In Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare, Orians explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience.
Author: Gordon H. Orians
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
The eminent zoologist “extends his pioneering work in evolutionary biology” to examine “our preferences, predilections, fears, hopes, and aspirations” (Stephen R. Kellert, author of Birthright). Why do we jump in fear at the sight of a snake and marvel at the beauty of a sunrise? These impulsive reactions are no accident; in fact, many of our human responses to nature are steeped in our evolutionary past—we fear snakes because of the danger of venom, and we welcome the assurances of sun as the predatory dangers of night disappear. According to evolutionary biologist Gordon Orians, many of our aesthetic preferences—from the kinds of gardens we build to the foods we enjoy and the entertainment we seek—are the lingering result of natural selection. In Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare, Orians explores the role of evolution in human responses to the environment, applying biological perspectives ranging from Darwin to current neuroscience. Orians reveals how our emotional lives today are shaped by decisions our ancestors made centuries ago on African savannas as they selected places to live, sought food and safety, and socialized in small hunter-gatherer groups. During this time our likes and dislikes became wired in our brains, as the appropriate responses to the environment meant the difference between survival or death. His rich analysis explains why we mimic the tropical savannas of our ancestors in our parks and gardens, why we are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by danger, and how paying close attention to nature’s sounds has made us an unusually musical species.
A Lonesome Journey to the Heart of the Latin American Dream Michael
Molyneux. Gordon Orians, Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare: How Evolution
Shapes Our Loves and Fears (The University of Chicago Press, 2014). Edward O
. Wilson ...
Author: Michael Molyneux
Publisher: Shanti Arts Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Inspired by a lonesome journey through South America, this collection of true stories documents an equally difficult journey through the dark corners of the human psyche via the colossal canyons of Peru, deserted strips of paradise in Ecuador, volcanic salt-flats in Bolivia, windswept grasslands of Patagonia, and the far reaches of Tierra Del Fuego. With engaging descriptions and intriguing tales, Molyneux delivers a sensual portrait of a wild continent, exploring cultural landscapes and the nature of human restlessness and ecstasy. Ultimately, these stories, as all others, are about the essential elements of the human condition: suffering and love.
Orians, Gordon H. Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare. Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 2014. Rychlowska, Magdalena, et al. Heterogeneity of long-
history migration explains cultural differences in reports of emotional expressivity
Author: Edward O. Wilson
Publisher: Penguin UK
'An intellectual hero ... A superb celebrator of science in all its manifestations' Ian McEwan 'Darwin's great successor' Jeffrey Sachs The legendary biologist Edward O. Wilson offers his most philosophically probing work to date 'Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species; and its ultimate goal, self-understanding,' begins Edward Wilson's sweeping examination of the humanities and their relationship to the sciences. By studying fields as diverse as paleontology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Wilson demonstrates that human creativity began not 10,000 years ago, as we have long assumed, but over 100,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. Chronicling the evolution of creativity from primates to humans, Wilson shows how the humanities, in large part spurred on by the invention of language, have played a previously unexamined role in defining our species. Exploring a surprising range of creative endeavors - the instinct to create gardens; the use of metaphors and irony in speech; or the power of music and song - Wilson proposes a transformational 'Third Enlightenment' in which the blending of science and the humanities will enable us to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, and how it ultimately originated.
In his book Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare: How Evolution Shapes Our
Loves and Fears (2014), Orians expands his analysis to reveal a role for natural
selection in shaping our behavioral preferences and emotional responses.8
Author: Liam Heneghan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Talking lions, philosophical bears, very hungry caterpillars, wise spiders, altruistic trees, companionable moles, urbane elephants: this is the magnificent menagerie that delights our children at bedtime. Within the entertaining pages of many children’s books, however, also lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment they inhabit. In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories. From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Heneghan unearths the universal insights into our inextricable relationship with nature that underlie so many classic children’s stories. Some of the largest environmental challenges in coming years—from climate instability, the extinction crisis, freshwater depletion, and deforestation—are likely to become even more severe as this generation of children grows up. Though today’s young readers will bear the brunt of these environmental calamities, they will also be able to contribute to environmental solutions if prepared properly. And all it takes is an attentive eye: Heneghan shows how the nature curriculum is already embedded in bedtime stories, from the earliest board books like The Rainbow Fish to contemporary young adult classics like The Hunger Games. Beasts at Bedtime is an awakening to the vital environmental education children’s stories can provide—from the misadventures of The Runaway Bunny to more overt tales like The Lorax. Heneghan serves as our guide, drawing richly upon his own adolescent and parental experiences, as well as his travels in landscapes both experienced and imagined. Organized into thematic sections, the work winds its way through literary forests, colorful characters, and global environments. This book enthralls as it engages. Heneghan as a guide is as charming as he is insightful, showing how kids (and adults) can start to experience the natural world in incredible ways from the comfort of their own rooms. Beasts at Bedtime will help parents, teachers, and guardians extend those cozy times curled up together with a good book into a lifetime of caring for our planet.
