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Your Brain on Facts

Your Brain on Facts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Mango Media Inc.
ISBN: 1642502545
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The host of the eponymous podcast “takes readers on an adventure through several well-researched categories of facts and trivia . . . with a dash of humor” (Elise Hennessy, author of the Blood Legacy series). So what if you picked up some historical inaccuracies (and flat-out myths) in history class. Your Brain on Facts is here to teach and reteach readers relevant trivia. It explains surprising science in simple language, gives the unexpected origins of pop culture classics, and reveals important titbits related to current issues. Get ready for trivia night done right. Inside, find true facts, strange facts, and just plain weird facts. Your Brain on Facts features general trivia questions and answers, offering science, art, technology, medicine, music, and history trivia to brainiacs everywhere. Learn: What’s the language of the stateless nation in the Pyrenees mountains Where the world-changing birth control pill was tested Who wrote lyrics for the Star Trek theme song that were never used “A fun collection of facts that will leave you full of information you never knew you needed to know!” —Sophie Stirling, author of We Did That? “I’ve been a fan of Moxie’s Twitter feed for a while now . . . but it’s even nicer to have all of these delightful facts and stories packaged in book form! Thumb through the pages, pause anywhere, and I’m certain you’ll find something that not only tickles your brain, but makes you smile too.” —Mangesh Hattikudur, co-founder of Mental Floss “Moxie is a relentless and excellent purveyor of hidden history and long-lost facts. Read enough of this book and you’ll be the most popular person at any cocktail party!” —Alicia Alvrez, author of The Big Book of Women’s Trivia

The Book of Lost Friends

The Book of Lost Friends Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lisa Wingate
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 1984819895
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives. Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away. Louisiana, 1875: In the tumultuous era of Reconstruction, three young women set off as unwilling companions on a perilous quest: Hannie, a freed slave; Lavinia, the pampered heir to a now destitute plantation; and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s Creole half sister. Each carries private wounds and powerful secrets as they head for Texas, following roads rife with vigilantes and soldiers still fighting a war lost a decade before. For Lavinia and Juneau Jane, the journey is one of stolen inheritance and financial desperation, but for Hannie, torn from her mother and siblings before slavery’s end, the pilgrimage west reignites an agonizing question: Could her long-lost family still be out there? Beyond the swamps lie the limitless frontiers of Texas and, improbably, hope. Louisiana, 1987: For first-year teacher Benedetta Silva, a subsidized job at a poor rural school seems like the ticket to canceling her hefty student debt—until she lands in a tiny, out-of-step Mississippi River town. Augustine, Louisiana, is suspicious of new ideas and new people, and Benny can scarcely comprehend the lives of her poverty-stricken students. But amid the gnarled live oaks and run-down plantation homes lie the century-old history of three young women, a long-ago journey, and a hidden book that could change everything.

The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information

The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Don Voorhees
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101621397
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There are more incredibly pointless and delightfully entertaining things to discover in this new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. You probably never knew… • Ronald Reagan is the only president who has been divorced. • It is estimated that half of the world’s spider species have yet to be discovered. • November 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. And did you really ever have to know… • The whiskers on a harbor seal are known as “vibrissae”? • Modern scholars believe Isaac Newton may have had Asperger’s syndrome? • In the 1920s, Hollywood made twice as many films a year as it does today?

The WEIRDest People in the World

The WEIRDest People in the World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Joseph Henrich
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374710457
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 A Bloomberg Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020 A Behavioral Scientist Notable Book of 2020 A Human Behavior & Evolution Society Must-Read Popular Evolution Book of 2020 A bold, epic account of how the co-evolution of psychology and culture created the peculiar Western mind that has profoundly shaped the modern world. Perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you’re rather psychologically peculiar. Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical. They focus on themselves—their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations—over their relationships and social roles. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? What role did these psychological differences play in the industrial revolution and the global expansion of Europe during the last few centuries? In The WEIRDest People in the World, Joseph Henrich draws on cutting-edge research in anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology to explore these questions and more. He illuminates the origins and evolution of family structures, marriage, and religion, and the profound impact these cultural transformations had on human psychology. Mapping these shifts through ancient history and late antiquity, Henrich reveals that the most fundamental institutions of kinship and marriage changed dramatically under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church. It was these changes that gave rise to the WEIRD psychology that would coevolve with impersonal markets, occupational specialization, and free competition—laying the foundation for the modern world. Provocative and engaging in both its broad scope and its surprising details, The WEIRDest People in the World explores how culture, institutions, and psychology shape one another, and explains what this means for both our most personal sense of who we are as individuals and also the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history. Includes black-and-white illustrations.

