.65/3.68MB
It's amazing how 100 key words and phrases provide instant communication!
Do you want to speak simple Mandarin Chinese but are too busy to study it? Are you visiting China for a short time and want a Mandarin phrase book to help you communicate in the Chinese language? If so, this Mandarin phrasebook is for you.
This new, expanded edition contains 15% more content, fun manga-style illustrations, and additional information on which destinations, personalities and trends are hot in China right now!
The idea of Instant Chinese is simple—learn 100 words and phrases and say 1,000 things. The trick is knowing which 100 words to learn, but the author Boye Lafayette De Mente has solved the problem, choosing only those words you'll hear again and again. Even with a vocabulary this small, you'll be surprised how quickly and fluently you too can communicate in Mandarin Chinese. Words are repeated in different combinations, building familiarity without effort. All phrases are given in both simplified Chinese characters and standard Hanoi Pinyin romanization. A brief guide to pronunciation allows the user to say the phrases correctly. An English–Chinese glossary makes looking up a word or phrase simple and quick. Here's a sample of what you'll be able to do with this chinese phasebook:
- Meet people.
- Go shopping.
- Ask directions.
- Ride the subway.
- Order food and drinks.
- And much more.
The Meaning of Science: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:26
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 1.79/3.85MB
Science has produced explanations for everything from the mechanisms of insect navigation to the formation of black holes and the workings of black markets. But how much can we trust science, and can we actually know the world through it? How does science work and how does it fail? And how can the work of scientists help—or hurt—everyday people? These are not questions that science can answer on its own. This is where philosophy of science comes in. Studying science without philosophy is, to quote Einstein, to be “like somebody who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest.” Cambridge philosopher Tim Lewens shows us the forest. He walks us through the theories of seminal philosophers of science Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn and considers what science is, how far it can and should reach, and how we can determine the nature of its truths and myths.
These philosophical issues have consequences that stretch far beyond the laboratory. For instance: What role should scientists have in policy discussions on environmental issues such as fracking? What are the biases at play in the search for a biological function of the female orgasm? If brain scans can be used to demonstrate that a decision was made several seconds before a person actually makes a conscious choice, what does that tell us about the possibility of free will?
By examining science through this philosophical lens, Lewens reveals what physics can teach us about reality, what biology teaches us about human nature, and what cognitive science teaches us about human freedom. A masterful analysis of the biggest scientific and ethical issues of our age, The Meaning of Science forces us to confront the practical, personal, and political purposes of science—and why it matters to all of us.
Chaos Imagined: Literature, Art, Science [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:25
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 25.79/48.99MB
The stories we tell in our attempt to make sense of the world―our myths and religion, literature and philosophy, science and art―are the comforting vehicles we use to transmit ideas of order. But beneath the quest for order lies the uneasy dread of fundamental disorder. True chaos is hard to imagine and even harder to represent. In this book, Martin Meisel considers the long effort to conjure, depict, and rationalize extreme disorder, with all the passion, excitement, and compromises the act provokes.
Meisel builds a rough history from major social, psychological, and cosmological turning points in the imagining of chaos. He uses examples from literature, philosophy, painting, graphic art, science, linguistics, music, and film, particularly exploring the remarkable shift in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from conceiving of chaos as disruptive to celebrating its liberating and energizing potential. Discussions of Sophocles, Plato, Lucretius, Calderon, Milton, Haydn, Blake, Faraday, Chekhov, Faulkner, Wells, and Beckett, among others, are matched with incisive readings of art by Brueghel, Rubens, Goya, Turner, Dix, Dada, and the futurists. Meisel addresses the revolution in mapping energy and entropy and the manifold effect of thermodynamics. He then uses this chaotic frame to elaborate on purpose, mortality, meaning, and mind.
The Man Without a Shadow [Audiobook]
11 February 2016, 21:24
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 33 mins | 384.29MB
In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes - the "man without a shadow" - whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of the next 30 years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E. H. - and inadvertently falls in love with him, despite the ethical ambiguity of their affair and though he remains forever elusive and mysterious to her, haunted by mysteries of the past.
The Man Without a Shadow tracks the intimate, illicit relationship between Margot and Eli as scientist and subject embark upon an exploration of the labyrinthine mysteries of the human brain. Where does "memory" reside? Where is "love"? Is it possible to love an individual who cannot love you, who cannot "remember" you from one meeting to the next?