... H.Orians, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, and
author of Snakes, Sunrises, and Shakespeare: How Evolution Shapes Our Loves
and Fears 'Cognitive Architecture.
Author: Ann Sussman
*Winner of the Environmental Design Research Association 2016 Place Research Award!* In Cognitive Architecture, the authors review new findings in psychology and neuroscience to help architects and planners better understand their clients as the sophisticated mammals they are, arriving in the world with built-in responses to the environment that have evolved over millennia. The book outlines four main principles---Edges Matter, the fact people are a thigmotactic or a 'wall-hugging' species; Patterns Matter, how we are visually-oriented; Shapes Carry Weight, how our preference for bilateral symmetrical forms is biological; and finally, Storytelling is Key, how our narrative proclivities, unique to our species, play a role in successful place-making. The book takes an inside-out approach to design, arguing that the more we understand human behavior, the better we can design for it. The text suggests new ways to analyze current designs before they are built, allowing the designer to anticipate a user's future experience. More than one hundred photographs and drawings illustrate its key concepts. Six exercises and additional case studies suggest particular topics - from the significance of face-processing in the human brain to our fascination with fractals - for further study.
William Shakespeare Alfred Frederick P. Harcourt ... The birds chant melody on
every bush , The snake lies rolled in the cheerful sun , The green leaves quiver
with the cooling wind And make a chequer ' d shadow on the ... SUNRISE [ 404 ] .
Animated by degrees, she began to change, just as a grave night-sky changes at
the approach of sunrise: first it ... I use this not very flattering comparison because
he vividly reminded me of a snake waking from torpor, as he erected his tall ...
William Shakespeare. bless the time of his coming. Inquiring the reason he
learned from her that her hand had been frozen by Mercutio's but was warmed by
his. In response, Romeus affirmed that the love for her in his heart was far
Centuries after they were written, the plays and poems of Shakespeare remain a deep well of inspiration. Using the authoritative Riverside Shakespeare as its primary source, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare is an invaluable resource for writers, speakers, and readers seeking to tap that well ...
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SWeltered Venom fillet of a fennysnake eye of newt toe Offrog WOOlofbat ...
Extract from Macbeth by William Shakespeare. ... What do the children already
know about Shakespeare? ... especially - - - night = time between a domestichen
Sunset and draft =first attempt; - - Sunrise draught=adrink Ordose of - - - pray =
speak to God; ...
Author: John Jackman
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
Nelson English has been specifically designed to ensure that you cover the basics of the National Curriculum and other UK curricula. Activities cover NLS Text, Word and Sentence Level objectives.
... the mermaid, he not only makes me think of the mermaid herself as alive, but of
the sea-snake which she fascinates as also aliving thing. ... And Freedon rear'd in
that august sunrise Her beautiful bold brow, When rites and forms before his
burning eyes Melted like snow. ... The reader would do well to compare
Tennyson's wonderful lines with Shakespeare's description of the death of
Cardinal Beaufort ...
We have a touch also of Shakespeare's own self in the lines:— Wilt thou draw
near the nature of the gods? ... I refer to the description of sunrise — As when the
golden sun salutes the morn And having gilt the ocean with his beams Gallops
the zodiac in his ... The birds chant melody on every bush; The snake lies rolled *
in the cheerful sun; The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind, And make a ...
He would have known Harrow Road as a monstrously tentacled snake that
slithered down north-west London. ... By sunrise he had reached Paddington
Basin, where the Grand Union and Regent's Canals unite under the umbrella of
the Great Western Terminus. ... Paddington Station is the gateway into London
from western England, north and south Wales, the Cotswolds and Shakespeare
Author: Lilian Pizzichini
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'Scratch the surface of any family and you will find stories of intrigue, abuse and illegitimacy. It is just that, because of the nature of my grandfather's business, our secrets are more sinister' Lilian Pizzichini's grandfather was a conman who worked with some of London's most notorious gangsters. Within the pages of this haunting and revealing account of his life, she re-creates, in vivid detail and with remarkable detachment, the world of criminals and corrupt policemen that he dominated until his death in 1978. This is a book to set the mind reeling with thoughts of cunning and intrigue, corruption, hardship and secrecy. Above all, it conveys beautifully the glamour and seduction of a London shrouded in mystery and this charismatic criminal who rose from its war-torn ashes.