Author: David Lewis-WilliamsPublish On: 2011-07-01
How did these images spring into the human story? This book, a masterful piece of detective work, puts forward the most plausible explanation yet.
Author: David Lewis-Williams
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
The art created in the caves of western Europe in the Ice Age provokes awe and wonder. What do these symbols on the walls of Lascaux and Altamira, tell us about the nature of ancestral minds? How did these images spring into the human story? This book, a masterful piece of detective work, puts forward the most plausible explanation yet.
6 Rather than merely subscribing to a Buddhist principle of nonattachment,
Wang's philosophy of elimination or deconstruction allows the mind in itself to
shine forth positively on the world of things. Pure knowing, like unconsciousness,
Author: Paul S. Chung
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This study offers an intercultural theory of interpretation and religion. It does so by bringing Western and East Asian traditions into dialogue regarding the nature of interpretation. The result of this innovative study is a theory of interpretation which integrates the socially embodied dimension of human life with the study of hermeneutics and religion in post-foundational and cross-cultural perspective. Toward this end, Paul Chung offers a constructive theology of divine speech-acts in a manner more amenable to the social-public sphere than other proposals. In all of this he deeply considers intercultural horizon of interpretation between West and East and its implications for a theology of interpretation. The result is a truly theological theory of interpretation that takes seriously the issues of intercultural studies and their intersection with Christian doctrine.
CHASM IN THE MIND So far, attention has been paid to the cave as a setting
which facilitated the attaining of altered states on consciousness. Discussion has
also been devoted to visions of awe-inspiring swirls experienced by some sages
Author: Yulia Ustinova
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind analyses techniques of searching for ultimate wisdom in ancient Greece. The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. They believed that to share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soul from the burden of the mortal body by attaining an altered state of consciousness, that is, by merging with a superhuman being or through possession by a deity. These states were often attained by inspired mediums, `impresarios of the gods' - prophets, poets, and sages - who descended into caves or underground chambers. Yulia Ustinova juxtaposes ancient testimonies with the results of modern neuropsychological research. This novel approach enables an examination of religious phenomena not only from the outside, but also from the inside: it penetrates the consciousness of people who were engaged in the vision quest, and demonstrates that the darkness of the caves provided conditions vital for their activities.
head and withdrew a portion of the brain of the man who had been killed by the cave bear. A whirling, spinning vertigo brought Ayla to the ... She felt a tickling
sensation inside her brain, inside her mind, and a counterpull that slowly drew
Author: Jean M. Auel
Publisher: Bantam Dell
This enhanced eBook includes: • Eight never-before-seen video interviews with Jean M. Auel where she discusses The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Earth’s Children® series: “You Must Be Able to Change in Order to Survive,” “Jondalar and Ayla,” “On Language," “Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals: The Crossbreeding Question,” “On Research (and Glaciers),” “The Domestication of Horses and Wolves,” “The Painted Caves,” and “What Is It Like Finishing a Series?” • An excerpt from The Land of Painted Caves • An Earth’s Children® series sampler • A text Q&A with Jean M. Auel • The full text of the novel This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
the body of giraffe and the head of donkey . The point to note is that chimeras of
this kind are also to be found in cave art . The Chauvet cave , for example , has a
figure that apparently has the head of a bison and the trunk and legs of a man .
Author: Nicholas Humphrey
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Nicholas Humphrey's writings about the evolution of the mind have done much to set the agenda for contemporary psychology. Here, in a series of riveting essays, he invites us to 'take another look' at a variety of the central and not-so-central issues: the evolution of consciousness, the nature of the self, multiple personality disorder, the placebo effect, cave art, religious miracles, medieval animal trials, the seductions of dictatorship, and much more.
Author: Percy Bysshe ShelleyPublish On: 2012-07-01
Cythna seems to have unearthed the secrets buried in the cave of the mind” (37).
