While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and the Destiny of Mankind by Alain Danielou
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Overview: According to the early writings of the Shaiva tradition–still alive in India and dating back at least 6,000 years–the arbitrary ideologies and moralistic religions of modern society signal the last days of humanity heading toward destruction. This prediction is only a fragment of the vast knowledge of Shaiva wisdom, author Alain Danielou as assimilated and reviewed essential concepts of the Shaiva philosophy and its predictions. Clearly expressed in the ancient teachings, these concepts are in accord with, yet surpass, the boldest scientific speculations about consciousness, time, the nature of life and matter, and the history and destiny of the human race. Inherent in this body of knowledge is an understanding of the cycles of creation and destruction which, in conjunction with astronomical phases, determine the life span of the species. Since 1939, humankind has been in the twilight of the Kali Yuga age, or at the end of a cycle. The impending cataclysm, Danielou explains, is brought on by our own errors, and its date will be determined by our present and future actions.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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The Play of Character in Plato’s Dialogues by Ruby Blondell
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Overview: This book attempts to bridge the gulf that still exists between ‘literary’ and ‘philosophical’ interpreters of Plato by looking at his use of characterization. Characterization is intrinsic to dramatic form and a concern with human character in an ethical sense pervades the dialogues on the discursive level. Form and content are further reciprocally related through Plato’s discursive preoccupation with literary characterization. Two opening chapters examine the methodological issues involved in reading Plato ‘as drama’ and a set of questions surrounding Greek ‘character’ words (especially ethos), including ancient Greek views about the influence of dramatic character on an audience. The figure of Sokrates qua Platonic ‘hero’ also receives preliminary discussion. The remaining chapters offer close readings of select dialogues, chosen to show the wide range of ways in which Plato uses his characters, with special emphasis on the kaleidoscopic figure of Sokrates and on Plato’s own relationship to his ‘dramatic’ hero.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History Ancient Philosophy, Classical Literature, Classical Studies
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The Real Play Revolution: Why We Need to Be Silly with Our Kids – and How to Do It by Ash Perrin
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Overview: Aimed at parents, teachers and anyone who cares for or works with children, this is a highly original, inspiring and above all fun guide to the power of play and how to use it from expert Ash Perrin of the Flying Seagull Project.
This is a guide to help grown-ups share silliness, laughter and fun with kids, benefiting the kids, the adults themselves and, ultimately, society at large. In a world of technology, product marketing and unending messaging aimed at adults and kids, there is a need to liberate the imagination, re-sow the seeds of creativity … and start a Real Play revolution! Real Play needs noequipment, expertise or qualifications. All it needs is genuine interaction between grown-ups and children and that wonderful buzz of magic and make-believe.
Offering the techniques and play ideas developed by Ash Perrin through his work at the Flying Seagulls Project in an accessible, engaging and fun way to a wide audience of ordinary parents and childcare professionals, this book also makes a passionate case for the importance of play in children’s lives. The Real Play Revolution is a treasure trove of fantastic, unexpected and effective play ideas, from step-by-step activities such as Kids Comedy Corner (all about telling jokes together as a family), Home-Made TV (make your own TV, then watch it!) and Circus Skills Workshop (hoola-hoop, juggling balls, spinning plates, etc) to quick fixes for cheering everyone up, such as the One Minute Madness Miracle (the first one to get nowhere wins), and defeating a bad mood – whether a child’s or a grown-up’s – with the Turkey Head Grump Crown (who can carrying on feeling annoyed with a turkey on their head?).
All suggestions can be adapted to work with any numbers from one child to a whole classroom. Fun line drawings clarify step-by-steps and add to the book’s appealing design.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Education
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Games Indians Play: Why We Are the Way We Are by means of V. Raghunathan
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Overview: In a unprecedented try to perceive the Indianness of Indians-among essentially the most clever folks on the planet, but in addition, to a dispassionate eye most likely essentially the most baffling-V. Raghunathan makes use of the props of recreation principle and behavioural economics to supply an perception into the tricky conundrum of why we’re the way in which we’re.
He places underneath the scanner our attitudes in opposition to rationality and irrationality, selflessness and selfishness, pageant and cooperation, and collaboration and deception. Drawing examples from the way in which we behave in day by day scenarios, Games Indians Play tries to turn how ultimately every one in every of us-whether businessmen, politicians, bureaucrats, or simply undeniable us-stand to benefit extra if we had been to think just a little self-regulation, give equity a possibility and try to cooperate and collaborate just a little extra even supposing self-interests had been to be our major driver.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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