Made vivid by her exceptional eye for detail and her keen insight into the human psyche, The Man Without A Shadow is a unique story of forbidden love, a kind of secret, evolving marriage, depicted in Joyce Carol Oates' tight, impassioned prose. It is an uncanny, ambitious, and structurally complex novel that penetrates the mind and illuminates the heart.
A Book of Tricksters: Tales from Many Lands [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:23
2011 | EPUB | 2.43MB
For centuries, people around the world have been telling stories about tricksters—characters who solve problems by using their wits to fool others. Sometimes, these tricksters want to help people. Other times, they use their cleverness for selfish reasons. Occasionally, they aren’t as clever as they think and are tricked themselves. Although trickster tales from different countries are similar in many ways, story details, problems to be solved and the personalities of characters reflect the beliefs and values of the culture from which they come. Not only are trickster stories entertaining, they also teach readers things about themselves. And they show how, through wit and inventiveness, unlikely or underappreciated characters often can succeed.
In A Book of Tricksters, Jon C. Stott has collected traditional trickster tales from 14 different countries, including “How Anansi Brought Stories to the People” (Ghana), “How Zhao Paid His Taxes” (China), “How Kancil Built a Crocodile Bridge” (Indonesia) and “How Maui Discovered the Secret of Fire” (Hawaii).
To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea's Most Intelligent Creatures [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:20
2001 | EPUB | 11.36MB
To Touch a Wild Dolphin is the first intimate account of dolphin life in the wild. In 1982 Rachel Smolker traveled to Monkey Mia, a remote beach on the west coast of Australia where wild dolphins regularly interact with humans. Over the next fifteen years, Smolker and a team of fellow scientists were able to explore the lives of dolphins as they had never been explored before: up close, in their natural environment, with a definite recognition of individual dolphin identities.
Smolker came to know the relationships, histories, and "personalities" of the dolphins. In To Touch a Wild Dolphin she offers delightful portraits of dolphins she became close to, ranging from the playful and incredibly silly to the slightly crazy, moody, and unpredictable. This develops into an examination of dolphin society and the diversity of characters that inhabit it. And ultimately from the intriguing, sometimes violent differences between the sexes to the nature of mother-infant relationships, to the wide repertoire of sounds used for social communication Smolker is able to reveal the inner workings of dolphin life with unprecedented clarity.
Smolker was initially attracted to dolphins for the reasons that attract so many people to them: an elusive sense of their intelligence and their social and emotional complexity, a sense that despite the fact that we live in such entirely different worlds, dolphins are somehow like us. Now, after years of fascinating, inspiring, sometimes troubling, and occasionally heartbreaking experiences with the dolphins of Monkey Mia, Smolker is able to unravel many of the mysteries surrounding these beloved animals.
To Touch a Wild Dolphin is a personal book in many ways, at the level of the dolphins and also at the level of the scientist. It is an important book, one that greatly enhances our understanding of dolphins and of ourselves, and as such it will take its place alongside such classics as Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf and Jane Goodall's In the Shadow of Man.
Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:18
2002 | EPUB | 5.18MB
For the past twenty-five years, Alexandra Morton has been at the forefront of whale and dolphin research, dedicating her life to the study of orcas (also known as killer whales). Now in Listening to Whales, Morton shares the spellbinding story of her career, her adventures in the wilderness, the heartbreak she has endured, and the rewards of living her life on her own terms.
Born into an artistic family in Connecticut, Morton experienced a seismic jolt when at age twelve she first read the work of primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and knew she wanted to study wild animals. Soon afterward, listening for the first time to orcas communicating with each other, she knew she had found her life work. In the late 1970s, while working at California’s Marineland, Alexandra pioneered the recording of whale sounds by dropping a hydrophone into the tank of two killer whales. She recorded the varied language of mating, childbirth, and even grief after the birth of a stillborn calf. At the same time she made the startling observation that the whales were inventing and perfecting wonderful synchronized movements, a behavior that was soon recognized as a defining characteristic of orca society.
In 1978, Alexandra moved with her husband, photographer Robin Morton, to a remote bay in British Columbia to continue her research with wild orcas. For a few idyllic years, Alexandra and Robin shared their passion for whales, cruising the green northern waters and raising a baby boy. But tragedy struck when Robin died in a terrible accident. Only the love of her son and her abiding dedication to whale research gave Alexandra the strength to continue her groundbreaking work. Her recordings of the whales that swim by her house have led her to a deeper understanding of the mystery of whale echolocation, the vocal communication that enables the mammals to find their way in the dark sea. She continues to be among the renowned researchers attempting to break down the barriers of interspecies communication.