Abbey also proposes an important contrast between the epistemology of this
stanza and that of Mont Blanc: “if 'Mont Blanc' makes the mind the channel for the
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Publisher: JHU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
"His name is Percy Bysshe Shelley, and he is the author of a poetical work entitled Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude." With these words, the radical journalist and poet Leigh Hunt announced his discovery in 1816 of an extraordinary talent within "a new school of poetry rising of late." The third volume of the acclaimed edition of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley includes Alastor, one of Shelley’s first major works, and all the poems that Shelley completed, for either private circulation or publication, during the turbulent years from 1814 to March 1818: Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, Mont Blanc, Laon and Cythna, as well as shorter pieces, such as his most famous sonnet, Ozymandias. It was during these years that Shelley, already an accomplished and practiced poet with three volumes of published verse, authored two major volumes, earned international recognition, and became part of the circle that was later called the Younger Romantics. As with previous volumes, extensive discussions of the poems’ composition, influences, publication, circulation, reception, and critical history accompany detailed records of textual variants for each work. Among the appendixes are Mary W. Shelley’s 1839 notes on the poems for these years, a table of the forty-two revisions made to Laon and Cythna for its reissue as The Revolt of Islam, and Shelley’s errata list for the same. It is in the works included in this volume that the recognizable and characteristic voice of Shelley emergesâ€”unmistakable, consistent, and vital.
She would have been killed by that cave lion. The thought crystallized in his mind
. The cave lion! It attacked her, but it did not kill . . . or did it attack? Was it testing
her? Then another thought burst through and a chill of recognition crept up his ...
Author: Jean M. Auel
This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge. This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content: • An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series • A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series
Author: John Niemeyer FindlayPublish On: 2013-01-11
In the last lecture we have sketched the general structure and regional
differentiation of the firmament of personal minds or egos. What we have
sketched, being phenomenological and not metaphysical, has ended by being
very much how ...
Author: John Niemeyer Findlay
First published in 1966, The Discipline of the Cave is the first series of a course of Gifford lectures on philosophical issues.. J N Findlay’s lectures use the image of the Cave to show how familiarity is full of restrictions, and involves puzzles and discrepancies unable to be resolved or removed. Such philosophical perplexities may be a result of the misunderstanding and abuse of ordinary ways of thinking and speaking. They may also be a way of ‘drawing us towards being’, providing proof of the absurdity of ordinary thought, speech and experience unless modified and added to in ways which may point beyond it. What may be called a mystical and otherworldly element may need to be introduced into or rendered explicit in all our experience in order to give a viable sense to the most commonplace human utterances and activities.
It is not so when we first set ourselves to learn any human art “ or science : the
terms , the principles , the propositions of it , are all at first strange and uncouth ,
and make no bright " impression upon the mind . They amaze , they puzzle , but ...
COUNTRIES OF THE MIND SHELLEY was usually modest about his own work;
therefore one is the more willing to attend carefully when one finds him, in a letter
to Godwin (n December 1817), claiming a particular merit for himself: 'I am ...
Ibid., 195; Mithen, “Ethnobiology and the Evolution of the Human Mind,” S51. 6. J.
David Lewis-Williams, The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of
Art (London: Thames and Hudson, 2002). 7. Ibid., 80. 8. F. d'Errico et al., ...
Author: Raymond L. Neubauer
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Evolution and the Emergent Self is an eloquent and evocative new synthesis that explores how the human species emerged from the cosmic dust. Lucidly presenting ideas about the rise of complexity in our genetic, neuronal, ecological, and ultimately cosmological settings, the author takes readers on a provocative tour of modern science's quest to understand our place in nature and in our universe. Readers fascinated with "Big History" and drawn to examine big ideas will be challenged and enthralled by Raymond L. Neubauer's ambitious narrative. How did humans emerge from the cosmos and the pre-biotic Earth, and what mechanisms of biological, chemical, and physical sciences drove this increasingly complex process? Neubauer presents a view of nature that describes the rising complexity of life in terms of increasing information content, first in genes and then in brains. The evolution of the nervous system expanded the capacity of organisms to store information, making learning possible. In key chapters, the author portrays four species with high brain:body ratios—chimpanzees, elephants, ravens, and dolphins—showing how each species shares with humans the capacity for complex communication, elaborate social relationships, flexible behavior, tool use, and powers of abstraction. A large brain can have a hierarchical arrangement of circuits that facilitates higher levels of abstraction. Neubauer describes this constellation of qualities as an emergent self, arguing that self-awareness is nascent in several species besides humans and that potential human characteristics are embedded in the evolutionary process and have emerged repeatedly in a variety of lineages on our planet. He ultimately demonstrates that human culture is not a unique offshoot of a language-specialized primate, but an analogue of fundamental mechanisms that organisms have used since the beginning of life on Earth to gather and process information in order to buffer themselves from fluctuations in the environment. Neubauer also views these developments in a cosmic setting, detailing open thermodynamic systems that grow more complex as the energy flowing through them increases. Similar processes of increasing complexity can be found in the "self-organizing" structures of both living and nonliving forms. Recent evidence from astronomy indicates that planet formation may be nearly as frequent as star formation. Since life makes use of the elements commonly seeded into space by burning and expiring stars, it is reasonable to speculate that the evolution of life and intelligence that happened on our planet may be found across the universe.
