Born in Africa

The Quest for the Origins of Human Life


Author: Martin Meredith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857206672

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1543

Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind and the dawn of civilisation. Through a century of archaeological investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding of the beginnings of human life, although vital clues still remain hidden. In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about our human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, as well as describing the history of scholarship in this incredibly exciting field. He relates the intense rivalries, personal feuds and fierce controversies that shaped the study and perception of Africa, and recounts the feats of skill and endurance that have illuminated thousands of years of human evolution. The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans and firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind, but also of our own species: homo sapiens, the modern human. Scientific study has revealed how early technology, language ability and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa, and scientists have shown how, in an exodus sixty thousand years ago, small groups of Africans left their birthplace to populate the rest of the world. We all have an African legacy, and in this fascinating and informative book Martin Meredith leads us back to the place where we have rediscovered our common human heritage.

Against Violence Against Women

The Case for Gender as a Protected Class


Author: Rona M. Fields

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137310642

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 5966

"This is about the targeted destruction of Women. It is an argument for establishing Gender as a protected class under the Genocide Convention. Cases are explored, historically, anthropologically, psychologically and sociologically. Some case histories of individual women are told in their own voices, Others are recounted from the author's extensive field research and sill other chapter are focused on morbidity, mortality and demographic documentation data. Several chapters deal with international human rights law discussions among lawyers, prominent human rights advocates. Photos Taken mostly by the author are included. The audience anticipated are academicians in the social sciences and law, human rights advocates and activists, men and women concerned with preventing atrocities and with administering justice domestically and internationally. At this time, the YWCA nationally has, as is social justice agenda, Violence Against Women and has been sponsoring this and other programs on the issue. President Obama signed, in December, 2010, legislation on Violence Against Women and many European and Latin American countries are already signatory to the Unite Nations Convention on Violence Against Women."--Provided by publisher.

Evolutionary Psychology

An Introduction


Author: Lance Workman,Will Reader

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107783100

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

View: 4768

Written for undergraduate psychology students, and assuming little knowledge of evolutionary science, the third edition of this classic textbook provides an essential introduction to evolutionary psychology. Fully updated with the latest research and new learning features, it provides a thought-provoking overview of evolution and illuminates the evolutionary foundation of many of the broader topics taught in psychology departments. The text retains its balanced and critical evaluation of hypotheses and full coverage of the fundamental topics required for undergraduates. This new edition includes more material on the social and reproductive behaviour of non-human primates, morality, cognition, development and culture as well as new photos, illustrations, text boxes and thought questions to support student learning. Some 280 online multiple choice questions complete the student questioning package. This new material complements the classic features of this text, which include suggestions for further reading, chapter summaries, a glossary, and two-colour figures throughout.

Thoughts on the New South Africa


Author: Neville Alexander

Publisher: Jacana Media

ISBN: 1431405868

Category: HISTORY

Page: 221

View: 5744

Thoughts on the New South Africa is a collection of essays which Alexander brought together just before his death. It reflects on the main issues that preoccupied him throughout his life and sheds light on South African society today. The three main issues included the fundamental necessity for South Africans to move away from race consciousness and think along the lines of far more real and relevant categories of class, gender and language; the importance of children learning to read, write and think in their own mother tongue while understanding the need for mastery in an internation

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit


Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 968

Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

A History of the Christian Tradition

From Its Jewish Origins to the Reformation


Author: Thomas D. McGonigle,Thomas C. McGonigle,James F. Quigley

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809129645

Category: Religion

Page: 218

View: 4468

An overview of Christian beliefs and practices across the centuries with an emphasis on tradition and the evolution of belief.