At once an inspiring story of a woman’s determination to live her life on her own terms and a fascinating study of the profound communion between humans and whales, this book will open your eyes anew to the wonders of the natural world.
Never Cry Wolf [Audiobook]
11 February 2016, 21:16
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 51 mins | 137.12
More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone - studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) - is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.
The Watercolor Course You've Always Wanted [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:14
2015 | EPUB | 140.08MB
A comprehensive and practical guide to watercolor painting from sought-after instructor and acclaimed artist Leslie Frontz that answers the two most common questions students at all levels want to know: What am I doing wrong? and How do I decide what to do instead?
In the tradition of the eminently practical, top-selling guides such as How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself, The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted, and Problem Solving for Oil Painters, this straightforward handbook offers a fresh approach to watercolor mastery that bridges the gap between theory and practice. Through thoughtful discussion, expert instruction, and in-depth step-by-step demonstrations, Leslie Frontz shows readers how to eliminate common barriers to achieve beautiful, captivating watercolor paintings. Beginning with teaching readers how to see with an artist's eye, Frontz then establishes how watercolor painters build on this skill by making timely decisions throughout the creation process.
Freud: A Life for Our Time [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:13
1998 | EPUB | 15.28MB
Norton celebrates the 150th anniversary of Freud’s birth by reissuing Peter Gay’s best-selling biography, featuring a new introduction.
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:12
2009 | EPUB | 2.62MB
In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire’s existence. Indeed, so did its neighbors, allies, and enemies: When the Turkish Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453, he took the title Caesar of Rome, placing himself in a direct line that led back to Augustus.
For far too many otherwise historically savvy people today, the story of the Byzantine civilization is something of a void. Yet for more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization. When Europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive. When literacy all but vanished in the West, Byzantium made primary education available to both sexes. Students debated the merits of Plato and Aristotle and commonly committed the entirety of Homer’s Iliad to memory. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture, from fabulous jeweled mosaics and other iconography to the great church known as the Hagia Sophia that was a vision of heaven on earth. The dome of the Great Palace stood nearly two hundred feet high and stretched over four acres, and the city’s population was more than twenty times that of London’s.
From Constantine, who founded his eponymous city in the year 330, to Constantine XI, who valiantly fought the empire’s final battle more than a thousand years later, the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history. Lost to the West is replete with stories of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless grasping for power, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands.
Still, it was Byzantium that preserved for us today the great gifts of the classical world. Of the 55,000 ancient Greek texts in existence today, some 40,000 were transmitted to us by Byzantine scribes. And it was the Byzantine Empire that shielded Western Europe from invasion until it was ready to take its own place at the center of the world stage. Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, and religious patriarchs, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to this empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.
Byzantium and The Crusades, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:10
2014 | EPUB | 10.43MB
This new edition of Byzantium and the Crusades provides a fully-revised and updated version of Jonathan Harris's landmark text in the field of Byzantine and crusader history.
The book offers a chronological exploration of Byzantium and the outlook of its rulers during the time of the Crusades. It argues that one of the main keys to Byzantine interaction with Western Europe, the Crusades and the crusader states can be found in the nature of the Byzantine Empire and the ideology which underpinned it, rather than in any generalised hostility between the peoples.
Taking recent scholarship into account, this new edition includes an updated notes section and bibliography, as well as significant new additions to the text:
- New material on the role of religious differences after 1100
- A detailed discussion of economic, social and religious changes that took place in 12th-century Byzantine relations with the west
- In-depth coverage of Byzantium and the Crusades during the 13th century
- New maps, illustrations, genealogical tables and a timeline of key date
Byzantium and the Crusades is an important contribution to the historiography by a major scholar in the field that should be read by anyone interested in Byzantine and crusader history.
D-Day Illustrated Edition: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 21:08
2014 | EPUB | 186.47MB
Now illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 125 photos, Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, June 6, 1944, the day that changed the course of history.
D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.
Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.
The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight, June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, the book moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose’s D-Day is the most honored account of one of our history’s most important days.
How to Take Charge of Your Life: The User's Guide to NLP [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 19:02
2014 | EPUB | 0.27MB
Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP and the man who taught and trained Paul McKenna, joins forces with Alessio Roberti and Owen Fitzpatrick once again to give you the tools to change your life.
