Becoming Human

In this deeply compassionate work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships and ourselves.

Becoming Human

In this deeply compassionate work, Jean Vanier shares his profoundly human vision for creating a common good that radically changes our communities, our relationships and ourselves. He proposes that by opening ourselves to others, those we perceive as weak, different, or inferior, we can achieve true personal and societal freedom. The 10th anniversary edition includes a new Introduction by the author.

Becoming Human

Engages the problem of finding purpose and meaning in a perplexing and postmodern world, utilizing disciplines including philosophy, literature, sociology, and film studies.

Becoming Human

Engages the problem of finding purpose and meaning in a perplexing and postmodern world, utilizing disciplines including philosophy, literature, sociology, and film studies.

Becoming Human

Offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of human evolution.

Becoming Human

Offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of human evolution.

Becoming Human

Virtually all theories of how humans have become a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory focused on ontogenetic processes.

Becoming Human

Virtually all theories of how humans have become a distinctive species focus on evolution. Here, Michael Tomasello proposes a complementary theory focused on ontogenetic processes. Built on the essential ideas of Vygotsky, his data-driven model explains how those things that make us most human are constructed during the first six years of life.

Becoming Human

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Becoming Human

"Examines the crisis of a late eighteenth-century anthropology as it relates to the emergence of a modern consciousness that sees itself as condemned to draw its norms and very self-understanding from itself"--Provided by publisher.

Becoming Human

"Examines the crisis of a late eighteenth-century anthropology as it relates to the emergence of a modern consciousness that sees itself as condemned to draw its norms and very self-understanding from itself"--Provided by publisher.

Becoming Human

In the second part of this book, the author relfects on her own psychological and spiritual development, using a model based on the writings of the medieval mystic Ruusbroec."--Back cover.

Becoming Human

"[This book] is a story of an unusual group of women, the international organization of Medical Mission Sisters, as told by one sister, a Flemish medical doctor ... In the second part of this book, the author relfects on her own psychological and spiritual development, using a model based on the writings of the medieval mystic Ruusbroec."--Back cover.

Becoming Human

Apart from being (one way or other) involved in the language, they all would share a demanding requirement a second mental centre within the subject. This redefinition of the simulationism is extended in the present book in two directions.

Becoming Human

What do the pointing gesture, the imitation of new complex motor patterns, the evocation of absent objects and the grasping of others false beliefs all have in common? Apart from being (one way or other) involved in the language, they all would share a demanding requirement a second mental centre within the subject. This redefinition of the simulationism is extended in the present book in two directions. Firstly, mirror-neurons and, likewise, animal abilities connected with the visual field of their fellows, although they certainly constitute important landmarks, would not require this second mental centre. Secondly, others beliefs would have given rise not only to predicative communicative function but also to pre-grammatical syntax. The inquiry about the evolutionary-historic origin of language focuses on the cognitive requirements on it as a faculty (but not to the indirect causes such as environmental changes or greater co-operation), pays attention to children, and covers other human peculiarities as well, e.g., symbolic play, protodeclaratives, self-conscious emotions, and interactional or four-hand tasks."

Becoming Human

A searching and provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, the book presents a set of idiosyncratic essays on embryology and infancy, play and games, and manners, meals, and other messes.

Becoming Human

Becoming Human argues that human identity was articulated and extended across a wide range of textual, visual, and artifactual assemblages from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. J. Allan Mitchell shows how the formation of the child expresses a manifold and mutable style of being. To be human is to learn to dwell among a welter of things. A searching and provocative historical inquiry into human becoming, the book presents a set of idiosyncratic essays on embryology and infancy, play and games, and manners, meals, and other messes. While it makes significant contributions to medieval scholarship on the body, family, and material culture, Becoming Human theorizes anew what might be called a medieval ecological imaginary. Mitchell examines a broad array of phenomenal objects—including medical diagrams, toy knights, tableware, conduct texts, dream visions, and scientific instruments—and in the process reanimates distinctly medieval ontologies. In addressing the emergence of the human in the later Middle Ages, Mitchell identifies areas where humanity remains at risk. In illuminating the past, he shines fresh light on our present.

Becoming Human

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Becoming Human

BECOMING HUMAN by Letty M. Russell Basing her discussion on the Bible and
today's situation in society and theology, Letty Russell explores what it means to
be human. She focuses particular attention on who we are in the light of Jesus' ...

Becoming Human

Basing her discussion on the Bible and today's situation in society and theology, Letty Russell explores what it means to be human. She focuses particular attention on who we are in light of Jesus' own humanity, relationships between men and women, those who are treated as less than human, and how human liberation may be achieved.

On Becoming Human

unique human ability for speech . Primates communicate , Lancaster ( 1968b )
emphasizes , by utilizing a complex constellation of many modes - postural ,
gestural , vocal , facial expression , movement - within a social context . But this is
also ...