Water, Birth and Sexuality

Our primeval connection to water and its use in labour and therapy


Author: Michel Odent


ISBN: 1905570732

Category: Medical

Page: 156

View: 7524

‘After the historic student revolt in France a period of audacious creativity resulted. The watchword was: “It is forbidden to forbid”. We took advantage of this transient cultural folly to do what would have been impossible ten years before or ten years after, introducing in the maternity unit of a state hospital an inflatable outdoor pool as a way to replace drugs during birth.’ – from the Introduction In this groundbreaking book, Dr Odent takes as his starting point the world-famous work on childbirth at Pithiviers, where he first noticed the strong attraction to water that many women have during labour. As well as discovering the practical advantages of water during the birthing process, he began to consider the meaning and importance of water as a symbol. Water, Birth and Sexuality examines the living power of water and its erotic connotations. Odent evaluates what water meant in different cultures throughout history, through myths and legends, and what it means for us today: from an advertiser’s tool to a metaphor for aspects of the psyche. He also studies humanity’s special relationship to dolphins, and the related ‘aquatic ape’ theory. A practical section on the use of water during birth and in various therapies, particularly sex therapy, is included. This edition of this classic work features a new Introduction.

Science in the Contemporary World

An Encyclopedia


Author: Eric Gottfrid Swedin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851095241

Category: Reference

Page: 382

View: 9671

This work is a unique introductory A–Z resource detailing the scientific achievements of the contemporary world and analyzing the key scientific trends, discoveries, and personalities of the modern age. * Over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from plate tectonics to the first Moon landings * More than 40 stunning photographs providing a unique pictorial chronicle of the achievements of modern science

The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey

Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans


Author: Christopher Beard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520233697

Category: Science

Page: 348

View: 8386

A leading authority on the primate fossile record sheds new light on the human evolutionary tree, reconstructing the early roots of modern-day humans, offering a compelling new vision of anthropoid evolution, and analyzing the relationship between humans and other primates.

Living the Justice of the Triune God


Author: David N. Power,Michael Downey

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680461

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 9591

This groundbreaking book is distinctive for the explicit attention it gives to the communal, intersubjective, cultural, and linguistic embodiment of the workings of God in the world. It emphasizes not simply acting justly but living with, in, and from the justice of the triune God by which we are justified. Finally, it offers an important sacramental and liturgical grounding to the Christian understanding of both justice and the triune God. David N. Power and Michael Downey make clear to contemporary believers why a spiritual and sacramental life that is ordered by its trinitarian orientation must include the desire for justice. In short, it is an ethic of social justice that springs from contemplation of the Divine Trinity in the world.

The Quest for Humanity in Science and Religion

The South African Experience


Author: Augustine Shutte

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781875053568

Category: Humanity

Page: 326

View: 7827

These essays by a group of South African researchers from diverse cultural backgrounds - bring to light a transcendent dimension of our human nature that is often overlooked in the international science-and-religion debate. This is a dimension of our humanity that transcends what the sciences are able to study because it is what enables us to be the creators and judges of science. It is also what endows us with the freedom and responsibility of deciding which, if any, religion to follow. These essays bring together insights, drawn from both European and African traditions of thought, that illuminate this ultimately mysterious dimension of our humanity.

God for All

The Biblical Foundation of Universal Grace


Author: Arch B. Taylor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630870730

Category: Religion

Page: 410

View: 7259

God our Savior desires everyone to be saved (1Tim 2:4). Does God get what God wants? Yes, but-- depending on how we read the Bible. The Bible is universal: One God, Sovereign Creator of everything, especially humanity in God's image, God's partner to manage creation. Science and evolution say humanity evolved, gradually acquiring superior capabilities. We have yet to transcend animal nature and acknowledge oneness of creation under God. Humans exploited our semi-divine status, becoming alienated. God chose Israelites/Jews for blessing and reconciling humanity. They exploited chosenness, so God sent the Jew Jesus to reveal God's gracious concern for all people. Roman political and Jewish religious power killed Jesus, but he appeared resurrected to his disciples, who proclaimed him Savior. God gave another Jew, Paul, a vision of Jesus resurrected and appointed him to proclaim God's reconciliation to Gentiles. Paul taught that through the faithfulness of Jesus, Gentiles too become God's people and share Israel's blessings without becoming Jews. All who experience reconciliation share Jesus's partnership with God. We toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe (1 Tim 4:10).