Richard Bandler – the world-renowned co-creator of NLP who has helped millions around the world change their lives for the better – has teamed up once again with Italian NLP Master Trainer Alessio and co-founder of the Irish Institute of NLP Owen, to offer a simple yet engaging introduction to the groundbreaking ideas of NLP.
Written in the form of a fable, How To Take Charge Of Your Life is the prequel to The Ultimate Introduction to NLP. Once again Bandler invites readers into his workshops and illustrates the theories and techniques he has spent years developing.
Based around a three-day introductory course, this book will give you the tools you need to start making an effective change today. From explaining the importance of self-belief and how to change beliefs, to how to control your emotions and negative thinking, and how to create the life you want.
This is an easy-to-read and inspiring account that readers can turn to time and again.
The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 19:01
2015 | EPUB | 7.92MB
Turn your yoga routine on its head!
Designed to take you from a beginner to an advanced yoga student, this helpful guide will help you to progress from downward dog to even the more intricate of handstand poses.
Improve focus and ability as you tone your upper body and core. The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions is the ultimate collection of the most common arm balance poses and yoga inversions that are found in a variety of styles of yoga including ashtanga, bikram, power, hatha and more.
Challenge yourself with XX arm balances and yoga poses with detailed step-by-step instructions from fitness and yoga instructor Jennifer DeCurtins. Each pose includes a helpful photo along with modifications and progressions. Learn to do pivotal, foundational poses such headstand, handstand and crow.
The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions is the perfect guide to improve your ability.
For the Love of Food and Yoga: A Celebration of Mindful Eating and Being [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 19:00
2015 | EPUB | 49.55MB
Written by a yoga student and teacher, For The Love Of Food And Yoga: A Celebration Of Mindful Eating And Being is a visually rich exploration of how the inner awareness we develop on our yoga mats fuels our bodies, minds and overall states of well-being, which subsequently impacts our lifestyles and food experiences. This book is comprised of 100 “YogiBites”—a collection of time-tested yoga teachings—paired with 100 original, soul-satiating recipes that are vegetarian, vegan, or raw. A handful of the playful and thoughtful recipes that will encourage us to eat, feel and live well include:
- So Hum…Mus,
- Conscious Chicks
- Hatha Hot and Sour Soup
- Reuben Revelation
- Warrior Noodle
- Bird of Paradise Pina Colada
- Buddha Brussels
- Twisted Tacos
- Delightfully Silly Snow Cones
The book's forward is written by David Swenson, recognized today as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.
Yoga Journal Presents: Your Guide to Reflexology [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 18:58
2016 | EPUB | 2.67MB
Discover the healing art of reflexology!
The healing art of reflexology uses specific thumb and finger techniques to teach the body to redirect and release the blocked energy that causes pain and illness. In Yoga Journal Presents: Your Guide to Reflexology, you'll find expert information on this therapeutic method of pressure-point massage to relieve pain, reduce stress, and heal a variety of ailments. This accessible and comprehensive guide teaches you how to:
- Locate the healing zones of the feet that correspond to specific organs, systems, and body parts
- Use thumb-walking, knuckle presses, clapping, and other techniques to balance energy flow
- Use reflexology to improve immunity, treat illnesses, and reduce pain
- Integrate reflexology into your daily routine for a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life
With this informative and inspiring guide, you'll be able to use the healing power of touch to bring relief and comfort to yourself and others, while restoring balance throughout the body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga Journal Presents: Your Guide to Reiki [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 18:56
2016 | EPUB | 2.62MB
Discover the healing art of Reiki!
The Japanese healing art of Reiki enhances balance and amplifies energy while reducing stress, promoting healing, and significantly improving your quality of life. In Yoga Journal Presents: Your Guide to Reiki, you'll find expert information on the popular hands-on holistic therapy that encourages relaxation and eases pain by transmitting energy between the practitioner and recipient. This accessible and comprehensive guide teaches you how to:
- Identify where energy enters and leaves the body and encourage the flow of this energy where it is needed
- Connect with the Universal Life Force through a Reiki attunement
- Establish your personal Reiki routine for self-treatment and healing others
- Balance energy flow throughout the body
- Participate in Reiki shares
- Create a Reiki-centered spiritual lifestyle
Whether you're new to Reiki or already a practitioner, this guide will help you deepen your practice and restore balance throughout the body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga Lessons from Abroad: Prague [Video]
11 February 2016, 18:52
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1 hour | 894.49MB
Explore tradition and concentration through movement and stillness.
My name is Hannah and I love combining, sharing, and teaching my passions of yoga, art, travel, and self-discovery.
