The Short, Mad Reign of Humanity

Author: Marc Silva

Publisher: iUniverse


Category: Fiction

Page: 376

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Tabloid journalist Peter Woods was only trying to get the story on the little known Canadian Civil War and break out of the obscurity that was his career. He got more than he bargained for when he met up with a former associate, the evil Dr. Sanchez. Aided by two genetically engineered children, Woods escaped the arctic hell only to back into an academic mystery that had been covered up for some 500 years by D'Enzi, a fanatical sect long disavowed by the Catholic Church. When Woods runs afoul of rebel astronomer, Max Mason, he also befriends a notorious Portuguese assassin in Key West who helps him recover a partial diary by an unknown Spanish sailor named Gonzalez. In those pages, Woods believes, lies the key to the mystery. But first, Woods must enlist the help of Rabbi Birnbaum, college professor and lacrosse coach, and then he must outrace both D'Enzi and Max Mason to get to the explosive truth.

Short History of Human Error

from 3,000 BC to the present day

Author: Oliver Thomson

Publisher: Arena books


Category: History

Page: 365

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This is a candid, sometimes controversial study of the psychological or other flaws of political, religious and economic leaders from ancient times to the present day: from Rameses II to Colonel Gaddafi, from Genghis Khan to Stalin and Hitler, from Buddha or Saint Paul to Martin Luther or Ron Hubbard, from bipolar, insecure, asthmatic or sex-addicted presidents to alcoholic prime ministers, mad kings, obese emperors and kleptomaniac dictators. Amongst their followers we find psychopathic police chiefs, gay generals, crazed philosophers, epileptic prophets and ludomaniac business- men. We look at how the minor personality disorders and health problems of the few have led frequently to considerable misery for the many.Without slavish adherence to the latest psychiatric fashions the author uses at least some of these concepts to help analyse the anti-social behaviour traits of leaders past and present and to assess the degree to which their mental or physical state contributed to most of the world's worst man-made disasters: wars, genocides, famines, persecutions, enslavements and recessions.We consider the questions: How many millions died because the Archangel Gabriel supposedly appeared to both the Virgin Mary and Mohammed? How many millions died because Napoleon was bullied at school, because Hitler failed to get into the Vienna Academy, because Stalin had an alcoholic father or because Mao suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Freedom: The End of the Human Condition

Author: Jeremy Griffith

Publisher: WTM Publishing and Communications


Category: Science

Page: 798

View: 287

FREEDOM has its own very informative website: visit The fastest growing realization everywhere is that humanity can't go on the way it is going. Indeed, the great fear is we're entering endgame where we appear to have lost the race between self-destruction and self-discovery―the race to find the psychologically relieving understanding of our 'good and evil'-afflicted human condition. Well, astonishing as it is, this book by biologist Jeremy Griffith presents the 11th hour breakthrough biological explanation of the human condition necessary for the psychological rehabilitation and transformation of our species! The culmination of 40 years of studying and writing about our species' psychosis, FREEDOM delivers nothing less than the holy grail of insight we have needed to free ourselves from the human condition. It is, in short, as Professor Harry Prosen, a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, asserts in his Introduction, 'The book that saves the world'. Griffith has been able to venture right to the bottom of the dark depths of what it is to be human and return with the fully accountable, true explanation of our seemingly imperfect lives. At long last we have the redeeming and thus transforming understanding of human behaviour! And with that explanation found all the other great outstanding scientific mysteries about our existence are now also able to be truthfully explained―of the meaning of our existence, of the origin of our unconditionally selfless moral instincts, and of why we humans became conscious when other animals haven't. Yes, the full story of life on Earth can finally be told―and all of these incredible breakthroughs and insights are presented here in this 'greatest of all books'.

