The Perfect Medium

Photography and the Occult

Author: Clément Chéroux

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300111363

Category: Photography

Page: 288

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The mesmerizing photographic history of occult phenomena, from levitations and apparitions to spectres, ghosts, and auras.
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A Perfect Medium?

Oracular Divination in the Thought of Plutarch

Author: Elsa Giovanna Simonetti

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9462701113

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4564

An in-depth analysis of oracular divination in Plutarch’s thought Oracular divination was of special concern for Plutarch of Chaeronea (45–120 AD), Platonic philosopher as well as priest at the oracle of Apollo in Delphi. The peculiar nature of Delphic divination as an (im)perfect intermediary between the material and the immaterial world is fathomed in a thorough study of Plutarch’s Delphic dialogues. This in-depth philosophical-conceptual analysis will disclose an original interpretation of oracular divination in Plutarch as interconnected with his psychological and cosmological conceptions. A Perfect Medium? reveals the Delphic temple as a crucial element in Plutarch’s philosophy, as a microcosm reflecting the cosmic dynamics, and as a symbol embodying the relationship between human thirst for knowledge and divine absolute wisdom.
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The perfect Torah [electronic resource]

Author: Jacob Neusner

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004130333

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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Jacob Neusner demonstrates in this analysis that the perfect Torah is the medium through which the one, unique God makes himself known. The Judaic statement of monotheism comes to expression in scripture as perfected by the Oral Torah in its native category-formations, Halakhah and Aggadah.
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An den Grenzen der Erkenntnis

Handbuch der wissenschaftlichen Anomalistik

Author: Mayer, Gerhard,Schetsche, Michael,Schmied-Knittel, Ina,Vaitl, Dieter

Publisher: Schattauer Verlag

ISBN: 3794529227


Page: 504

View: 1804

Grenzen erkunden, Horizonte erweitern … Außergewöhnliche Erfahrungen wie Nahtod-Erlebnisse oder Wahrträume, Phänomene wie Kornkreise oder UFO-Sichtungen, aber auch weit verbreitete Praktiken wie alternative Diagnose- und Heilverfahren oder Wünschelrutengehen: Von jeher haben sie die Menschen fasziniert, die Wissenschaften polarisiert – und auch sehr grundsätzliche Fragen über die Wirklichkeit aufgeworfen, in der wir leben. Mit dem gesamten Spektrum ungewöhnlicher Phänomene und Erfahrungen befasst sich die wissenschaftliche Anomalistik. Im Kontext wissenschaftlicher Weltmodelle und mit einer strengen Orientierung an den Standards wissenschaftlicher Methodik geht sie dem schwer Erklärbaren auf den Grund – und findet oft genug überraschende Antworten. Im Handbuchformat beleuchtet ein interdisziplinäres Autorenteam eine Vielzahl von Forschungsfeldern und Einzelfragen zu Phänomenen und Erfahrungen, die an die Grenzen unserer scheinbar so festgefügten Wirklichkeit rühren. Unverzichtbare Erkenntnisse für alle, die mit offenen Augen den Geheimnissen unserer Welt auf der Spur sind. Das erste deutschsprachige Handbuch ungewöhnlicher Phänomene und Erfahrungen: von Auradiagnostik bis ZauberkunstWissenschaftliche Anomalistik in all ihren Facetten: theoretische Konzepte, methodische Ansätze, empirische BefundeEin fesselndes Grundlagenwerk: für ein breites Publikum mit wissenschaftlichem oder beruflichem Interesse oder auch ganz persönlicher Neugier Keywords: Anomalistik, Parapsychologie, Trance, Halluzination, Hypnose, Out-of-Body-Erfahrungen, Nahtod-Erfahrungen, Wahrträume, Geistererscheinungen, Spukphänomene, Mediumismus, Astrologie, UFOs, Kornkreise, Yeti, Feuerlaufen, Fakirpraktiken, Geistheilung, Wunderheilung, Homöopathie, Kriminaltelepathie, Zauberkunst, Reinkarnation, Radiästhesie, Wünschelrutengehen, Prä-Astronautik, Paläo-SETI, Ley-Linien, heilige Orte, Archäo-Astronomie, außergewöhnliche Bewusstseinszustände, Psi, Synchronizität, Wahrnehmungsanomalien, paranormale Fotografien
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Finger Painting