I’ve seen the difference that teaching yoga and self-discovery is making in many of my students’ lives.
Do you ever take the time to reflect or concentrate on one object, idea, or sound?
In yoga, the pedal (or limb) of Dharana means concentration, the mind thinks about one object and avoids other thoughts.
There is power in being still, staying focused and even re-examining your intentions for each choice in every moment.
In Prague, there are many opportunities to focus on the beauty found in nature, architecture, sculptures, and paintings.
In this course we will notice symbolism and details throughout this exciting city.
We will explore these concepts more through:
- a written discussion about the topic
- a video explanation with key ideas to reflect on
- a yoga sequence video that includes a warm-up, key poses, vinyasa flow, cool down, and savasana.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate physical poses that will build strength, flexibility, and balance
- Move consciously with your breath
- Learn how to see and notice through concentration
- Thank you for your interest in my course and I look forward to hearing more about your path to Dharana by joining my yoga journey now.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 6 lectures and 1 hour of content!
- Practice balancing, strengthening, and stretching poses
- Focus on their breathing
- Connect aspects of Prague with their own lives
- Consider the concept of Dharana in their daily lives
- Decide to live more consciously with each moment
The 7 Keys To Extraordinary Health With The Alkaline Diet [Video]
11 February 2016, 18:45
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.5 hours | 591.67MB
A Proven & Simple Framework to Recapture A Lean Body, Razor Sharp Mind, Youthful Looks & Abundant Energy
Having great health and getting into your ideal dress size is not about a tireless hamster wheel of eating less and exercising more, it’s about 7 key lifestyle elements that work in harmony with your body’s acid-alkaline internal balance (and it’s much less hard work too).
Get Your Body Into Alkaline Balance & You’ll Be Nicely Surprised How Easy It Is To Achieve A Permanently Slender Body, More Energy & Noticeable Signs Of Great Health & Healing.
There are thousands of diets out there to confuse us but it’s only these 7 Keys to Extraordinary Health that are proven fundamentals to moving us away from degenerative disease and towards true vitality.
In this course we look specifically at these 7 Keys to Extraordinary Health:
- Sunlight & Deep Oxygenation
- Pure Hydration
- Sleep & Balancing Rest
- Living Alkaline Foods
- Eliminating Acidic Toxins
- Movement & Posture
- Positive Mindset & Emotions
The Alkaline diet is not new, it’s not rocket science but in this course, I’ve made it simple and accessible and in less than 2 hours you’ll be crystal clear on how to achieve extraordinary health and your ideal weight - no matter what your starting point and how distant that might seem right now.
ALKALINE DIET FACTS:
When we maintain proper alkaline balance, by eating more alkaline foods and reducing acidic foods, this increases the Oxygen in your body.
The Nobel Prize winning work of Dr Otto Warburg in 1931 showed that cells weaken, mutate, or die in the absence of Oxygen. Several years later, two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr Linus Pauling was the first to show that…
Cancer cells are unable grow in an Oxygen-rich, alkaline environment. Therefore, oxygenated cells promote good health and Oxygen-depleted cells promotes ill health and disease.
What you’ll learn:
By the time you’ve finished this course, you’ll have the tools to establish simple alkalising habits that you can incorporate within your normal daily routines.
You’ll know exactly what foods are alkaline and health-producing and what foods are acidic and more toxic, as well as household and beauty product chemicals to avoid.
You’ll also know how to have a much better quality night’s sleep, how to properly hydrate your body with pure water that’s not full of toxins and chemicals, best practices for exercise and choosing activities that work best for you and a powerful technique for getting into great mental and emotional wellbeing.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 14 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
- Understand the areas of life that affect our health and wellbeing and how to turn bad health and energy-sapping habits into good health and vitality-giving ones.
- Lose weight and keep it off for good, in a healthy sustainable way.
- Experience all-day energy and sleep like a baby.
- Get your body into good acid/alkaline balance for ease or even reversal of a chronic disease or niggling health issue, pain or depression.
- Learn the simple fundamentals to taking care of your body, mind and soul.
- Easily identify dangerous foods and beauty products and swap them for beneficial and safe ones.
Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition [TTC Video]
11 February 2016, 04:17
Course No. 4620 | M4V, AVC, 640x480 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | 11.91GB
Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. When most of us study philosophy, we're focusing only on the Western intellectual tradition brought about by people such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Nietzsche. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to only get half of the story.
