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Animal Weapons

By Douglas J. Emlen
  • ISBN Code: : 142994739X
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Science
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WINNER OF THE PHI BETA KAPPA AWARD IN SCIENCE The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world--teeth and horns and claws--and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weapons In Animal Weapons, Doug Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles where he's been studying animal weapons in nature for years, to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons—fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don't have room for eyes. As singular and strange as some of the weapons we encounter on these pages are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen uses these patterns to draw parallels to the way we humans develop and employ our own weapons, and have since battle began. He looks at everything from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities. With stunning black and white drawings and gorgeous color illustrations of these concepts at work, Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.

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The ‘death’ of German Idealism has been decried innumerable times since its revolutionary inception, whether it be by the 19th-century critique of Western metaphysics, phenomenology, contemporary French philosophy, or analytic philosophy. Yet in the face of two hundred years of sustained, extremely rigorous attempts to leave behind its legacy, German Idealism has resisted its philosophical death sentence. For this exact reason it is timely ask: What remains of German Idealism? In what ways does its fundamental concepts and texts still speak to us? Drawing together new and established voices from scholars in Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling, this volume offers a fresh look on this time-honoured tradition. It uses myriad of recently developed conceptual tools to present new and challenging theories of its now canonical figures.

The Evolution of Beauty

By Richard O. Prum
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  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0385537220
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Science
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A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, SMITHSONIAN, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains every branch on the tree of life: which species thrive, which wither away to extinction, and what features each evolves. But can adaptation by natural selection really account for everything we see in nature? Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum—reviving Darwin's own views—thinks not. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays: Club-winged Manakins who sing with their wings, Great Argus Pheasants who dazzle prospective mates with a four-foot-wide cone of feathers covered in golden 3D spheres, Red-capped Manakins who moonwalk. In thirty years of fieldwork, Prum has seen numerous display traits that seem disconnected from, if not outright contrary to, selection for individual survival. To explain this, he dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. Mate choice can drive ornamental traits from the constraints of adaptive evolution, allowing them to grow ever more elaborate. It also sets the stakes for sexual conflict, in which the sexual autonomy of the female evolves in response to male sexual control. Most crucially, this framework provides important insights into the evolution of human sexuality, particularly the ways in which female preferences have changed male bodies, and even maleness itself, through evolutionary time. The Evolution of Beauty presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

Reflections of a Christian Kungfu Master

By Master Rick Wilcox
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1304652904
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  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 419
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"Reflections of a Christian Kungfu Master" is a book that displays an intriguing and well-developed analysis of what it means to study martial arts without compromising religion. The text covers everything from the comparison of Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity in regards to martial arts practice, meditation, and even the Kung fu diet in a surprising way. It's a great read and those with particular interest in religion, theology, and/or Eastern philosophy will love it too! " Can a Christian train martial arts? The answer may surprise you...


By John Rooney
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 9781456728007
  • Total of Pages : 572
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 532
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Da'Gat is a tale of two lives interwoven together in time. It start's with three Bio engineer's making an unbelievable discovery. What they found has given them a very dangerous, very secret knowledge, and that secret is now worth their lives. The secret of eternal youth, eternal life! Though this secret also has a dark side. The lust for eternal youth and power, has done the unthinkable and unleashed the Grim Reeper. God help us Armageddon has come. Though it is still Earth those that live here have changed. Mind powers are no longer just laughed about in polite company, they are oh so very real and those few that survived the time of death have changed, their DNA being forever altered.

Grant Morrison

By Marc Singer
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 1628468955
  • Total of Pages : 332
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 421
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One of the most eclectic and distinctive writers currently working in comics, Grant Morrison (b. 1960) brings the auteurist sensibility of alternative comics and graphic novels to the popular genres—superhero, science fiction, and fantasy—that dominate the American and British comics industries. Morrison's comics range from bestsellers featuring the most universally recognized superhero franchises (All-Star Superman, New X-Men, Batman) to more independent, creator-owned work (The Invisibles, The Filth, We3) that defies any generic classification. In Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics, author Marc Singer examines how Morrison uses this fusion of styles to intervene in the major political, aesthetic, and intellectual challenges of our time. Morrison's comics blur the boundaries between fantasy and realism, mixing autobiographical representation and cultural critique with heroic adventure. They offer self-reflexive appraisals of their own genres while they experiment with the formal elements of comics. Perhaps most ambitiously, they challenge contemporary theories of language and meaning, seeking to develop new modes of expression grounded in comics' capacity for visual narrative and the fantasy genres' ability to make figurative meanings literal.

