Book Title : On the Origin of Stories

on the origin of stories

Release Date : 2009-04-15
ISBN Code : 9780674033573
Book Author : Brian Boyd
Book Publisher : Harvard University Press
Total Pages : 540

Book Summary :

Brian Boyd explains why we tell stories and how our minds are shaped to understand them. After considering art as adaptation, Boyd examines Homer's Odyssey and Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! demonstrating how an evolutionary lens can offer new understanding and appreciation of specific works. Published for the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species, Boyd's study embraces a Darwinian view of human nature and art, and offers a credo for a new humanism.

Book Title : Sapiens

sapiens

Release Date : 2017-10-11
ISBN Code : 9785040357789
Book Author : Юваль Харари
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

Сто тысяч лет назад Homo sapiens был одним из как минимум шести видов человека, живших на этой планете, – ничем не примечательным животным, которое играло в экосистеме роль не большую, чем гориллы, светлячки или медузы. Но около семидесяти тысяч лет назад загадочное изменение когнитивных способностей Homo sapiens превратило его в хозяина планеты и кошмар экосистемы. Как человек разумный сумел покорить мир? Что стало с другими видами человека? Когда и почему появились деньги, государства и религия? Как возникали и рушились империи? Почему почти все общества ставили женщин ниже мужчин? Как наука и капитализм стали господствующими вероучениями современной эры? Становились ли люди с течением времени счастливее? Какое будущее нас ожидает?Юваль Харари показывает, как ход истории формировал человеческое общество и действительность вокруг него. Его книга прослеживает связь между событиями прошлого и проблемами современности и заставляет читателя пересмотреть все устоявшиеся представления об окружающем мире.

Book Title :

Release Date : 2017-06-08
ISBN Code : 9785389132955
Book Author : Трумен Капоте
Book Publisher : Азбука-Аттикус
Total Pages : 416

Book Summary :

Трумен Капоте, автор таких бестселлеров, как «Завтрак у Тиффани» (повесть, прославленная в 1961 году экранизацией с Одри Хепберн в главной роли), «Голоса травы», «Другие голоса, другие комнаты», «Призраки в солнечном свете» и другие, входит в число крупнейших американских прозаиков XX века. Самым значительным произведением Капоте многие считают роман «Хладнокровное убийство», основанный на истории реального преступления и раскрывающий природу насилия как сложного социального и психологического феномена. Книга Капоте, мгновенно ставшая бестселлером, породила особый жанр «романа-репортажа» и открыла путь прозе Нормана Мейлера и Тома Вулфа. Взвешенность и непредубежденность авторской позиции, блестящая выверенность стиля, полифоничность изображения сделали роман Капоте образцом документально-художественной литературы; в списке 100 лучших книг XX века по версии газеты The Guardian «Хладнокровное убийство» заняло 84-ю позицию. Одноименная экранизация Ричарда Брукса, выпущенная сразу после публикации романа Капоте, была номинирована на четыре «Оскара».

Book Title :

Release Date : 2017-11-30
ISBN Code : 9785040118311
Book Author : Фрэнк Герберт
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

Фрэнк Герберт (1920–1986) успел написать много, но в истории остался прежде всего как автор эпопеи «Дюна». Возможно, самой прославленной фантастической саги двадцатого столетия, саги, переведенной на десятки языков и завоевавшей по всему миру миллионы поклонников. Самый авторитетный журнал научной фантастики «Локус» признал «Дюну», первый роман эпопеи о песчаной планете, лучшим научно-фантастическим романом всех времен и народов. В «Дюне» Фрэнку Герберту удалось совершить невозможное – создать своеобразную «хронику далекого будущего». И не было за всю историю мировой фантастики картины грядущего более яркой, более зримой, более мощной и оригинальной.

Book Title : On the Origin of Diversity

on the origin of diversity

Release Date : 2011
ISBN Code : 9781905493876
Book Author : Robin McMahon
Book Publisher : FilamentPublishing Ltd
Total Pages : 391

Book Summary :

McMahon looks at what the future is for diversity and our species in particular, in his book which celebrates our evolution since our emergence as a species as described in Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'.

Book Title :

Release Date : 2013-04-20
ISBN Code : 5445302067
Book Author : Charles Perrault
Book Publisher :
Total Pages : 48

Book Summary :

Book Title : Evolution Literature and Film

evolution literature and film

Release Date : 2010
ISBN Code : 9780231150194
Book Author : Brian Boyd
Book Publisher : Columbia University Press
Total Pages : 570

Book Summary :