On Becoming Human

First published in 1981, On Becoming Human presents a unique theory of human origins, an original explanation of how early hominids evolved from their ape-like primate ancestors. Professor Nancy M. Tanner's book integrates the data on chimpanzee behaviour with the available information on early phases of human evolution. The result is a model by which we can more accurately reconstruct the lifeways of the early hominids and better understand the rapid transition from ape to early human. By an innovative use of conventional data and a fresh perspective on traditional anthropological approaches, Professor Tanner, in her first book, has developed a powerful new theory of human origins by which we can understand the actual dynamics of becoming human.

Becoming Human Again

Becoming Human Again


Becoming Human

Becoming. Human. An. Introduction. Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in
an Antiblack World argues that key texts of twentieth-century African diasporic
literature and visual culture generate unruly conceptions of being and materiality
that ...

Becoming Human

Argues that blackness disrupts our essential ideas of race, gender, and, ultimately, the human Rewriting the pernicious, enduring relationship between blackness and animality in the history of Western science and philosophy, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World breaks open the rancorous debate between black critical theory and posthumanism. Through the cultural terrain of literature by Toni Morrison, Nalo Hopkinson, Audre Lorde, and Octavia Butler, the art of Wangechi Mutu and Ezrom Legae, and the oratory of Frederick Douglass, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson both critiques and displaces the racial logic that has dominated scientific thought since the Enlightenment. In so doing, Becoming Human demonstrates that the history of racialized gender and maternity, specifically antiblackness, is indispensable to future thought on matter, materiality, animality, and posthumanism. Jackson argues that African diasporic cultural production alters the meaning of being human and engages in imaginative practices of world-building against a history of the bestialization and thingification of blackness—the process of imagining the black person as an empty vessel, a non-being, an ontological zero—and the violent imposition of colonial myths of racial hierarchy. She creatively responds to the animalization of blackness by generating alternative frameworks of thought and relationality that not only disrupt the racialization of the human/animal distinction found in Western science and philosophy but also challenge the epistemic and material terms under which the specter of animal life acquires its authority. What emerges is a radically unruly sense of a being, knowing, feeling existence: one that necessarily ruptures the foundations of "the human."

Becoming Human

Technically he wasn't human, either (though he was getting closer all the time).
But, for me, that conversation was exactly like talking to a human being. Whatever
he was, from that point on I thought of him as fully human. And to this day I still ...

Becoming Human

Becoming Human is the story of a human-like artificial brain created by a team of scientists in a neurology laboratory. As Oscars intellectual capacity increases with the daily addition of hundreds of neurons, he becomes more and more human, eventually becoming deeply involved in the lives of his creators. All of this raises questions about the meaning of being human, of the soul, and of existence itself. Ultimately, however, Oscar must be dismantled and moved to a new laboratory, with surprising and unforeseen results.

Becoming Human

... human ingenuity, determination, and skill bring about wonderful things. There
are other times when none of these things work. In these times of human failure,
we must develop the capacity for attunement to divine 202 becoming human.

Becoming Human

Succinct summations of what Jesus taught-Forgive yourself; Love everybody; Help the poor, and so on-provide the basis for this series of reflections on the transformative wisdom that inspired those who follow him.

Becoming Human

New Poems Lance Lee. Becoming Human Becoming Human New Poems Lance
Lee Authors Choice Press San.

Becoming Human

Lance Lee knows that Animals, Places and the Past (his past, our pasts) all have a part to play in Becoming Human. The deer's soft eyes look at him, he thinks of death. In "The Light at Vezelay" he writes of Mary Magdalene. "Poker-Faced", he lied to his father at 12. Read all about it in this splendid new collection. Lance Lee knows what it takes and proves it skillfully in Becoming Human. Martin Bax, Editor, Ambit, England's leading Arts Quarterly; author, The Hospital Ship Being male and keeping some balance of mind and heart is eloquently explored in Lance Lee's Becoming Human. "The years have planted multitudes in my heart" he says, and accepting adulthood's sorrows and corruptions while moving on with one's life is a continual step-by-small-step act of heroism. It is wonderful to read a poetry that does not fear to feel, nor softens and delays the fierce depths of experience with mere agreeable anecdote or trendy nostalgia. From the child in his crib, to the boy running from the wolf beneath the stairs, from desire's greed for beauty and solace, to acknowledging the "German" and the "Jew's" joint contribution to his genetics, Lee's poems ask that we attend to that continual interior warfare which is the stuff of humanity. With his richly sensuous diction, Lance Lee tackles head on questions of love with all its dignities of aspiration and indignities of the reflective, divided self. This is an honest book, and one of the most passionate documents of the masculine heart around. Our heroic insufficiencies are acknowledged and embraced. This book moves from memory to landscape, into Dante's mind, across Italy and into Dachau. Becoming Human is a rare book; it takes time to savor and while the poet continually hungers, the poems consistently nourish. This is a book to read time and again; it's grown-up; it's real - uncompromising and very beautiful. Pamela Stewart, The Red Window; Infrequent Mysteries What immediately draws me into this book is the urgency and honesty with which Lance lee explores the self and its parameters. He writes about childhood when a wolf "lived beneath the stairs" whose "breath singed my legs before/I leaped to the safety of the steps," and of how when waking to terror at night, "I learned I was alone/and became human." He is deeply aware of family history, his mixed gentile and Jewish background and he examines, often through dream and vision, his attitudes and feelings. He looks unflinchingly at his own feral nature, the bear that's "my familiar stranger" - a desire to be powerful, destructive, taste pleasure and "wild freedom". There is too an extraordinary empathy with wildlife, a celebration of it, and the questioning of self and God, the spirituality which underlies all this work, is particularly moving in the nature poems. "The Wheatfield" ends: Joy is not peace or summer's gold but this swing between barren and bursting poles that makes me complete. The energy of Lee's writing, its sensuousness and passion is, for me, the true stuff of poetry. He deserves to be much better known. Nyra Schneider, Insisting on Yellow ? New and Selected Poems; Panic Bird