Just as important, and just as valid a contribution to philosophy, is the Eastern intellectual tradition. Eastern philosophy is also the product of thousands of years of thought and was also built up by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Among these are
- the Buddha,
- Gandhi, and
Their ideas demonstrate fascinating, wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as
- the existence of God,
- the meaning of life,
- the nature of truth and reality,
- the organization of government and society,
- the significance of suffering, and
- the roots of a well-lived life.
To explore Eastern perspectives on these issues is to embark on an illuminating journey into the heart of grand, but often unfamiliar, civilizations. It's also a thought-provoking way to understand the surprising connections and differences between East and West, and to strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.
Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is an epic, comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers. In 36 lectures, award-winning Professor Grant Hardy of the University of North Carolina at Asheville introduces you to the men and women responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, including Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, Sufism, and Buddhism. By focusing on these key thinkers in their historical contexts, you'll witness the development of these rich traditions as they shaped and defined Eastern cultures through the rise and fall of empires, the friendly and hostile encounters with each other and with the Western world, and the rapid advancements of the modern age.
Eastern Philosophy Made Clear
When compared with the West, Eastern philosophical thought is much more inextricably linked with spiritual concepts and beliefs. To help you make sense of the unfamiliar nature of Eastern philosophy and its strong ties with spirituality, Professor Hardy has organized this course into four basic parts.
- Part One traces the origins of Eastern philosophy in the cosmological and theological views that arose in India and China beginning around 1200 B.C., including Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Daoism.
- Part Two explores the famous developers of legalism, Mahayana and Chinese Buddhism, yoga, and other intellectual schools that emerged during the age of early Eastern empires and built on the foundations of the past.
- Part Three focuses on the great thinkers who flourished starting in the early 12th century, many of whose schools of thought—including Sikhism, Vedanta Hinduism, and Neo-Confucianism—revolutionized cultural notions of society, aesthetics, and faith.
- Part Four delves into the modern era, when the convergence of East and West spurred the development of philosophical beliefs that became even more politicized and blended with independence movements and that reacted to ideologies such as Communism and capitalism.
In most lectures, Professor Hardy focuses on two key individuals, often taking a comparative approach to their lives, their views, and their legacies on various schools of thought. The result is a learning experience that makes a seemingly intimidating stretch of time and a diverse cast of characters approachable and understandable.
Throughout your chronological journey, you'll spend a majority of time among the three major countries that form the core of the Eastern intellectual tradition, exploring their unique philosophical themes and spiritual paths.
- India: The concepts of reincarnation, cosmic justice, and liberation; a focus on logical analysis and direct insight (often achieved through yoga or meditation); the union of religion and politics; and more.
- China: A constant appeal to the past in guiding the present; practical views that highlight harmony, balance, and social order; a keen appreciation of the cycles of nature; a form of politics that balances legal constraints with personal ethics; and more.
- Japan: The adaptation and transformation of Confucianism; a distinct philosophy of aesthetics; a focus on group identity and consensus; an openness to adaptation from the Western world; and more.
You'll also travel to places like Korea, Tibet, and Iran, exploring their own contributions to the East's grand philosophical dialogue.
Meet Familiar—and Unfamiliar—Geniuses
So who exactly are the greatest minds in Eastern philosophical thought?
While there are probably too many to count, Professor Hardy focuses on several dozen major figures who have had the greatest impact on Asian intellectual history, and whose influence has often extended beyond cultural borders.
"I am confident that the great minds who have been included in this course will give you a basic understanding of Asian intellectual history and a good foundation for further studies," he says.
Among the many sages, mystics, poets, revolutionaries, critics, novelists, politicians, and scientists you encounter in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition are some you may have heard of before but have never gotten an in-depth introduction to.
- Zarathustra: This ancient Persian priest was the father of Zoroastrianism, a belief system that spread throughout the near East and parts of the West. Zarathustra's greatest insight was that the universe is characterized by dualism, with good and evil locked in a cosmic conflict in which individuals must choose one side or the other.
- The Buddha: Born Siddhartha Gautama around 563 B.C., the Buddha achieved a profound state of enlightenment after meditating under a bodhi tree. Although he retained classical ideas from Hinduism, he sharply differed from it when he taught that nothing has a soul and that any grasping at permanence ends in suffering and failure.
- Confucius: A contemporary of the Buddha, Confucius is the most significant philosopher in Chinese history. He developed a program for lifelong moral growth that would influence the culture for more than a thousand years. Confucius saw the answer to the increased violence and lawlessness of his society as rooted in the social standards of sages, not revelation.