"Original and uniqueùthere is almost by default no collection like it at present. The field of evolutionary literary studies is coalescing as I write, and the publication of this book will have a decisive and positive impact in this regard."-Peter Swirski, Author Of Literature, Analytically Speaking evolution, Literature, And Film opens with Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection, Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution of modern evolutionary theory, Edward O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge, Steven Pinker on the transformation of psychology into an explanatory science, and David Sloan Wilson on the integration of evolutionary theory into cultural critique. Later essays include discussions of evolutionary literary theory and film theory, interpretive commentaries on works of literature and film, and analyses using empirical methods to explore literary problems. Texts under the microscope include folk- and fairy tales; Homer's Iliad; Shakespeare's plays; works by Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, and Zora Neale Hurston; narratives in sci-fi, comics, and slash fiction; and films from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Each essay explains the contribution of evolution to a study of the human mind, human behavior, culture, and art. "Extremely well conceived, bringing together classics from the early days and the cutting edge of recent statistical scholarship. The essays are excellent and represent the best work being done right now in the field."-Blakey Vermeule, Stanford University Brian Boyd is University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Auckland. The world's leading scholar of Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Carroll is Curators' Professor of English at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Jonathan Gottschall teaches English at Washington and Jefferson College.

Book Title :

Release Date : 2017-09-05
ISBN Code : 9785040725137
Book Author : Рэй Брэдбери
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

Такого дерева вы не видели никогда в жизни. Оно достигает вершиной небес, и растут на нем тыквы всех форм, размеров и цветов. Возле этого дерева вы встречаете странного господина по имени мистер Смерч, и он увлекает вас в чудесное путешествие, из которого вы вернетесь совсем другим человеком – если вернетесь...

Book Title : The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee

the origin of the milky way and other living stories of the cherokee

Release Date : 2008-11-01
ISBN Code : 080788670X
Book Author : Barbara R. Duncan
Book Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages : 144

Book Summary :

Cherokee people have lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for thousands of years. During all this time, they have told stories to each other to explain how things came to be, to pass on lessons about life, and to describe the mountains, animals, plants, and spirits around them. The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee collects 27 stories that are great for kids and are still being told by storytellers today. Presented by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in their own words, the stories appear in free-verse form, like poems on the page, so that if you read them aloud, you can hear the rhythm of the stories as they were originally told. Barbara R. Duncan provides a helpful introduction that describes Cherokee people's past and present ways of life and their storytelling traditions. The book also includes a glossary of key words from the stories, suggestions for further reading, and notes on the storytellers. For young readers, for parents to read aloud to young listeners, and for teachers and libraries, The Origin of the Milky Way provides an excellent introduction to Cherokee culture. (For readers age 9 and up.) Storytellers: Davy Arch Robert Bushyhead Edna Chekelelee Marie Junaluska Kathi Littlejohn Freeman Owle

Book Title : Narrative Intelligence

narrative intelligence

Release Date : 2003
ISBN Code : 1588112748
Book Author : Michael Mateas
Book Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
Total Pages : 340

Book Summary :

Narrative Intelligence (NI) the confluence of narrative, Artificial Intelligence, and media studies studies, models, and supports the human use of narrative to understand the world. This volume brings together established work and founding documents in Narrative Intelligence to form a common reference point for NI researchers, providing perspectives from computational linguistics, agent research, psychology, ethology, art, and media theory. It describes artificial agents with narratively structured behavior, agents that take part in stories and tours, systems that automatically generate stories, dramas, and documentaries, and systems that support people telling their own stories. It looks at how people use stories, the features of narrative that play a role in how people understand the world, and how human narrative ability may have evolved. It addresses meta-issues in NI: the history of the field, the stories AI researchers tell about their research, and the effects those stories have on the things they discover. (Series B)

Book Title :

Release Date : 2018-01-10
ISBN Code : 9785040300914
Book Author : Ричард Докинз
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

Мы созданы нашими генами. Мы, животные, существуем, чтобы сохранить их, и служим лишь машинами, обеспечивающими их выживание. Мир эгоистичного гена – это мир жестокой конкуренции, безжалостной эксплуатации и обмана. Ну а как же акты альтруизма, наблюдаемые в природе: пчелы, совершающие самоубийство, когда они жалят врага, чтобы защитить улей, или птицы, рискующие жизнью, чтобы предупредить стаю о приближении ястреба? Противоречит ли это фундаментальному закону об эгоистичности гена? Ни в коем случае! Докинз показывает, что эгоистичный ген – это еще и хитрый ген. И он лелеет надежду, что вид Homo sapiens – единственный на всем земном шаре – в силах взбунтоваться против намерений эгоистичного гена. Перевод сверен по юбилейному английскому изданию 2006 года.

Book Title :

Release Date : 2015-08-15
ISBN Code : 9785457489998
Book Author : Джеймс Уотсон
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages : 1066

Book Summary :

Самая известная научно-популярная книга в истории жанра.Она принесла Джеймсу Уотсону не меньшую известность, чем его гениальное открытие.Прошли десятилетия – а научное достижение Уотсона и его коллег не только не утратило актуальности, но и помогает совершать все новые и новые прорывы. Ведь теперь ученые всерьез рассуждают о клонировании и лечении заболеваний на генном уровне. Разве такое было бы возможно без Уотсона, Крика и Уилкинса?..

