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Dominion: Can Nature and Culture Co-Exist?--Niles Eldredge
Musuem curator Niles Eldredge here details the evolutionary background of the human species, with an eye toward our prospects for future survival. This history is painted in the context of climate change, ecosystem change, and the resulting effects on various species...whether extinction or adaptation. In the unique case of homo sapiens, we have brought cultural evolution into play as a deciding force for our survival--so far. But our domination over the natural world now approaches the limits of what that world can sustain. And as the rest of the planet's species die off with the habitat we destroy, we are left with the certainty that this game we have played so successfully cannot go on for much longer. Fortunately there is one more strategy we can bring into play, if we choose: the power of a new story. Genesis has had its day, but it's no longer sustainable. The new story must be more like the old story of the forest-dwellers, who knew that their lives depended on the complete web of life around them.

The Inheritors--William Golding
Golding (author of Lord of the Flies) has taken the age-old mystery of the Neanderthals a step further. He has entered the mind and soul and nascent "culture" of a species of proto-humans, at a time and place of first contact with the true humans--those we would likely call today, the Cro-Magnon. In the balance, we are left to wonder more deeply than ever before, what is it to be "truly human"?

The Tree Where Man Was Born--Peter Matthiessen
Africa in the sixties is the scene of this early Matthiessen journey. How stark and poignant are the beauty of the land and people in the face of an eroding way of life: a process familiar now to every continent on earth. Of particular interest here is the archeological significance of East Africa in the search for human origins--and the author's portrayal of the living remnants of the most ancient races of humankind.

The Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy--Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.
A book which can help you reorient your life energy to the pulse of your heart, when it might be on a disaster course following the chaotic demands of a restless and insecure brain. Pearsall has wide experience with heart transplant patients, and shares many case histories demonstrating the transfer of various kinds of memories along with the transplanted heart. He surveys current research in the field of cardio-energetics and helps us attune to a new self-definition that widens our boundaries and offers a way out of our constrictive habits of head and heart.

Conscious Eating--Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
...Cousens has that rare ability to hold a radical view--Eat Live Foods for Better Health!--with humor and compassion for those he aims to convince. This book contains a wealth of research supporting his program, and an open minded reader cannot ignore the power of the author's personal experience with the diet he recommends. You may not change your eating habits tomorrow--but you will certainly think about them, during and after reading this book. Your eating, for better or worse, will become conscious. The rest is up to you!

Bioenergetics--Alexander Lowen
...This student of Reich (himself a ground-breaking student of Freud) outlines with a comprehensive and experienced view, the importance of body-consciousness. The way we hold ourselves, the way we move, our locked-in fears and habitual armoring: all are subject to healing change through awareness, movement, energetic release.

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness--Edward Abbey
...Literary man turned wild man, via a stint as park ranger in Utah canyonlands desert. Pithy natural description, impassioned diatribe against civilization and comic caricature of 60's tourists, heart-to-heart confessional of man on earth, cowboy stories and survival scrapes, rafting and rock-scrambling and humble wandering/wondering under the bleak blissful starry sky.

Somatics: Reawakening the Mindís Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health--Thomas Hanna
...Crucial insight into the mind-body connection for resolving back pain and associated dysfunction. Teaches awareness of muscle tension, with exercises to increase flexibility and natural relaxation.

Kauai Trails--Kathy Morley
...Every trail on the island, it seems, is covered here: a bit overwhelming before ever setting foot on the "Garden Isle," but useful as a reference once the trekking begins. Includes a wonderfully informative capsule history of Hawaii, copious plant identifications, and interesting local legends attached to places.

Minding the Body, Mending the Mind--Joan Borysenko
...An early work by the noted doctor and writer, outlining twelve key strategies and principles for healing the body-mind-spirit.

Ageless Body, Timeless Mind--Deepak Chopra
...Just when I was thinking Leonard Orr was off-the-wall with this immortality stuff, along comes the talk-show doctor to give us respectable evidence that our life, health, and even our so-called death, are really up to us: at least to a far greater degree than we usually imagine.

You Can Heal Your Life--Louise L. Hay
...the classic self-help book lists affirmations for every ailment. Donít believe it? Read Hayís short biography at the end and think again.

High Energy--Ron Krakovitz
...complete diagnosis and remedies for fatigue. Food allergies are major culprits, also poor dietary habits, and stress from negative-ego beliefs and attachments.

The Dynamic Laws of Healing-Catherine Ponder
...It's all within our (greater) power. Really a SpiritWorld selection, but the focus here is health and its roots in spritual outlook, attitude and practice.

Wilderness Man: The Strange Story of Grey Owl--Lovat Dickson
...Archie Belaney's editor gives a sympathetic, behind-the-scenes look at the Englishman gone native. A tantalizing glimpse of a world just before the conquest, in this century.

Northern Bushcraft--Mors Kochanski
...this man knows bushcraft, lives and teaches it, writes clearly and illustrates well. What to read on How to survive in the wilderness.

Vital Dust: Life as a Cosmic Imperative--Christian de Duve
...noted scientist provides overview of evolutionary miracle

Touching the Void--Joe Simpson
...fantastic, true account of survival despite broken leg on Andean peak

Mutant Message Downunder--Marlo Morgan
...learning what the oldest humans have to tell us


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