A Perfect Medium for Self-expression

Author: Ruth Faison Shaw

Publisher: N.A


Category: Child artists

Page: 230

View: 7915

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Mathematics Education for a New Era

Video Games as a Medium for Learning

Author: Keith Devlin

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439867712

Category: Computers

Page: 218

View: 2511

Stanford mathematician and NPR Math Guy Keith Devlin explains why, fun aside, video games are the ideal medium to teach middle-school math. Aimed primarily at teachers and education researchers, but also of interest to game developers who want to produce videogames for mathematics education, Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning describes exactly what is involved in designing and producing successful math educational videogames that foster the innovative mathematical thinking skills necessary for success in a global economy. Read the author's monthly MAA column Devlin's Angle
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Visual Alchemy: The Fine Art of Digital Montage

Author: Catherine McIntyre

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1135046158

Category: Photography

Page: 240

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Catherine McIntyre, like many fine artists, created traditional art for decades before encountering the versatility of digital imaging technology. Free of her Rotring pens and scalpel, she now uses Photoshop to create her montages. Visual Alchemy explores McIntyre’s sources of inspiration as well as her methods, offering an aesthetic guide to composition, color, texture and all of the other means of communication that artists have at their disposal. While these concepts and techniques make use of Photoshop, they will apply to any digital imaging program and indeed to any medium, whether traditional or digital. Featuring McIntyre’s own art as well as that of artists around the globe, Visual Alchemy is an invitation to discover the artistic possibilities of picture making through digital montage.
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The Kitchy Kitchen

New Classics for Living Deliciously

Author: Claire Thomas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476710759

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 7641

A playful and delicious cookbook from the host of ABC’s Food for Thought with Claire Thomas and creator of the much loved food blog The Kitchy Kitchen. Every cook needs an arsenal of staples, whether for the perfect dinner party entrée to wow a crowd, or throw-it-together lunches for lazy afternoons…but we all know that the real fun comes in making basic recipes your own. The Kitchy Kitchen is tastemaker Claire Thomas’s solution for amping up your everyday culinary routine, introducing her approach to her own kitchen: loose, personal, unfussy, and most of all, fun. With new takes on classic favorites—think adding farmer’s market peaches to upgrade a BLT, spicing up tempura cauliflower with a zesty harissa sauce, or transforming basic red velvet cupcakes into decadent pancakes—this cookbook is filled with fresh, produce-driven recipes for every skill set and occasion. It’s your best friend and personal chef, all rolled into one. Gorgeously illustrated and peppered with stylish entertaining tips and quirky essays that will inspire you to take the recipes you love and make them new, The Kitchy Kitchen will make your life in the kitchen a little easier, a little more fabulous, and positively delicious.
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Mechanics of Granular Media

Author: Aleksandr F. Revuzhenko

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540338710

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 308

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This monograph covers phenomena of deformation and machining of granular media: macroscopic particles of different size, shape, and surface properties which typically exhibit behavior similar to fluids, as well as the behavior of solids under deformation. The book analyses the behavior of granular media in soils, rocks and stones, metals and various synthetic materials, presenting a theoretical description, applications and understanding of basic phenomena in granular matter.
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The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy

The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview

Author: Gregory Bassham,Jerry L. Walls,William Irwin

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812698096

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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The Chronicles of Narnia series has entertained millions of readers, both children and adults, since the appearance of the first book in 1950. Here, scholars turn the lens of philosophy on these timeless tales. Engagingly written for a lay audience, these essays consider a wealth of topics centered on the ethical, spiritual, mythic, and moral resonances in the adventures of Aslan, the Pevensie children, and the rest of the colorful cast. Do the spectacular events in Narnia give readers a simplistic view of human choice and decision making? Does Aslan offer a solution to the problem of evil? What does the character of Susan tell readers about Lewis’s view of gender? How does Lewis address the Nietzschean “master morality” embraced by most of the villains of the Chronicles? With these and a wide range of other questions, this provocative book takes a fresh view of the world of Narnia and expands readers’ experience of it.
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The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer

