An “invaluable, encyclopedic achievement” (Times Literary Supplement best books of 2015), Cosmosapiens looks at how human life emerged and evolved in the universe, incorporating the ideas of experts from a wide range of intellectual disciplines. Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began and how we as humans evolved to play such a dominant role on Earth? John Hands’ extraordinarily ambitious book merges scientific knowledge from multiple disciplines and evaluates without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, consciousness, and mankind. The result, a “pearl of dialectical reasoning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), provides the most comprehensive account yet of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest possible prose it differentiates the firmly established from the speculative and examines the claims of various fields to approach a unified theory of everything. In doing so it challenges the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma. Its “shocking and invigorating” analysis (Daily Telegraph, A Best Science Book of 2015) reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the unique emergence in humans of a self-reflective consciousness that enables us to determine our future evolution. This groundbreaking book is destined to become a classic of scientific thinking.
Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began and how we as humans evolved to play such a dominant role on Earth? John Hands’ extraordinarily ambitious book merges scientific knowledge from multiple disciplines and evaluates without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, consciousness, and mankind. The result, a “pearl of dialectical reasoning†? (Publishers Weekly, starred review), provides the most comprehensive account yet of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest possible prose it differentiates the firmly established from the speculative and examines the claims of various fields to approach a unified theory of everything. In doing so it challenges the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma. Its “shocking and invigorating†? analysis (Daily Telegraph, A Best Science Book of 2015) reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the unique emergence in humans of a self-reflective consciousness that enables us to determine our future evolution. This groundbreaking book is destined to become a classic of scientific thinking.
The Cosmos is merging at a stellar speed; constantly expanding and evolving, are we here, and no one else; are there forces at work we know nothing about? Humanity, has been surrounded by a radiant celestial, ecological, physiological and psychological, emersion into a final flawless reality. Life on Earth has been of the most profound society to evolve into universal wisdom, with perfect consciousness as the cosmos and the hereafter merge into our dimension. Humanity...just a decade after an era of a psychic awakening that rocked our axis, and has created a “Concrete Paradise” a civilization on one planet in complete unison, once again, we are on the threshold of yet another consciousness. We are not at all who we think we are. It is in the middle of fall in the picturesque utopia in what had been known as the east coast of the United States. The world is in a complete state of equanimity, the cycle of life goes on.
Your Guide to Genuine Prosperity, Authentic Leadership and a Better World
Author: Brandon Peele
Publisher: Balboa Press
Are you ready for a fulfilling, prosperous career, a life you love and a better world? Unleashing your higher purpose is a scientifically-validated method to achieve breakthrough success, and change the world. Planet on Purpose takes you deep into the question of your higher purpose. Leveraging the extensive research on purpose (and it's relationship to leadership, impact, success, love and a better world), you'll be guided into a clear vision of what your life will look like when you are on fire with your higher purpose. This book will empower you to unleash the scientifically-validated benefits of higher purpose in your career, love life and health: CAREER: realize higher levels of income, wealth, abundance (+47%), leadership effectiveness (+63%), fulfillment (+64%), engagement (4x) and productivity (5x) LOVE LIFE: experience more attraction and love (+31%) HEALTH: unlock the secret to vitality and longevity (+7 years) Further, you will try on a vision for how we can purposefully regenerate our planet economically, politically, culturally and ecologically. Praise for Planet on Purpose: "If you imagine yourself as a world leader, let Planet on Purpose be your field guide." CHIP CONLEY, Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Emotional Equations "Planet on Purpose is a MUST read for women as we emerge in powerful, impactful ways in the world." CHARLENE TOSI, Founder, Woman Within International, Author, Discover Your Woman Within: A Journey to Wholeness "...the most comprehensive book about higher purpose ever written." TIM KELLEY, Author, True Purpose, and Founder, True Purpose® Institute "Brandon Peele brings passion, insight, and data to the question of purpose." RACHEL SLAYBAUGH PhD, Asst. Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Program Director ARPA-E, US Department of Energy "The Purpose Economy is in full swing. Brandon's book articulates... how you can ride this wave to make your highest contribution." AARON HURST, CEO, Imperative, Author, The Purpose Economy "Brandon's personal embodiment of his purpose is proof positive that his big mind, wide-eyed, open-hearted vision is possible." SUSAN LUCCI, Purpose GuideTM, Co-author, Purpose Rising "My advice: devour this amazing book... It's that powerful. Come play, be legendary, the world needs you." BILL KAUTH, Co-founder, The ManKind Project, Author, A Circle of Men "Brandon's... arguments are compelling and, for the skeptics, he also includes the research that backs up what he asserts." SRIKUMAR RAO PhD, TED Speaker, Author, Finding Happiness at Work Please see link below for book trailer: https://vimeo.com/260072790
'Hugely enjoyable' - Spectator 'A lucid, elegantly written and thought-provoking social and intellectual history' - Evening Standard 'As a historian trying to put Darwin in the context of his time, there is surely no better biographer than Wilson' - The Times 'A work of scholarship that is hard to put down' - Deborah Cadbury Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers? In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin. Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything. But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of nature's grand plan? Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.