The Ten Types of Human

A New Understanding of Who We Are, and Who We Can Be

Author: Dexter Dias

Publisher: Random House


Category: Psychology

Page: 848

View: 504

The inspiration behind the hit podcast THE 100 TYPES OF HUMAN with DEXTER DIAS and BBC 5 Live host NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE 'This book is the one. Think Sapiens and triple it.' - Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected _______________________________ We all have ten types of human in our head. They're the people we become when we face life's most difficult decisions. We want to believe there are things we would always do - or things we never would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The Ten Types of Human is a pioneering examination of human nature. It looks at the best and worst that human beings are capable of, and asks why. It explores the frontiers of the human experience, uncovering the forces that shape our thoughts and actions in extreme situations. From courtrooms to civil wars, from Columbus to child soldiers, Dexter Dias takes us on a globe-spanning journey in search of answers, touching on the lives of some truly exceptional people. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience, social psychology and human rights research, The Ten Types of Human is a provocative map to our hidden selves. It provides a new understanding of who we are - and who we can be. _______________________________ 'The Ten Types of Human is a fantastic piece of non-fiction, mixing astonishing real-life cases with the latest scientific research to provide a guide to who we really are. It's inspiring and essential.' - Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit 'I emerged from this book feeling better about almost everything... a mosaic of faces building into this extraordinary portrait of our species.' - Guardian 'Uplifting and indispensable.' - Howard Cunnell _______________________________ What readers are saying about 'the most important book in years': 'utterly compelling...this one comes with a warning - only pick it up if you can risk not putting it down' - Wendy Heydorn on Amazon, 5 stars 'one of the most remarkable books I've read... I can genuinely say that it has changed the way I view the world' - David Jones on Amazon, 5 stars 'Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the human condition... a thrilling and beautifully crafted book' - Wasim on Amazon, 5 stars 'This is the most important book I have read in years' - Natasha Geary on Amazon, 5 stars 'an important and fascinating read... It will keep you glued to the page' - Hilary Burrage on Amazon, 5 stars 'a journey that I will never forget, will always be grateful for, and I hope will help me question who I am... a work of genius' - Louise on Amazon, 5 stars 'This is a magnificent book that will capture the interest of every type of reader... one of those rare and special books that demand rereading' - Amelia on Amazon, 5 stars 'I simply couldn't put it down... one of the most significant books of our time' - Jocelyne Quennell on Amazon, 5 stars 'Read The Ten Types of Human and be prepared to fall in love' - Helen Fospero on Amazon, 5 stars

Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations

Studies on the History of Religion and Anthropology of the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament

Author: Angelika Berlejung

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck


Category: Religion

Page: 694

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The articles in this volume of collected essays, written over the last two decades and all revised, updated, and supplemented with unpublished material, are grouped around two themes: Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations. The first essays deal with the production, initiation, use and function, the abduction, repatriation, and the replacement of divine images, their outer appearance, and the many facets of the divine presence theology in Ancient Mesopotamia. The essays on the second topic deal with human imaginations, human constructs, and constructed memories, which assign meaning to the past or to things or experiences that are beyond human control. Thematically, several aspects of the human condition are examined, such as the ideas associated in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East with death, corporeality, enemies, disasters, utopias, and passionate love.

Literature and Human Rights

The Law, the Language and the Limitations of Human Rights Discourse

Author: Ian Ward

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG


Category: Political Science

Page: 342

View: 823

The idea of human rights is not new. But the importance of taking rights seriously has never been more urgent. The eighteen essays which comprise Literature and Human Rights are written as a contribution to this vital debate. Each moreover is written in the spirit of interdisciplinarity, reaching across the myriad constitutive disciplines of law, literature and the humanities in order to present an array of alternative perspectives on the nature and meaning of human rights in the modern world. The taking of human rights seriously, it will be suggested, depends just as much on taking seriously the idea of the human as it does the idea of rights.

Dragonkin Bundle Books 1-4

Author: G.A. Aiken

Publisher: Zebra Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 1696

View: 785

The unmissable first half of New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s bold, uproarious, and undeniably sexy Dragon Kin series! Dragon Actually Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. It’s just too bad Fearghus is a dragon . . . isn’t it? About a Dragon For Nolwenn witch Talaith, a bad day begins with being dragged from bed by an angry mob intent on her crispy end and culminates in rescue by—wait for it—a silver-maned dragon. With a human form to die for, and who is utterly spellbound by Nolwenn’s magic . . . What a Dragon Should Know Gwenvael the Handsome certainly has a high opinion of himself. Which is why he’s been called upon to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman with a heart of ice only a dragon’s fire might melt . . . Last Dragon Standing Keita is a charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. It’s a disguise that allows her to keep all suitors at tail’s length. Until Ragnar the Cunning, a handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands dismisses her as vapid, useless and, to her great annoyance, rather stupid! WTF?! A Tale of Two Dragons Braith of the Darkness likes going through life unnoticed. Not an easy task for a She-dragon of royal descent. But the evil plots of her father are turning her quiet, boring life upside down. Except this time she won’t have to fight alone. Not when the warrior dragon of her dreams—one Addolgar the Cheerful—is willing to risk everything to save her neck. Praise for the Dragon Kin Series “Aiken’s patented mix of bloodthirsty action, crazy scenarios and hilarious dialogue have made this series a truly unique pleasure.”—RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars “A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book.” —All Things Urban Fantasy “Laugh-out-loud funny—I loved it!” —New York Times bestselling author Thea Harrison

Human Biology and History

Author: Malcolm Smith

Publisher: CRC Press


Category: Medical

Page: 240

View: 405

The biology of people in the past is a rapidly expanding field of historical study. Our capacity to understand the biology of historical populations is experiencing remarkable developments on both theoretical and analytical fronts. Human Biology and History weaves together the fields of biology, archaeology, and anthropology in an exchange o