Enigma - 
 Ignorance Liquidation - part №1

By Oleg Viktorovich Maltsev
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  • Publisher : Scientific Research Institute of world martial art traditions study and criminalistic research of weapon handling
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 60
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 813
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Recently I have encountered a certain state of affairs, quite an idiosyncratic one... try to imagine this, there is a social networks page of an Italian master, who lives somewhere in a Puria or Calabria, not very intelligent person ... So, he has been making a “summon” in Facebook for masters to unite against me. Well, I did not quite get for what reason ones would unite against me, anyways, there is such a happening. Probably, this is due to the fact that I am researching culture of Italy, the true history of Italy. So here is a person who pretends to be an owner of the Italy through his social networks account. He is quite a strange person, he has got on his avatar a picture of a strange guy with a helmet and a spear. This very individual, demonstrated outmost regret to the fact, that foreign people, as me, would teach someone of Italian culture. I was sincerely surprised as I had no intention of teaching someone the Italian culture. As first of all, I wanted to teach myself. However, this individual in his certain comments on Facebook was demonstrating real regret as in his opinion I was posing a real threat, somehow, to Italian history. Moreover, having some sort of idea that he is an owner of Italy – he was showing regret of Sicilian master that have same intention as I do, that is restoring and revealing genuine Italian culture and history of martial arts. Besides, he used to claim that my school appeared just in one day, which was a great surprise for me, as I believed that this school appeared thousands and thousands years ago. Certainly, it flatters me, him regarding me to be a founder of Venetian school ... I have always considered myself to be a follower of this school and not a founder, and definitely, not an owner of it. Well, since certain Calibrian – Purian masters awarded me with a title of the founder of the Venetian school, let’s pretend me being an immortal one, aged 3000 years, and that I am great enough to teach all the rest of Italian martial arts culture. However, it should be pointed out that indeed, there are a lot of things to be taught. Even though I feel proud that it is claimed that I am a founder of Venetian school by representatives of Purian - Calabrian martial arts school, I have a lot of things to get presented and explained ... but on a different topic. Having read up to the end this wonderful post in internet, I came to a conclusion that it is the right time to start a journey. When you see my students, when you watch them training, some tend to think that they have been doing martial arts like for half a year. Obviously it is not the case.

Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology

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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Book Code : 0128004266
  • Total of Pages : 2132
  • Category : Science
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Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology is the definitive go-to reference in the field of evolutionary biology. It provides a fully comprehensive review of the field in an easy to search structure. Under the collective leadership of fifteen distinguished section editors, it is comprised of articles written by leading experts in the field, providing a full review of the current status of each topic. The articles are up-to-date and fully illustrated with in-text references that allow readers to easily access primary literature. While all entries are authoritative and valuable to those with advanced understanding of evolutionary biology, they are also intended to be accessible to both advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Broad topics include the history of evolutionary biology, population genetics, quantitative genetics; speciation, life history evolution, evolution of sex and mating systems, evolutionary biogeography, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular and genome evolution, coevolution, phylogenetic methods, microbial evolution, diversification of plants and fungi, diversification of animals, and applied evolution. Presents fully comprehensive content, allowing easy access to fundamental information and links to primary research Contains concise articles by leading experts in the field that ensures current coverage of each topic Provides ancillary learning tools like tables, illustrations, and multimedia features to assist with the comprehension process

Masters of Disguise

By Joanne Mattern
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  • Publisher : Red Chair Press
  • Book Code : 1634405269
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Shapes, colors, or markings. Some mammals, birds, and fish use unusual camouflage to hide in plain sight.