Author: David Lewis-WilliamsPublish On: 2005-10-01
David Lewis-Williams's previous book, The Mind in the Cave, dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings, carvings, and engravings of western Europe.
Author: David Lewis-Williams
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Category: Social Science
An exploration of how brain structure and cultural content interacted in the Neolithic period 10,000 years ago to produce unique life patterns and belief systems. What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of "birth," "death," and "wild" cast light on the archaeological enigma of the domestication of cattle? What generated the revolutionary social change that ended the Upper Palaeolithic? David Lewis-Williams's previous book, The Mind in the Cave, dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings, carvings, and engravings of western Europe. Here Dr. Lewis-Williams and David Pearce examine the intricate web of belief, myth, and society in the succeeding Neolithic period, arguably the most significant turning point in all human history, when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was born. The authors focus on two contrasting times and places: the beginnings in the Near East, with its mud-brick and stone houses each piled on top of the ruins of another, and western Europe, with its massive stone monuments more ancient than the Egyptian pyramids. They argue that neurological patterns hardwired into the brain help explain the art and society that Neolithic people produced. Drawing on the latest research, the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness, imagery, and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity. In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought-lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history. 100 illustrations, 20 in color.
He was now standing in a cave that led to what seemed several yards straight
ahead and then turned right at a 90-degree angle. The cave was indeed leading
under the lake. There was a stream of water running out of the cave toward the ...
Author: Noel Williamson
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
A woman becomes involved with a mysterious, powerful individual after there is a deadly at-fault accident on her part. Her identity is changed and becomes a part of his global altering plans.
Author: John Niemeyer FindlayPublish On: 2014-06-17
Sequel to The Discipline of the Cave John Niemeyer Findlay ... And the interior
medium, in its turn, has no need for the exterior physical one, since the
directedness of mind to this or that real or imaginary object seems a matter of the mind's ...
Author: John Niemeyer Findlay
First published in 1967, The Transcendence of the Cave is the second in a series of Gifford Lectures on philosophical issues, and continues the themes of the first series entitled The Discipline of the Cave. In the opening chapters, J N Findlay sketches an ontology, an axiology and a theology which are ‘phenomenological’ in the sense of Husserl, as they attempt to show that a ‘firmament’ of logical and other values emerges out of the contingencies of first order liking and interest. The synthesis of these values in an object having many paradoxical, mystical-religious properties is also a necessary outcome of this ‘logic’. In the later chapters, the author attempts to construct an orderly picture of other worldly experiences and their objects based solely on the premise that these experiences must be such as to resolve the many philosophical surds that plague us in this life.
... of greatness that never fails to affect the mind of the spectator. Taken by
themselves it may be true that the later series of caves, notwithstanding their
splendour, are hardly equal in interest to the earlier ones, notwithstanding their
Author: James Burgess
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
This 1880 publication is the culmination of pioneering studies of the cave temples and architectural history of India.
