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Religion is universal human culture. No phenomenon is more widely shared or more intensely studied, yet there is no agreement on what religion is. Now, in Faces in the Clouds, anthropologist Stewart Guthrie provides a provocative definition of religion in a bold and persuasive new theory. Guthrie says religion can best be understood as systematic anthropomorphism--that is, the attribution of human characteristics to nonhuman things and events. Many writers see anthropomorphism as common or even universal in religion, but few think it is central. To Guthrie, however, it is fundamental. Religion, he writes, consists of seeing the world as humanlike. As Guthrie shows, people find a wide range of humanlike beings plausible: Gods, spirits, abominable snowmen, HAL the computer, Chiquita Banana. We find messages in random events such as earthquakes, weather, and traffic accidents. We say a fire "rages," a storm "wreaks vengeance," and waters "lie still." Guthrie says that our tendency to find human characteristics in the nonhuman world stems from a deep-seated perceptual strategy: in the face of pervasive (if mostly unconscious) uncertainty about what we see, we bet on the most meaningful interpretation we can. If we are in the woods and see a dark shape that might be a bear or a boulder, for example, it is good policy to think it is a bear. If we are mistaken, we lose little, and if we are right, we gain much. So, Guthrie writes, in scanning the world we always look for what most concerns us--livings things, and especially, human ones. Even animals watch for human attributes, as when birds avoid scarecrows. In short, we all follow the principle--better safe than sorry. Marshalling a wealth of evidence from anthropology, cognitive science, philosophy, theology, advertising, literature, art, and animal behavior, Guthrie offers a fascinating array of examples to show how this perceptual strategy pervades secular life and how it characterizes religious experience. Challenging the very foundations of religion, Faces in the Clouds forces us to take a new look at this fundamental element of human life.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Stewart Elliott Guthrie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 1995-04-06
File: 670 Pages
ISBN-13: 0195356802

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I DECIDED TO DO THIS LITTLE BOOK IN MEMORY OF MY GRANDSON SEAN AS PART OF THE HEALING PROCESS I GUESS. WE LOST SEAN FIVE YEARS AGO TO CANCER. SOME OF THESE WRITINGS WERE ACTUAL THINGS WE SHARED AND SOME OF THEM ARE SIMPLE WORDS OF PAIN AND LOVE WE STILL HAVE FOR HIM. HIS SMILE AND HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFE WAS SOMETHING THE PUTMAN AND MONTGOMERY FAMILIES WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO TROY, BETH, IAN, AND LITTLE RYAN, A FAMILY WITH AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF STRENGTH AND FAITH...ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF SEAN. I ALSO DEDICATE THIS TO BERNICE, GREG AND GINA. WE ALL STILL MISS SEAN BECAUSE HE WAS SO SPECIAL.

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Genre: Music
Author: Jr. Claude Putman
Publisher:
Release: 2010-05
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 0984583904

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Twin brothers Stephen and Lawrence Kennedy are army kids; theirs is a world of barracks, bunks and barbecues. But then their parents are killed in a car accident and the boys are sent to stay with people they barely know. How the boys live with their grief and with each other defines the rest of their lives. They move through adolescence and into adulthood, via girlfriends, jobs, sibling rivalry and loyalty. And somewhere deeply buried within them both is the question of how one deals with the past in order to live in the present and embrace the future. The answer is surprising.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Matt Nable
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release: 2011-05-25
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780857963215

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Faces in the Clouds is a collection of 10 poems that were written in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. The poems were then completed in Seoul, South Korea and were originally published in 2009 in Los Angeles. The second edition contains three original photographic poems.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Ama Birch
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release: 2019-03-03
File: 34 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780359477791

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South of the Clouds offers a fascinating, intimate portrait of China by telling the story of an American man who ventures into its hidden realms---romance, politics, the criminal underworld, and Tibet. As he matures from a wide-eyed student into a journalist and a seasoned observer, he develops a passion for uncovering secrets, about China and about himself. The author navigates his way past forbidding walls to peek inside the dark corners of Chinese society, relying on a remarkable collection of friends and acquaintances who help guide the way: an embittered policeman in Xian, a gay professor in Shanghai, and a Buddhist monk in Tibet, who presides at an ancient burial ritual where the corpse is carved up and fed to wild vultures. The Tiananmen Square massacre, people smuggling, and the Falun Gong movement are among the political and social upheavals that the author explains as he witnesses China's uncertain road toward capitalism and its place in the modern world. Along his travels, the author wrestles with his own cultural identity, his sexuality, and his spiritual bearings. He finds an erotic outlet in the Chinese "Sauna Massage" and a stirring emotional connection with Jin Xing, a brilliant choreographer and China's first openly transsexual citizen. Ultimately, he discovers the answer to lifelong questions on a mountaintop in Tibet. Seth Faison, with a subtle understanding of Chinese culture, brings past and present events to life in a thought-provoking account of this mysterious nation and its people.