- Gandhi: Best known for the concept of satyagraha (nonviolent resistance), this Indian independence fighter changed his philosophical ideas over time in response to particular situations. His overarching goal, however, was a more humane way of life based on self-government, self-sufficiency, and a deep connection to one's community.
Many of the great minds in this course will undoubtedly be new to you, but despite their unfamiliarity, you'll learn that their lives and views held just as profound an influence on the course of Eastern philosophy and history. Four of the many figures you'll come face to face with are
- Ashoka, the Indian ruler and Buddhist convert whose role in the spread of Buddhism is similar to that of Emperor Constantine's in Christianity;
- Prince Shotoku, one of the most admired individuals in Japan and author of a 17-article constitution that, unlike the U.S. Constitution, was a list of moral injunctions on leadership;
- Patanjali, the Indian philosopher who developed yoga as a means not for stress reduction or flexibility but for people to escape life's suffering and achieve spiritual liberation; and
- Nanak, a contemporary of Martin Luther who became the first Sikh guru and taught that salvation comes when the soul, after cycles of reincarnation, is finally united with the One God.
A Powerful Gateway into Eastern Thought
Professor Hardy is renowned for his expertise on Eastern culture and his passionate teaching skills. The University of North Carolina at Asheville honored him with its distinguished Teacher Award for the Arts and Humanities Faculty, and named him to a prestigious Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship. Whether he's describing the tiniest evolutionary change in Japanese philosophical schools, unearthing the hidden pearls of wisdom in ancient Chinese koans and poems, or breaking down the complexities of the Hindu pantheon, Professor Hardy is an authoritative guide who will no doubt intrigue and enlighten you.
Often regarded as impenetrable, Eastern philosophy is surprisingly more accessible (and sometimes more familiar) than you may have imagined. And Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is a powerful gateway into a unique collection of customs, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes—and the brilliant individuals responsible for them.
The Treason of the Intellectuals [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 04:14
2015 | EPUB | 0.46MB
Julien Benda’s classic study of 1920s Europe resonates today. The “treason of the intellectuals” is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous. The book bearing this title is well known but little understood. This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball.
From the time of the pre-Socratics, intellectuals were a breed apart. They were non-materialistic knowledge-seekers who believed in a universal humanism and represented a cornerstone of civilized society. According to Benda, this all began to change in the early twentieth century. In Europe in the 1920s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, and instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism.
The “treason” of which Benda writes is the betrayal by the intellectuals of their unique vocation. He criticizes European intellectuals for allowing political commitment to insinuate itself into their understanding of the intellectual vocation, ushering the world into “the age of the intellectual organization of political hatreds.” From the savage flowering of ethnic and religious hatreds in the Middle East and throughout Europe today to the mendacious demand for political correctness and multiculturalism on college campuses everywhere in the West, the treason of the intellectuals continues to play out its unedifying drama.
The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 04:13
2009 | EPUB | 0.92MB
Charles Tart reconciles the scientific and spiritual worlds by looking at empirical evidence for the existence of paranormal phenomena that point toward our spiritual nature, including telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, and psychic healing.
Science seems to tell us that we are all meaningless products of blind biological and chemical forces, leading meaningless lives that will eventually end in death. The truth is that unseen forces such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and other phenomena inextricably link us to the spiritual world, and while many skeptics and scientists deny the existence of these spiritual phenomena, the experiences of millions of people indicate that they do take place.
In this book, copublished with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), transpersonal psychologist Charles Tart presents over fifty years of scientific research conducted at the nation's leading universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual impulses and abilities. The End of Materialism presents an elegant argument for the union of science and spirituality in light of this new evidence, and explains why a truly rational viewpoint must address the reality of a spiritual world. Tart's work marks the beginning of an evidence-based spiritual awakening that will profoundly influence your understanding of the deeper forces at work in our lives.
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 04:12
2015 | EPUB | 1.16MB
Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh) stunned the world when it overran an area the size of Great Britain on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border in a matter of weeks and proclaimed the birth of a new Caliphate. In this timely and important book, Abdel Bari Atwan draws on his unrivaled knowledge of the global jihadi movement and Middle Eastern geopolitics to reveal the origins and modus operandi of Islamic State.
Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Islamic State outlines the group's leadership structure, as well as its strategies, tactics, and diverse methods of recruitment. Atwan traces the Salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al Qaeda and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. He also shows how the group's rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the "dark web," Hollywood blockbuster-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have reemerged in cyberspace.
