Exodus to the Virtual World

How Online Fun Is Changing Reality

Exodus to the Virtual World

Virtual worlds have exploded out of online game culture and now capture the attention of millions of ordinary people: husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, workers, retirees. Devoting dozens of hours each week to massively multiplayer virtual reality environments (like World of Warcraft and Second Life), these millions are the start of an exodus into the refuge of fantasy, where they experience life under a new social, political, and economic order built around fun. Given the choice between a fantasy world and the real world, how many of us would choose reality? Exodus to the Virtual World explains the growing migration into virtual reality, and how it will change the way we live--both in fantasy worlds and in the real one.

Changing Reality

Huna Practices to Create the Life You Want

Changing Reality

“Reality is experience, and experience is reality,” says Hawaiian shaman Serge King, speaking of Huna, the esoteric tradition in which he was reared.King emphasizes that all of us have the ability to shift from one world to another. The difference is that shamans do it purposefully, while the rest of us are unaware of it. He trains us to engage in the process consciously in order to expand our human potential. Among books on Huna, this one is unique for offering actual practices for changing our reality to create the life we want. In a user-friendly, conversational style, King’s chapters explain the four worlds of a shaman and basic Huna principles. Then, citing case studies, he guides us in how to change reality in each of the four worlds, bringing in ESP, telepathy, the perception of auras, telekinesis, dreaming, magical flight, and, finally, soul retrieval and the great power of healing. “It sounds simple,” says King, “and it is. The most difficult part is to accept the simplicity, because that means changing one's idea about what reality is. And that's what this book is all about.”

Mind Power: How to Change Reality in Your Favor

Mind Power: How to Change Reality in Your Favor

Many of us have heard that thoughts create reality, that everything is the manifestation of what we think. How exactly does that work? To explain that, we can use abstract concepts that don't really mean anything, or we can use logic based on well known aspects of our minds - psychology."Mind Power" does just that, as well as prepares your mind to use its full potential. Break your limits just by applying simple concepts presented in this book.

The Japanese Woman

Traditional Image and Changing Reality

The Japanese Woman

The contemporary Japanese woman is frequently viewed as dependent, deferential, and far less ambitious than her American counterpart. In this surprising new look at women in Japan, Sumiko Iwao shows that these women are not the submissive females typically portrayed; rather, they hold positions equal to and sometimes more powerful than those of men.

Mapping Reality

An Evolutionary Realist Methodology for the Natural and Social Sciences

Mapping Reality

Using the insights of evolutionary epistemology, the author develops a new naturalist realist methodology of science, and applies it to the conceptual, practical, and ethical problems of the social sciences.

Economics and Reality

Economics and Reality

'No reality please. We're economists'. There is a wide spread belief that modern economics is irrelevant to the understanding of the real world. In a controversial and original study, Tony Lawson argues that the root of this irrelevance is in the failure of economists to find methods and tools which are appropriate for the social world it addresses

Changing Perceptions and Altered Reality

Emerging Economies in the 1990s

Changing Perceptions and Altered Reality

There was the economic development "miracle" in the East Asia Region, then the great crash. In the Latin American and Caribbean region, there remain question marks, little increased growth, and no "miracle" in sight. Given the opportunity to observe both of these regions first hand over a 25-year period, Shahid Javed Burki, relates his observations, perceptions, and comparisons of these diverse emerging economies. As he departs the World Bank, Mr. Burki leaves this contribution to the store of Bank knowledge for future reference. It is both a professional and personal narrative of two dynamic regions undergoing tremendous change. Mr. Burki shares his unique insight into these economies and his own changing perceptions during his work in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Play Reality: How Videogames are Changing EVERYTHING

Play Reality: How Videogames are Changing EVERYTHING

Play Reality: How Videogames are Changing EVERYTHING, is Jayne Gackenbach's and Teace Snyder's first book together and, like, the twentieth or something between the two of them. Jayne Gackenbach is a well-respected videogame and dream researcher and Teace Snyder is a 'kind of' well-respected hardcore gamer and lifelong writer. Jayne works at, and can be contacted through, Grant MacEwan University, where she has taught and researched for 21 years, and, Teace, oversees, and can be contacted through his website, www.teace.ca, which he created and launched in 2007. Oh yeah, and by the way, they're mother and son too, and, are currently living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where they regularly express the endless bounds of their geekiness and hold hipsters in utter contempt.