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Genre: Travel
Author: Seth Faison
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: 2007-04-01
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 1429973684

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Clouds are simple enough, just a collection of ice crystals or water droplets visible to everyone. Yet they are a source of endless wonder. They appear in an infinite number of shapes and forms. Some are beautiful, some awe inspiring, and some, like the whirling funnel cloud, are terrifying. Clouds inspire artists, poets, songwriters. They have reminded astronauts, looking down from space, that Earth, a seemingly abstract orb, is a place of life and movement. those great swirls of white-as they change shape, swell, evaporate into wisps, disappear and come back, glow with sunlight or darken with rain-are a constant reminder of how dynamic our planet is.

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Genre: Nature
Author: John A. Day
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release: 2005
File: 205 Pages
ISBN-13: 1402728131

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This soothing book is the perfect invitation to a relaxed afternoon of cloud gazing. It starts by encouraging young readers to observe what clouds look like, from thin wisps to puffy air castles to giant faces. Then the story raises natural questions: Where do clouds get water? Why does it rain? When rain makes puddles and puddles dry up, what happens to the water? The answers give children an easy-to-grasp picture of the water cycle while instilling the kind of curiosity that can lead to a lifetime of experiencing the world from a scientific perspective. Clouds, Rain, Clouds Again is part of the I Wonder Why book series, written to ignite the curiosity of children in grades K–6 while encouraging them to become avid readers. These books explore the marvels of geology, land forms, weather, environments, and other phenomena related to science and nature. Included in each volume is a Parent/Teacher Handbook with coordinating activities. The I Wonder Why series is written by an award-winning science educator and published by NSTA Kids, a division of NSTA Press. Lexile Framework: 590L Visit www.Lexile.com for more information about Lexile Measures.

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Genre: Education
Author: Lawrence F. Lowery
Publisher: NSTA Press
Release: 2014-07-17
File: 36 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781938946721

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This multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading international scholars explores many pressing issues related to global crime. The book opens with essays that look across this diverse terrain and then moves on to consider specific areas including organised crime, cyber-crime, war-crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. The book emphasises the centrality of crime to the contemporary global world and mobilises diverse disciplinary positions to help understand and address this.

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Genre: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Author: Tim Hall
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release: 2019
File: 200 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781786438676

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For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2006-02-02
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 110121886X

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In her extraordinary novels Into the Wilderness and Dawn on a Distant Shore, award-winning writer Sara Donati deftly captured the vast, untamed wilderness of late-eighteenth-century New York and the trials and triumphs of the Bonner family. Now Donati takes on a new and often overlooked chapter in our nation’s past--and in the life of the spirited Bonners--as their oldest daughter, the brave and beautiful Hannah, comes of age with a challenge that will change her forever. Masterfully told, this passionate story is a moving tribute to a resilient, adventurous family and a people poised at the brink of a new century. It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah’s half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth’s school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides--one Scots grandmother and one Mohawk--and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing. After a long night spent attending to a birth, Elizabeth and Hannah encounter an escaped slave hiding on the mountain. She calls herself Selah Voyager, and she is looking for Curiosity Freeman--a former slave herself, one of the village’s wisest women and Elizabeth’s closest friend. The Bonners take Selah, desperately ill, to Lake in the Clouds to care for her, and with that simple act they are drawn into the secret life that Curiosity and Galileo Freeman and their grown children have been leading for almost ten years. The Bonners will do what they must to protect the Freemans, just as Hannah will protect her patient, who presents more than one kind of challenge. For a bounty hunter is afoot--Hannah’s childhood friend and first love, Liam Kirby. While Elizabeth and Nathaniel undertake a treacherous journey through the endless forests to bring Selah to safety in the north, Hannah embarks on a very different journey to New-York City, with two goals: to learn the secrets of vaccination against smallpox, a disease that threatens Paradise, and to find out what she can about Liam’s immediate past and what caused him to change so drastically from the boy she once loved. The obstacles she faces as a woman and a Mohawk make her confront questions long avoided about her place in the world. Those questions follow her back to Paradise, where she finds that the medical miracle she brings with her will not cure prejudice or superstition, nor can it solve the problem of slavery. No sooner have the Bonners begun to rebound from their losses--old and new--than they find themselves confronted by more than one old enemy in a battle that will test the strength of their love for one another. Hannah faces the decision she has always dreaded: will she make a life for herself in a white world, or among her mother’s people?

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Sara Donati
Publisher: Bantam
Release: 2003-04-29
File: 672 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780553897517

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