Author: Louis Kaplan

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816651566

Category: Photography

Page: 264

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In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghostsa or so he claimed. Faint images of the dearly departed lurked in the background with the living, like his well-known photo of the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln comforting Mary Todd. The practice came to be known as spirit photography, and some believed Mumler was channeling the dead. Skeptics, however, called it a fraudulent trick on the gullible, taking advantage of the grieving at a time of suffering and loss. Mumlera s insistence that his work brought back the dead led to a sensational trial in 1869 that was the talk of the nation.
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How to Raise the Perfect Dog

Through Puppyhood and Beyond

Author: Cesar Millan,Melissa Jo Peltier

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307461315

Category: Pets

Page: 320

View: 5147

From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog. For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, "Yes, you can raise the perfect dog!" It all starts with the proper foundation in the early years. Here, Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best environment for a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future, and shows you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs. Based on Cesar’s own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together. Packed with new information aimed specifically at the particular needs of puppies and adolescents, and written in Cesar's friendly, accessible style, How to Raise the Perfect Dog answers all the most commonly asked questions and guides you towards a loving, satisfying life-long relationship with your best friend. #1 New York Times bestselling author, Cesar Millan shows you how to raise the perfect dog and prevent behavior issues before they start, including: • what to expect from each stage of your puppy's development • quick and easy housebreaking • the essentials of proper nutrition • the importance of vaccinating–and of not over-vaccinating • creating perfect obedience from day one through rules, boundaries, and calm-assertive leadership • how to avoid the most common mistakes owners make raising puppies and young dogs • how to correct any issue before it becomes a problem • unique exercises and play to bring out the best in every breed From the Hardcover edition.
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The Good Web Guide

Author: Arabella Dymoke

Publisher: The Good Web Guide Ltd

ISBN: 9781903282465

Category: Internet addresses

Page: 192

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This guide has been completely revised and updated. The authors have revisited all the websites recommended in the first edition and cut out the dead wood, bringing the book thoroughly up to date. It is aimed at every family and household.
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Plato's Ghost

Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Author: Cathy Gutierrez

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199889139

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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In its day, spiritualism brought hundreds of thousands of Americans to s?ance tables and trance lectures. It has alternately been ridiculed as the apogee of fatuous credulity and hailed as a feminist movement. Its tricks have been exposed, its charlatans unmasked, and its heroes' names lost to posterity. In its day, however, its leaders were household names and politicians worried about capturing the Spiritualist vote. Cathy Gutierrez places Spiritualism in the context of the 19th-century American Renaissance. Although this epithet usually signifies the sudden blossoming of American letters, Gutierrez points to its original meaning: a cultural imagination enraptured with the past and the classics in particular, accompanied by a cultural efflorescence. Spiritualism, she contends, was the religious articulation of the American Renaissance, and the ramifications of looking backward for advice about the present were far-reaching. The Spiritualist movement, says Gutierrez, was a 'renaissance of the Renaissance,' a culture in love with history as much as it trumpeted progress and futurity, and an expression of what constituted religious hope among burgeoning technology and colonialism. Rejecting Christian ideas about salvation, Spiritualists embraced Platonic and Neoplatonic ideas. Humans were shot through with the divine, rather than seen as helpless and inexorably corrupt sinners in the hands of a transcendent, angry God. Gutierrez's study of this fascinating and important movement is organized thematically. She analyzes Spiritualist conceptions of memory, marriage, medicine, and minds, explores such phenomena as machines for contacting the dead, spirit-photography, the idea of eternal spiritual affinity (which implied the necessity for marriage reform), the connection between health and spirituality, and mesmerism.
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The Stamp Artist's Project Book