Rise of the Dragon

Readings from Nature on the Chinese Fossil Record


Author: Henry Gee

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226284910

Category: Science

Page: 262

View: 475

Over the past decade, fossil finds from China have stunned the world, grabbing headlines and changing perceptions with a wealth of new discoveries. Many of these finds were first announced to English speakers in the journal Nature.Rise of the Dragon gathers together sixteen of these original reports, some augmented with commentaries originally published in Nature's "News and Views" section. Perhaps the best known of these new Chinese fossils are the famous feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning Province, which may help end one of the most intense debates in paleontology—whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. But other finds have been just as spectacular, such as the minutely preserved (to the cellular level) animal embryos of the 670 million-year-old Duoshantuo phosphorites, or the world's oldest known fish, from the Chengjiang formation in southwestern Yunnan Province. Rise of the Dragon makes descriptions and detailed discussions of these important finds available in one convenient volume for paleontologists and serious fossil fans.

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Philosophy


Author: A. S. McGrade

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521000635

Category: History

Page: 405

View: 5329

This volume, first published in 2003, spans a millennium of thought extending from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and into the fourteenth century.

Encyclopedia of African Religion


Author: Molefi Kete Asante,Ama Mazama

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412936365

Category: Religion

Page: 866

View: 7154

Collects almost five hundred entries that cover the African response to spirituality, taboos, ethics, sacred space, and objects.

The Forgotten Exodus the Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution


Author: Bruce Fenton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781642048155

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

View: 7919

Is it time to rethink the fundamental claims of the Out of Africa Hypothesis? Do the most recent discoveries in archaeology and evolutionary genetics support the consensus narrative on human origins?The `Into Africa Theory¿ is a bold new evolutionary hypothesis, one that emerged from a five-year-long detailed re-examination of the available peer-reviewed academic studies. This paradigm displacing theory of human origins unites hundreds of key sources, carefully fitting each piece of data into the correct location. This book offers a near completion of the most complex jig-saw puzzle known, the story of Homo sapiens prehistoric journey.Changing a scientific paradigm is no easy business, it is almost impossible to break through the iron curtain of scientific certainty that currently surrounds the Out of Africa Theory. Virtually every news story mentioning human origins begins with the clarifying statement `after humans emerged from Africa 50 ¿ 120 thousand years ago¿ before saying another word. There is a strong knee-jerk reaction to any claims disagreeing with such statements. Both the public and the scientific community have come to view the Out of Africa model as a collection of basic historical facts.Please put aside any possible intellectual prejudice or immediate knee-jerk reactions, keep an open mind. Examine the reviews left by previous readers, and then perhaps take the time to read the book for yourself.It is time to cast our eyes eastwards towards Southeast Asia and Australasia ¿ it is there we find the seeds of a new paradigm in evolutionary science.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: A-F


Author: Donald Haase

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313334429

Category: Fairy tales

Page: 1160

View: 9718

Provides alphabetically arranged entries on folk and fairy tales from around the world, including information on authors, subjects, themes, characters, and national traditions.

The Mara Crossing


Author: Ruth Padel

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409027422

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 8719

Home is where you start from, but where is a swallow's real home? And what does 'native' mean if the English oak is an immigrant from Spain? In ninety richly varied poems and illuminating prose interludes, Ruth Padel's original new book weaves science, myth, wild nature and human history to conjure a world created and sustained by migration. 'We're all from somewhere else,' she begins, tracing the millennia-old journeys of cells, trees, birds and beasts. Geese battle raging winds over Mount Everest, lemurs skim precipices in Madagascar and wildebeest, at the climax of their epic trek from Tanzania, brave a river filled with the largest, hungriest crocodiles in Africa. Human migration has shaped civilisation but today is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. In a series of incisive portraits, Padel turns to the struggles of human displacement - the Flight into Egypt, John James Audubon emigrating to America (feeding migrant birds en route), migrant workers in Mumbai and refugees labouring over a drastically changing planet - to show how the purpose of migration, for both humans and animals, is survival. Poignant, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, here is a magnificent tapestry of life on the move from the acclaimed author of Darwin: A Life in Poems.