The Zen Koan as a Means of Attaining Enlightenment
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Fighting Means Killing: Civil War Soldiers and the Nature of Combat via Jonathan M. Steplyk
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Overview: War way combating, and combating way killing.” Confederate cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest famously declared.
The Civil War used to be essentially an issue of Americans killing Americans. This simple truth is what Jonathan Steplyk explores in Fighting Means Killing, the primary book-length find out about of Union and Confederate squaddies’ attitudes towards, and stories of, killing within the Civil War.
Drawing upon letters, diaries, and postwar memories, Steplyk examines what squaddies and veterans thought of killing sooner than, all over, and after the conflict. How did those squaddies view sharpshooters? How about hand-to-hand struggle? What language did they use to explain killing in struggle? What cultural and societal elements influenced their attitudes? And what used to be the have an effect on of race in battlefield atrocities and sour clashes between white Confederates and black Federals? These are the questions that Steplyk seeks to reply to in Fighting Means Killing, a piece that bridges the space between army and social history-and that shifts the point of interest at the tragedy of the Civil War from combating and demise for reason and nation to combating and killing.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
What It Means to Write: Creativity and Metaphor by Adrian McKerracher
Requirements: .PDF reader, 990 KB
Overview: At a time when people must work harder than ever to stand out from the crowd, the word creativity can seem vague and overused. But what exactly is creativity? Adrian McKerracher travels from Vancouver to Havana to Buenos Aires, leading readers on a journey to discover poignant new insights into a life of letters.
Through encounters with artists of all kinds, famous or obscure, McKerracher traces a socio-cultural history of the meaning of writing, each vignette a meditation on the way that metaphor limits and liberates understanding: creativity is a process, a possession, a relation, an algorithm, a game, and more. But What It Means to Write is far more than an archive of the figurative. Along the way, a labyrinth of chance reunites McKerracher with old friends, threatens him with violence, and invites him to remain forever in a place both real and imagined. His journey from cafés to libraries to late-night living rooms embodies the structure of a bold new methodology for interpreting creativity, demonstrating the tools for working productively with ambiguity and rebuilding meaning, one metaphor at a time. Told in character-driven narrative pulses that reflect on the nature of belonging, understanding, and loving, What It Means to Write is a celebration of the possibilities of both language and silence.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Spirit Means Business: The Way to Prosper Wildly without Selling Your Soul by Alan Cohen
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.5 MB
Overview: Beloved author and teacher Alan Cohen (A Course in Miracles Made Easy) uses his idiosyncratic, insightful spin on spiritual wisdom to show that we can enjoy significant career and financial success and be true to our passion and soul’s calling.
Can you create material success and keep your spirit alive? Is it possible to combine prosperity with purpose and passion? Can you sell your product without losing your soul?
Expert coach and beloved teacher Alan Cohen demonstrates the answer is yes. In Spirit Means Business, he identifies-and then dismantles-the 10 primary illusions that keep us from connecting spirituality and prosperity.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti
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Overview: In this groundbreaking new look at rape edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Freidman and Full Frontal Feminism and He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut author Jessica Valenti, the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike will present their ideas for a paradigm shift from the “No Means No” model-an approach that while necessary for where we were in 1974, needs an overhaul today.
Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yes aims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished. With commentary on public sex education, pornography, mass media, Yes Means Yes is a powerful and revolutionary anthology
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational | Psychology
Real Science: What it Is and What it Means by John Ziman
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.8 MB
Overview: Unlike most other similar books, this systematic, carefully reasoned, non-technical analysis of the nature and significance of scientific knowledge opens the way to reconciliation in the ‘science wars’. By describing how academic scientists actually undertake research and communicate their findings, it shows that the philosophy, psychology and sociology of science are inextricably entwined, and that ‘realism’ and ‘relativism’ are just two sides of the same coin. The writing is well-informed, down-to-earth and lucid.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Science & Math
Boys: What It Means to Grow to be a Man [Audiobook]
The Technique of Grace: Traditioned Apply in At present’s World by Andrew C. Thompson
Necessities: .ePUB reader, 2.5 MB
Overview: In The Technique of Grace, Andrew C. Thompson presents a transparent and accessible clarification of the core tenants John Wesley instilled within the early Methodist movement-baptism, looking the Scriptures, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, fasting, fellowship, accountability, works of mercy, and exercising the presence of God.
Style: Non-Fiction > Religion, Beliefs & Philosophy
Data Points: Visualization That Means Something
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Boys: What It Means to Become a Man by Rachel Giese
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.1 MB
Overview: A vital and sweeping examination of today’s "boy crisis," demonstrating the ways in which we raise boys into a culture of toxic masculinity and offering solutions that can liberate us all
Whether they’re being urged to "man up" or warned that "boys don’t cry," young men are subjected to damaging messages about manliness: they must muzzle their emotions and never show weakness, dominate girls and compete with one another.
Boys: What It Means to Become a Man examines how these toxic rules can hinder boys’ emotional and social development. If girls can expand the borders of femaleness, could boys also be set free of limiting, damaging expectations about manhood and masculinity? Could what’s been labelled "the boy crisis" be the beginning of a revolution in how we raise young men?
Drawing on extensive research and interviews with educators, activists, parents, psychologists, sociologists, and young men, Giese-mother to a son herself-examines the myths of masculinity and the challenges facing boys today. She reports from boys-only sex education classes and recreational sports leagues; talks to parents of transgender children and plays video games with her son. She tells stories of boys navigating the transition into manhood and how the upheaval in cultural norms about sex, sexuality and the myths of masculinity have changed the coming of age process for today’s boys.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General