Becoming Human

... face was terror-struck, in shock, and spattered with blood. But before I could
react or think, Malachy's horse drifted back against my own, and the Irishman
settled back in his saddle and crashed sideways against me. 228 Becoming
Human.

Becoming Human

You might not think digging at a 6,500-year-old bison kill site can teach you much about life, but Michael McEwen Randall begs to differ. At age fifty-three, Randall found new life at midlife as he made the transition from successful Seattle businessman to Northern Plains-based writer. Through a series of inspiring, true events, he discovered how to become more human and learned how to reshape his existence as "a servant of the map". Becoming Human includes more than fifty vivid essays and profiles of people and experiences Randall has encountered on his journey. Search for the past at an archeological dig at the site of a buffalo kill in South Dakota. Take a voyage on a tramp steamer in Southeast Asia and encounter an adventure like no other. Meet a group of Dakota (Sioux) grandmothers bent on saving their young people from America's dominant culture. Walk in the shoes of a police officer and see a great city's underbelly. Randall's unique voice links contemporary life to history, philosophy, and faith, engagingly demonstrating how these issues impact us all today. Becoming Human offers a deep, compassionate view of American life.

Becoming Human

Indeed, one might even speculate that universal human traits such as social
blushing and complex facial expressions evolved to compensate for our lost
ability to communicate through our fur. Likewise, body paint, cosmetics, tattoos
and other ...

Becoming Human

Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future by the Editors of Scientific American We humans are a strange bunch. We have self-awareness and yet often act on impulses that remain hidden. We were forged in adversity but live in a world of plenty. How did we get here? What is to become of us? To these age-old questions, science has in recent years brought powerful tools and reams of data, and in this eBook, Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future, we look at what these data have to tell us about who we are. We know, for instance, that three million years ago, a group of primates known as the australopithecines was walking capably on two legs—the better to navigate the African savanna—and yet still had long arms suited to life in the trees. In Section One, "Becoming Us," we search for how and why this and other transitions occurred. In "Lucy's Baby," author Kate Wong discusses what the oldest juvenile skeleton tells us about how early humans walked the Earth. Another article, "The Naked Truth," examines why humans lost their hair and how hairlessness was a key factor in developing other human traits. Section Two covers "The Secrets of our Success," and we see that human evolution and culture are often related. In "The Evolution of Grandparents," Rachel Caspari shows us that as humans started to live longer, grandparents played a role in family life, which in turn made possible more complex social behaviors. In Section Three, "Migration and Colonization," we look at how scientists are studying the minuscule bits of DNA that differ from one individual to another for clues to our origins and settlements. "The First Americans" illustrates the findings that have pushed back the date at which hunter-gatherers colonized the Americas. And in Section Four, "Vanished Humans," the discovery of "hobbits"—a human species of small stature—has turned the science of human origins on its ear. Where is evolution taking us? We present two points of view in Section Five, "Our Continuing Evolution." In "How We Are Evolving," Jonathan K. Pritchard argues that selection pressure typically acts over tens of thousands of years, which means we probably won't evolve much anytime soon. But stasis is only one possible future, says Peter Ward in "What May Become of Us." In adapting to new environments—say, a colony on Mars—our human species may eventually diverge into two or more. Or we could go the cyborg route and merge with machines. Whichever option you prefer, there is plenty to ponder.

Becoming Human

This book is a philosophical examination of the stages in our journey from hominid to human.

Becoming Human

This book is a philosophical examination of the stages in our journey from hominid to human. Dealing with the nature and origin of language, self-consciousness, and the religious ideal of a return to Eden, it has a philosophical anthropology approach. It provides an account of our place in nature consistent with both empiricism and mysticism.