Demonstrating that humanity faces an imminent and prolonged global food crisis, Michael Brownlee issues a clarion call and manifesto for a revolutionary movement to localize the global food supply. He lays out a practical guide for those who hope to navigate the challenging process of shaping the local or regional food system, providing a roadmap for embarking on the process of righting the profoundly unsustainable and already-failing global industrialized food system. Written to inform, inspire, and empower anyone—farmers or ranchers, community gardeners, aspiring food entrepreneurs, supply chain venturers, commercial food buyers, restaurateurs, investors, community food activists, non-profit agencies, policy makers, or local government leaders—who hopes to be a catalyst for change, this book provides a blueprint for economic action, with specific suggestions that make the process more conscious and deliberate. Brownlee, cofounder of the nonprofit Local Food Shift Group, maps out the underlying process of food localization and outlines the route that communities, regions, and foodsheds often follow in their efforts to take control of food production and distribution. By sharing the strategies that have proven successful, he charts a practical path forward while indicating approaches that otherwise might be invisible and unexplored. Stories and interviews illustrate how food localization is happening on the ground and in the field. Essays and thought-pieces explore some of the challenging ethical, moral, economic, and social dilemmas and thresholds that might arise as the local food shift develops. For anyone who wants to understand, in concrete terms, the unique challenges and extraordinary opportunities that present themselves as we address one of the most urgent issues of our time, The Local Food Revolution is an indispensable resource. From the Trade Paperback edition.
At a time of growing housing crisis in Britain this republication of John Hands's classic Housing Co-operatives could not be timelier. It provides a unique mixture of theory and practice, showing from other countries and from the author's own experience how housing co-operatives can work and how they can fail. In a new Introduction John Hands argues that the creation of a third tenure for housing in Britain distinct from both individual owner occupation on the one hand and tenancy-whether from private or social landlord-on the other hand is urgently needed. The par value housing co-operative provides the residents with all the benefits of ownership in terms of control and decision-making, but it is housing for use, not property for investment. Moreover, as the book shows, a well-structured co-operative promotes the development of community values based on mutual aid and shared responsibility for their homes and immediate neighbourhood. REVIEWS "This is a book for those who believe in the power of people to shape their own lives." -The Catholic Herald "Shock, horror, drama. A new book is out about housing which says it's all about people and not about social engineering or investing for your old age...it's by John Hands who has actually succeeded in doing what he's talking about, which is to set up co-operative housing schemes that actually work." -The Guardian John Hands' timely and exemplary guide is marvellous...this is a book for all concerned in with the role of and effects of housing in this society of ours." -The Architects' Journal "A most powerful mixture of common sense and idealism, a practical man's gospel and a visionary's handbook...this is a book intended to influence events here and now." -Building "The most comprehensive account we have of co-operative principles applied to housing, the experience of other countries, and the possibilities...John Hands' book is going to be indispensable." -Colin Ward in Municipal Engineering "He shows how housing co-ops could offer, in the immediate future, a valuable alternative form of social ownership in housing, enabling people to collectively own and control one of their fundamental human rights-housing-on the basis of mutual aid rather than individual gain or distant bureaucracy." -Housing Review "The strengths and pitfalls of a co-operative framework for housing are made admirably clear." -Architectural Design "A unique mixture, thorough and practically written by a person who has spent the last seven years working full-time in developing and managing housing co-operatives... One feels that a penetrating mind has been brought to bear on the subject and the book will be of great use not only to both professionals and tenants but also to anyone who cares about one of the common ills of today-the alienation and loneliness of individuals in modern urban society." -Voluntary Housing "Housing managers will find the book not only a valuable and interesting source of practical information about housing co-operatives, but also stimulating and provocative in its penetrating observations on recent housing policies and on social and community problems besetting modern urban society." -Housing Monthly "The importance of this book is that it not only states clearly what needs to be done but goes on to discuss in detail how it is to be done... This is a book to study and discuss." -Co-operative News "The major contribution his book should make to what we call the British Co-operative Movement should be one of challenge and stimulation." -Co-operative Review "John Hands has recently published an important book on housing co-operatives in which he surveys his experiences and findings...he does not shrink from employing a critical yardstick to housing co-operatives in other countries and outlines his views about the practical action to be taken in present and future circumstances." -International Co-operative Alliance Housing Bulletin