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Animal Dreams

By Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN Code: : 0061839949
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
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“An emotional masterpiece . . . A novel in which humor, passion, and superb prose conspire to seize a reader by the heart and by the soul.” —New York Daily News From Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Bean Trees, and other modern classics, Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world "Animals dream about the things they do in the daytime just like people do. If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life." So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter-day philosopher. But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd's advice is painfully out of her reach. Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona, to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father. What she finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, some startling clues to her own identity, and a man whose view of the world could change the course of her life. Blending flashbacks, dreams, and Native American legends, Animal Dreams is a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life's largest commitments. This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

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  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 510
  • Pdf File: an-odyssey-with-animals.pdf

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The relationship between animals and humans is more complex today than ever before. In addition to the animals that have served as household pets, and the farm animals that have provided labor and food, countless monkeys, rabbits, rats, and cats have enabled modern scientists to treat and cure humanity's most devastating illnesses. This aspect of animal-human interaction has engendered a bitter enmity between animal rights activists and the biomedical researchers whose work depends on the use (and oftentimes the killing) of laboratory animals. In An Odyssey with Animals, veterinarian and sleep researcher Adrian Morrison argues that humane animal use in biomedical research is an indispensable tool of medical science, and that efforts to halt such use constitute a grave threat to human health and wellbeing. The target of repeated acts of intimidation by anonymous animal rights activists because of his own research, Morrison is himself an animal advocate, and this volume is the culmination of his years spent negotiating the treacherous divide between a legitimate concern for animals and the importance of biomedical research. Drawing on the disciplines of philosophy, history, biology, and animal behavior, Morrison crafts a multi-faceted argument in favor of using animals humanely in research, the center of which is his staunch belief that human interests must be the primary concern of science and society. Along the way, Morrison delves into other human uses of animals in domains such as agriculture, hunting, and education, examining each use along with its philosophical, moral, and ecological implications. The result is a thought-provoking, intelligent and fair-minded discussion of a charged subject-- of the past and present of animals' relationships with humans, and how and why we should be able to use them as we do.

Mental Zoo

By Salman Akhtar
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 042991623X
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 672
  • Pdf File: mental-zoo.pdf

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The authors' dynamic book, Mental Zoo, takes the reader on a panoramic tour illuminating the rich world of animals in human experience. Here Freud's rats, wolves, and horses join our own cats and dogs to meet snakes, spiders, birds, and cockroaches. With an engaging blend of whimsy and erudition, the contributors describe the feelings, fantasies, dreams, nightmares, and delusions that animals evoke in us all. Detailed clinical examples capture the richness of the intrapsychic and interpersonal places that animals inhabit in our psyches. The book encompasses the role of animals not only in normal development and psychopathology, but also in history and mythology. Mental health professionals will listen to their patients with new sensitivities after Mental Zoo introduces them to this fascinating menagerie.'- Alex Hoffer, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of New England'.

Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture

By Laurence W. Mazzeno,Ronald D. Morrison
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137602198
  • Total of Pages : 289
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 779
  • Pdf File: animals-in-victorian-literature-and-culture.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This collection includes twelve provocative essays from a diverse group of international scholars, who utilize a range of interdisciplinary approaches to analyze “real” and “representational” animals that stand out as culturally significant to Victorian literature and culture. Essays focus on a wide range of canonical and non-canonical Victorian writers, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Emily Bronte, James Thomson, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Marsh, and they focus on a diverse array of forms: fiction, poetry, journalism, and letters. These essays consider a wide range of cultural attitudes and literary treatments of animals in the Victorian Age, including the development of the animal protection movement, the importation of animals from the expanding Empire, the acclimatization of British animals in other countries, and the problems associated with increasing pet ownership. The collection also includes an Introduction co-written by the editors and Suggestions for Further Study, and will prove of interest to scholars and students across the multiple disciplines which comprise Animal Studies.

Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering Children Through Creative Dreamplay

By Clare R. Johnson,Jean M. Campbell
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440842671
  • Total of Pages : 265
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 116
  • Pdf File: sleep-monsters-and-superheroes.pdf

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World-renowned contributors across several disciplines reveal how dreams can aid and empower children in daily life. • Addresses how video games and today's news media can affect children's sleep/dreams and how trauma can trigger PTSD-like nightmares • Details how children's dreams reflect their emotional and physical development • Includes vignettes/case studies of children's nightmares from countries around the world, including a heavily war-torn country • Explains what may trigger nightmares for children and how "monster" dreams can be guided to become "superhero" dreams • Describes how children can interact with dreams by becoming lucid and by engaging in creative dreamplay

Machine Dreaming and Consciousness

By J. F. Pagel,Philip Kirshtein
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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Book Code : 0128037423
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 923
  • Pdf File: machine-dreaming-and-consciousness.pdf

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Machine Dreaming and Consciousness is the first book to discuss the questions raised by the advent of machine dreaming. Artificial intelligence (AI) systems meeting criteria of primary and self-reflexive consciousness are often utilized to extend the human interface, creating waking experiences that resemble the human dream. Surprisingly, AI systems also easily meet all human-based operational criteria for dreaming. These “dreams are far different from anthropomorphic dreaming, including such processes as fuzzy logic, liquid illogic, and integration instability, all processes that may be necessary in both biologic and artificial systems to extend creative capacity. Today, multi-linear AI systems are being built to resemble the structural framework of the human central nervous system. The creation of the biologic framework of dreaming (emotions, associative memories, and visual imagery) is well within our technical capacity. AI dreams potentially portend the further development of consciousness in these systems. This focus on AI dreaming raises even larger questions. In many ways, dreaming defines our humanity. What is humanly special about the states of dreaming? And what are we losing when we limit our focus to its technical and biologic structure, and extend the capacity for dreaming into our artificial creations? Machine Dreaming and Consciousness provides thorough discussion of these issues for neuroscientists and other researchers investigating consciousness and cognition. Addresses the function and role of dream-like processing in AI systems Describes the functions of dreaming in the creative process of both humans and machines Presents an alternative approach to the philosophy of machine consciousness Provides thorough discussion of machine dreaming and consciousness for neuroscientists and other researchers investigating consciousness and cognition

Dream Therapy for PTSD: The Proven System for Ending Your Nightmares and Recovering from Trauma

By Bruce M. Dow MD
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440837414
  • Total of Pages : 145
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 263
  • Pdf File: dream-therapy-for-ptsd.pdf

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In this series of clinical vignettes, a board-certified psychiatrist and life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association illustrates the effectiveness of dream therapy in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). • Shares techniques to end PTSD nightmares and flashbacks • Lessens the exposure to trauma, making the treatment more benign than most other methods • Offers strategies for treating individual patients as well as groups of patients • Features complete descriptions of 140 dreams along with approaches for lessening their detrimental effects • Provides a comparison between common stress and PTSD