85 Projects to Make and Decorate

Author: Sharilyn Miller

Publisher: Rockport Pub

ISBN: 9781564967626

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 176

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Includes how-to information for projects: steno pad covers ; paper mobile ; "ex libris" bookplates ; wild things postcards ; votive candleholders ; whale greeting cards ; artistamps ; foam-stamped greeting cards ; trading cards ; stamped gift bags and tags ; mail art ; accordion-fold book ; wedding gift box ; tag art ;paper clock ; Asian gift box ; elegant brooches ; double-cover bound books ; paper art dolls ; framed watercolor painting ; ribbon ; block-printed silk scarf ; roll-up beads ; coffee napkin ; canvas tote bag ; pillow beads ; pillow bead necklace ; stamped and embossed diary ; stamped table setting ; canvas director's chair ; jungle shower curtain ; stamped curtain ; tablecloth and felt table topper ; canvas wine bottle bag ; muslin pillow ; stamped velvet book ; velvet embossed throw ; velvet embossed pillows ; fabric art dolls ; Fortuny velvet pillows.
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Imagining Numbers

(particularly the square root of minus fifteen)

Author: Barry Mazur

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429931469

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

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How the elusive imaginary number was first imagined, and how to imagine it yourself Imagining Numbers (particularly the square root of minus fifteen) is Barry Mazur's invitation to those who take delight in the imaginative work of reading poetry, but may have no background in math, to make a leap of the imagination in mathematics. Imaginary numbers entered into mathematics in sixteenth-century Italy and were used with immediate success, but nevertheless presented an intriguing challenge to the imagination. It took more than two hundred years for mathematicians to discover a satisfactory way of "imagining" these numbers. With discussions about how we comprehend ideas both in poetry and in mathematics, Mazur reviews some of the writings of the earliest explorers of these elusive figures, such as Rafael Bombelli, an engineer who spent most of his life draining the swamps of Tuscany and who in his spare moments composed his great treatise "L'Algebra". Mazur encourages his readers to share the early bafflement of these Renaissance thinkers. Then he shows us, step by step, how to begin imagining, ourselves, imaginary numbers.
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Digital Dreams: Exploring the Computer as an Art Medium

Author: Harry Borgman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477181326

Category: Art

Page: 80

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Harry Borgman's professional career has spanned many fields including graphic design, cartooning and illustration. He was art director on the Chevrolet account at Campbell - Ewald advertising agency and the Chariman of the Advertising Department at the Society of Arts and Crafts ( now the College for Creative Studies ). He has written several art technique books for Watson Guptill Publications, Dover Publications recently reprinting his book "Pen and Pencil Drawing Techniques." For many years he worked as a freelance artist in Detroit, New York and Paris, France. As a painter he works in the watercolor and acrylic mediums and is also very active as a sculptor, doing wood carvings as well as wood and metal constructions. Recently he has been experimenting with the computer medium, currently creating photomontages and collages on the computer for a proposed exhibition.
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The Blank Swan

The End of Probability

Author: Elie Ayache

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470661765

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

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October 19th 1987 was a day of huge change for the global finance industry. On this day the stock market crashed, the Nobel Prize winning Black-Scholes formula failed and volatility smiles were born, and on this day Elie Ayache began his career, on the trading floor of the French Futures and Options Exchange. Experts everywhere sought to find a model for this event, and ways to simulate it in order to avoid a recurrence in the future, but the one thing that struck Elie that day was the belief that what actually happened on 19th October 1987 is simply non reproducible outside 19th October 1987 – you cannot reduce it to a chain of causes and effects, or even to a random generator, that can then be reproduced or represented in a theoretical framework. The Blank Swan is Elie's highly original treatise on the financial markets – presenting a totally revolutionary rethinking of derivative pricing and technology. It is not a diatribe against Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan, but criticises the whole background or framework of predictable and unpredictable events – white and black swans alike - , i.e. the very category of prediction. In this revolutionary book, Elie redefines the components of the technology needed to price and trade derivatives. Most importantly, and drawing on a long tradition of philosophy of the event from Henri Bergson to Gilles Deleuze, to Alain Badiou, and on a recent brand of philosophy of contingency, embodied by the speculative materialism of Quentin Meillassoux, Elie redefines the market itself against the common perceptions of orthodox financial theory, general equilibrium theory and the sociology of finance. This book will change the way that we think about derivatives and approach the market. If anything derivatives should be renamed contingent claims, where contingency is now absolute and no longer derivative, and the market is just its medium. The book also establishes the missing link between quantitative modelling (no longer dependent on probability theory but on a novel brand of mathematics which Elie calls the mathematics of price) and the reality of the market.
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