spirit which is illuminated in the darkness of the cave, the shadowside which
matters to the world beyond compare. The Kogi child in the cave is encouraged
to live in the fertile dark of the mind, the brain cave where imagination shines
Author: Jay Griffiths
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Social Science
Kith is Jay Griffiths's passionate examination of what it means to be a child. While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, captured her imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy -- and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier? In Kith, Jay Griffiths explores these questions and many more. Moving from communities in West Papua and the Arctic to the ostracised young people of contemporary Britain, she asks why we have enclosed our children in a consumerist cornucopia but denied them the freedoms of space, time and deep play. She uses history, philosophy, language and literature to illustrate children's affinity for the natural world and the essential quest element of childhood. Kith is Jay Griffiths' impassioned, illuminating analysis of a universal rite of passage and an antidote to books such as Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. In its urgent defence of the rights and needs of every child, it is a journey into the heart of human experience. 'Kith could have been written by no-one but Jay Griffiths. It is ablaze with her love of the physical world and her passionate moral sense that goodness and a true relation with nature are intimately connected. She has the same visionary understanding of childhood that we find in Blake and Wordsworth, and John Clare would have read her with delight. Her work isn't just good -- it's necessary' Philip Pullman 'Jay Griffiths writes with such richness and mischief about the one thing that could truly save the world: its children' KT Tunstall 'An impassioned, visionary plea to restore to our children the spirit of adventure, freedom and closeness to nature that is their birthright. We must hear it and act on it before it is too late' Iain McGilchrist Jay Griffiths is the author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; Wild: An Elemental Journey; and A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, a novella about the life of Frida Kahlo. She is the winner of the inaugural Orion Book Award and of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the World Book Day award.
What does the allegory of the cave really mean? Plato's dialogues are plays of a
sort with a drama of their own (Friedlander, 1958, 1964, 1969). Each interpreter
approaches them with his own purposes. Below I will discuss several distinctions
Author: Howard Rachlin PhD
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Escape of the Mind is part of a current movement in psychology and philosophy of mind that calls into question what is perhaps our most basic, most cherished, and universally accepted belief--that our minds are inside of our bodies. Howard Rachlin adopts the counterintuitive position that our minds, conscious and unconscious, lie not where our firmest (yet unsupported) introspections tell us they are, but in how we actually behave over the long run. Perhaps paradoxically, the book argues that our introspections, no matter how positive we are about them, tell us absolutely nothing about our minds. The name of the present version of this approach to the mind is "teleological behaviorism." The approaches of teleological behaviorism will be useful in the science of individual behavior for developing methods of self-control and in the science of social behavior for developing social cooperation. Without in any way denigrating the many contributions of neuroscience to human welfare, The Escape of the Mind argues that neuroscience, like introspection, is not a royal road to the understanding of the mind. Where then should we look to explain a present act that is clearly caused by the mind? Teleological behaviorism says to look not in the spatial recesses of the nervous system (not to the mechanism underlying the act) but in the temporal recesses of past and future overt behavior (to the pattern of which the act is a part). But scientific usefulness is not the only reason for adopting teleological behaviorism. The final two chapters on IBM's computer, Watson (how it deviates from humanity and how it would have to be altered to make it human), and on shaping a coherent self, provide a framework for a secular morality based on teleological behaviorism.
... 1967 ) The Mind in the Cave : Consciousness and the Origins of Art by David
LewisWilliams ( Thames & Hudson , 2002 ) The Roots of Civilization : The
Cognitive Beginnings of Man ' s First Art , Symbol and Notation by Alexander
Author: Richard Lewis
Publisher: Touchstone Center Publicati
CAVE: An Evocation of the Beginnings of Art by Richard Lewis is a poetic imagining why humans over thirty thousand years ago began to paint on the walls of dark caves astonishing images of animals they hunted and revered. Illustrating the book ar
The subsequentlynamed Holocaust, in spite of its enormous impact in the
postwar world consciousness, remained marginal and, as a routine activity,
insignificant to the German Nazi mind. In the large, almost fantastically utopian
scheme of ...
Author: Jon Huer
Publisher: Hamilton Books
This book explores the nature of power in persons, groups, and nations by asking a question that we can understand in contemporary terms: what would Bill Gates do if he had Hitler’s absolute power? Huer argues that the savage struggle for power is in our very human nature.
Then, when I used to accept anything, any event, occasion, any word as it came,
it incorporated, mind-wind to await, appropriate, release proper prayers and fates
to utility: creativity I called it, resolution without disillusion; everything, anything ...
Author: Sy Hakim
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Both poems and the art works are thematic with a strong relationship between the works, There is a shared pictorial approach: strong bold colors paralleling bold rhythmic explorations: there is often a shared titles as well as an exploration of a topic/theme.