Book Title : On the Origin of Species

on the origin of species

Release Date : 2014-08-11
ISBN Code : 9781632091055
Book Author : Charles Darwin
Book Publisher : Trajectory Inc
Total Pages : 835

Book Summary :

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830s and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation.

Book Title : Stalking Nabokov

stalking nabokov

Release Date : 2013-06-25
ISBN Code : 9780231158572
Book Author : Brian Boyd
Book Publisher : Columbia University Press
Total Pages : 464

Book Summary :

In this book, Brian Boyd surveys Vladimir Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd also offers new ways of reading "Lolita," "Pale Fire," "Ada or Ardor," and the unparalleled autobiography, "Speak, Memory," disclosing otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections as he recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's life? oeuvre?, he cautions against using Nabokov's metaphysics as the key to unlocking all of the enigmatic author's secrets. Assessing and appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever Nabokov's multifaceted genius.

Book Title :

Release Date : 2018-01-07
ISBN Code : 9785457160569
Book Author : Стефани Майер
Book Publisher : Litres
Total Pages : 400

Book Summary :

Вампирский роман, первое издание которого только в США разошлось рекордным тиражом в 100 000 экземпляров!Книга, которая стала культовой для молодежи не только англоязычных стран, но и Франции, Испании, Скандинавии, Японии и Китая. Литературный дебют, который критики сравнивают с «Интервью с вампиром» Энн Райс и «Теми, кто охотится в ночи» Барбары Хэмбли.Влюбиться в вампира...Это страшно?Это романтично...Это прекрасно и мучительно...Но это не может кончиться добром – особенно в вечном противостоянии вампирских кланов, где малейшее отличие от окружающих уже превращает вас во врага...

Book Title : How Mockingbirds Are

how mockingbirds are

Release Date : 2011-06-24
ISBN Code : 9781438435275
Book Author : Donald Bahr
Book Publisher : SUNY Press
Total Pages : 183

Book Summary :

Brilliant analysis of the power of ritual orations in a southwestern American Indian community.

Book Title : Mindful Aesthetics

mindful aesthetics

Release Date : 2013-11-07
ISBN Code : 9781441162526
Book Author : Chris Danta
Book Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages : 224

Book Summary :

In the last few decades, literary critics have increasingly drawn insights from cognitive neuroscience to deepen and clarify our understanding of literary representations of mind. This cognitive turn has been equally generative and contentious. While cognitive literary studies has reinforced how central the concept of mind is to aesthetic practice from the classical period to the present, critics have questioned its literalism and selective borrowing of scientific authority. Mindful Aesthetics presents both these perspectives as part of a broader consideration of the ongoing and vital importance of shifting concepts of mind to both literary and critical practice. This collection contributes to the forging of a 'new interdisciplinarity,' to paraphrase Alan Richardson's recent preface to the Neural Sublime, that is more concerned with addressing how, rather than why, we should navigate the increasingly narrow gap between the humanities and the sciences.

Book Title : The Literary Mind

the literary mind

Release Date : 1998-12-17
ISBN Code : 0199839344
Book Author : Mark Turner
Book Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 208

Book Summary :

We usually consider literary thinking to be peripheral and dispensable, an activity for specialists: poets, prophets, lunatics, and babysitters. Certainly we do not think it is the basis of the mind. We think of stories and parables from Aesop's Fables or The Thousand and One Nights, for example, as exotic tales set in strange lands, with spectacular images, talking animals, and fantastic plots--wonderful entertainments, often insightful, but well removed from logic and science, and entirely foreign to the world of everyday thought. But Mark Turner argues that this common wisdom is wrong. The literary mind--the mind of stories and parables--is not peripheral but basic to thought. Story is the central principle of our experience and knowledge. Parable--the projection of story to give meaning to new encounters--is the indispensable tool of everyday reason. Literary thought makes everyday thought possible. This book makes the revolutionary claim that the basic issue for cognitive science is the nature of literary thinking. In The Literary Mind, Turner ranges from the tools of modern linguistics, to the recent work of neuroscientists such as Antonio Damasio and Gerald Edelman, to literary masterpieces by Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, and Proust, as he explains how story and projection--and their powerful combination in parable--are fundamental to everyday thought. In simple and traditional English, he reveals how we use parable to understand space and time, to grasp what it means to be located in space and time, and to conceive of ourselves, other selves, other lives, and other viewpoints. He explains the role of parable in reasoning, in categorizing, and in solving problems. He develops a powerful model of conceptual construction and, in a far-reaching final chapter, extends it to a new conception of the origin of language that contradicts proposals by such thinkers as Noam Chomsky and Steven Pinker. Turner argues that story, projection, and parable precede grammar, that language follows from these mental capacities as a consequence. Language, he concludes, is the child of the literary mind. Offering major revisions to our understanding of thought, conceptual activity, and the origin and nature of language, The Literary Mind presents a unified theory of central problems in cognitive science, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. It gives new and unexpected answers to classic questions about knowledge, creativity, understanding, reason, and invention.