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Survival, Wilderness, and Health
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Survival, Wilderness, and Health
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.
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"?
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.
Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy--Paul
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.
...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
...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.
Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness--Edward
...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
Reawakening the Mindís Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health--Thomas
...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.
...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.
the Body, Mending the Mind--Joan
...An early work by the noted doctor
and writer, outlining twelve key strategies and principles for
healing the body-mind-spirit.
Body, Timeless Mind--Deepak
...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.
Can Heal Your Life--Louise
...the classic self-help book lists
affirmations for every ailment. Donít believe it? Read Hayís short
biography at the end and think again.
...complete diagnosis and remedies for
fatigue. Food allergies are major culprits, also poor dietary
habits, and stress from negative-ego beliefs and attachments.
Dynamic Laws of Healing-Catherine
...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.
Man: The Strange Story of Grey Owl--Lovat
...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.
...this man knows bushcraft, lives and
teaches it, writes clearly and illustrates well. What to read
on How to survive in the wilderness.
Dust: Life as a Cosmic Imperative--Christian
...noted scientist provides overview
of evolutionary miracle
...fantastic, true account of survival
despite broken leg on Andean peak
...learning what the oldest humans have
to tell us
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