Doctor Strange and Philosophy

Doctor Strange and Philosophy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark D. White
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119437911
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Explore the mind and world of the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange Marvel Comics legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko first introduced Doctor Stephen Strange to the world in 1963—and his spellbinding adventures have wowed comic book fans ever since. Over fifty years later, the brilliant neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme has finally travelled from the pages of comics to the big screen, introducing a new generation of fans to his mind-bending mysticism and self-sacrificing heroics. In Doctor Strange and Philosophy, Mark D. White takes readers on a tour through some of the most interesting and unusual philosophical questions which surround Stephen Strange and his place in the Marvel Universe. Essays from two-dozen Philosophers Supreme illuminate how essential philosophical concepts, including existentialism, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, relate to the world of Doctor Strange. Fans will find answers to all their Strange questions: How does Doctor Strange reconcile his beliefs in science and magic? What does his astral self say about the relationship between mind and body? Why is he always so alone? And what does he mean when he says we’re just “tiny momentary specks within an indifferent universe”—and why was he wrong? You won’t need the Eye of Agamotto to comprehend all that is wise within. Doctor Strange and Philosophy offers comic book fans and philosophers alike the chance to dive deeper into the world of one of Marvel’s most mystical superheroes.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rachel Cohn,David Levithan
Editor: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375896686
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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn,David Levithan Summary

Now a Netflix original series starring Austin Abrams and Midori Francis! A whirlwind holiday season romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. “I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” 16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 144345866X
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In 1936, Bluet is the last of the Kentucky Blues. In the dusty Appalachian hills of Troublesome Creek, nineteen and blue-skinned, Bluet has used up her last chance for “respectability” and a marriage bed. Instead, she joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding up treacherous mountains on a mule to deliver books and other reading material to the poor hill communities of Eastern Kentucky. Along her dangerous route, Bluet confronts many who are distrustful of her blue skin. Not everyone is so keen on Bluet’s family or the Library Project, and the impoverished Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek.

The Book of Eels

The Book of Eels Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Patrik Svensson
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062968831
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National Bestseller Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable Book One of TIME’s 100 Must Read Books of the Year One of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Nonfiction Books of the Year One of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10 Best Science Books of the Year One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year A New York Times Editor’s Choice Part H Is for Hawk, part The Soul of an Octopus, The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world’s most elusive fish—the eel—and a reflection on the human condition Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery. Drawing on a breadth of research about eels in literature, history, and modern marine biology, as well as his own experience fishing for eels with his father, Patrik Svensson crafts a mesmerizing portrait of an unusual, utterly misunderstood, and completely captivating animal. In The Book of Eels, we meet renowned historical thinkers, from Aristotle to Sigmund Freud to Rachel Carson, for whom the eel was a singular obsession. And we meet the scientists who spearheaded the search for the eel’s point of origin, including Danish marine biologist Johannes Schmidt, who led research efforts in the early twentieth century, catching thousands upon thousands of eels, in the hopes of proving their birthing grounds in the Sargasso Sea. Blending memoir and nature writing at its best, Svensson’s journey to understand the eel becomes an exploration of the human condition that delves into overarching issues about our roots and destiny, both as humans and as animals, and, ultimately, how to handle the biggest question of all: death. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.

"Guardians of Tomorrow"

Author: Thomas Robbins
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1984573713
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Within the Xerxes Galaxy, on one of the outer arms known as Nara-Mu, had once resided an ancient and powerful race. Through the eons, they evolved and ultimately shed their corporeal existence, forming an even more influential and collective intelligence. It became necessary for these ancient ones to traverse to another plane of existence and, before leaving, choose one world to safeguard their legacy. No one knew this small isolated planet in the Agares constellation would have immeasurable capabilities left to their devices.