As Islamic State continues to dominate the world's media headlines with horrific acts of ruthless violence, Atwan considers the movement's chances of survival and expansion and offers indispensable insights on potential government responses to contain the IS threat.
Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 04:11
2014 | EPUB | 1.41MB
Under Siege is Rashid Khalidi's firsthand account of the 1982 Lebanon War and the complex negotiations for the evacuation of the P.L.O. from Beirut. Utilizing unconventional sources and interviews with key officials and diplomats, Khalidi paints a detailed portrait of the siege and ensuing massacres, providing insight into the military pressure experienced by the P.L.O., the war's impact on Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, and diplomatic efforts by the United States. A new preface by Khalidi considers developments across the Middle East in the thirty years since the conflict. The preface also cites recently declassified Israeli documents to offer surprising new revelations about the roles and responsibilities of both Israeli leaders and American diplomats in the tragic coda to the war, the Sabra and Shatila massacres.
The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State [EPUB]
11 February 2016, 04:08
2015 | EPUB | 3.22MB
A groundbreaking history of Prohibition and a new creation story for the powerful American state.
Prohibition has long been portrayed as a “noble experiment” that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies. Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much more significant history. Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Her deeply researched, eye-opening account uncovers patterns of enforcement still familiar today: the war on alcohol was waged disproportionately in African American, immigrant, and poor white communities. Alongside Jim Crow and other discriminatory laws, Prohibition brought coercion into everyday life and even into private homes. Its targets coalesced into an electoral base of urban, working-class voters that propelled FDR to the White House.
This outstanding history also reveals a new genome for the activist American state, one that shows the DNA of the right as well as the left. It was Herbert Hoover who built the extensive penal apparatus used by the federal government to combat the crime spawned by Prohibition. The subsequent federal wars on crime, on drugs, and on terror all display the inheritances of the war on alcohol. McGirr shows the powerful American state to be a bipartisan creation, a legacy not only of the New Deal and the Great Society but also of Prohibition and its progeny.
The War on Alcohol is history at its best—original, authoritative, and illuminating of our past and its continuing presence today.
The Complete Guide to Building 'Fail-Proof' Relationships [Video]
11 February 2016, 03:45
MP4, AVC, 960x540 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 6.5 hours | 2.4GB
High Impact Strategies for Transforming the Quality of Your Intimate, Social & Professional Relationships
The No1 Key Element to Happy & Fulfilled People is the Quality of their Intimate, Social & Professional Relationships - Nothing Else Comes Even Remotely Close!
In this course you'll discover life changing secrets, principles and strategies for building healthier, happier and more rewarding relationships throughout every area of your life.
In similarity to your personal finances or even your chosen career, if your approach to relationships isn't focussed toward the best possible outcomes, you might find it difficult to maintain the relationships you have and also nurture new ones.
The Ultimate Guide To Building 'Fail-Proof' Relationships will help you to:
- Develop strong connections with friends, colleagues and romantic relationships
- Improve family relationships (with partners, children and even parents)
- Transform the quality of the relationship you have with yourself
- Address self-esteem issues and your ability to attract or retain a great partner
- Enhance your ability to listen, acknowledge & resolve conflicts in effective ways
- Fully recognise & understand the factors that influence relationship breakdowns
Whether you are Married, Single, Gay or Straight this engaging and thought provoking course will present you with a wide range of communication principles, insights and strategies for engaging with other people in far more impacting ways.
A Complete Guide to Building 'Fail-Proof' Relationships has been referred to as one of the most insightful self-improvement programs of recent years with over 6 hours of principles that can be actioned immediately.
By the end of the course you'll have received all the crucial insights & direction you need for reviewing and improve ALL of your intimate, social and professional relationships.
What are the requirements?
- Students will need to be committed to improving their current relationship status in some way.
- Students will need access to a computer, notepad and pen.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 56 lectures and 6.5 hours of content!
- Discover the key strategies that strengthen relationships and that keep them exciting and alive
- Be more genuine and authentic throughout you full range of personal and professional relationships.
- Deal with the inevitable challenges that often arise in relationships
- Learn how to communicate more effectively with other people.
- Identify and choose a long term life partner more effectively.
- Understand how to earn the trust of other people.
- Recognise the telltale signs that a relationship isn't working.
- Dissolve arguments and disagreements before they even begin.
- Transform the quality of your intimate, social and professional relationships.
- Know how to build stronger and more vibrant relationships.