Values education toolkit

Values education toolkit Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: R.I.C. Publications
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Truman

Truman Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David McCullough
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743260295
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War, told by America’s beloved and distinguished historian. The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters—Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson—and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man—a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined—but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges. The last president to serve as a living link between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, Truman’s story spans the raw world of the Missouri frontier, World War I, the powerful Pendergast machine of Kansas City, the legendary Whistle-Stop Campaign of 1948, and the decisions to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, send troops to Korea, and fire General MacArthur. Drawing on newly discovered archival material and extensive interviews with Truman’s own family, friends, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply moving story of the seemingly ordinary “man from Missouri” who was perhaps the most courageous president in our history.

The Developing Human - E-Book

The Developing Human - E-Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Keith L. Moore,T. V. N. Persaud,Mark G. Torchia
Editor: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0323611567
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The Developing Human - E-Book by Keith L. Moore,T. V. N. Persaud,Mark G. Torchia Summary

Extensively revised to incorporate recent research and current clinical practice, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 11th Edition, covers all aspects of normal and abnormal embryonic and fetal development. In a clear, concise manner and lavishly illustrated throughout, this textbook is designed to successfully meet the needs of medical and health sciences profession students, as well as those in graduate programs. It provides an easy-to-digest, comprehensive review of what can be a complex and challenging subject. Guides readers month by month and stage by stage through embryo and fetal organ and systems development, using full-color photographs of clinical cases, relevant modern medical imaging, and numerous high-quality supportive figures. Includes many new 3D HD color rendered images of embryos and fetuses, as well as 3D reconstructions of whole embryos. Provides clinically-oriented problems for each chapter, with corresponding answers and explanations designed to facilitate discussion and learning. Features 18 exceptional color animations, now with narration, to help students as they explore and learn the complexity of embryological development. Provides the knowledge base needed for today’s examinations, including USMLE Step 1, as well as for future clinical practice. Thoroughly updated information includes new annotations on fundamental molecular events during embryogenesis, now required for many professional examinations. Includes enhanced clinical material in all chapters, with updated tables, Clinical Case highlights and a critical chapter on common signalling pathways during development that covers gene editing (CRISPR/Cas9), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), a revision of the sonic hedgehog signalling pathway; and more. Details how molecular biology has affected clinical practice, including techniques such as recumbent DNA technology and stem cell manipulation. Evolve Instructor site with a downloadable image bank is available to instructors through their Elsevier sales rep or via request at: https://evolve.elsevier.com

The Golden Scorpion

The Golden Scorpion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sax Rohmer
Editor: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473395526
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A golden scorpion is the only clue left behind at the crime scenes of four men's mysterious murders. When England and France's finest detectives embark on a complex murder investigation, they are led through London's underworld to the seedy opium dens of Chinatown in search of the infamous 'Lair of the Scorpion' and the cunning master criminal who purportedly dwells within. A thrilling tale sure to appeal to lovers of crime fiction, this masterful narrative is a veritable must-read for fans of Rohmer's prolific work and makes for a great addition to any personal library. Arthur Henry Ward (1883 - 1959) was a prolific English novelist who wrote under the pseudonym 'Sax Rohmer'. Most celebrated for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu, his other notable works include 'The Quest of the Sacred Slipper' (1919) and 'Tales of Chinatown' (1922). This text was originally published in 1919, and is proudly reprinted here, complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.

The Western Herbal Tradition E-Book

The Western Herbal Tradition E-Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Graeme Tobyn,Alison Denham,Margaret Whitelegg
Editor: Elsevier Health Sciences
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The Western Herbal Tradition E-Book by Graeme Tobyn,Alison Denham,Margaret Whitelegg Summary

The Western Herbal Tradition provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of the use of plant medicines through 2000 years of history from Dioscorides to the present day. It follows each of the 27 herbs through a wide range of key sources from European, Arabic and American traditions including Greek, Roman and Renaissance texts. A rich discussion of the historical texts is balanced with current application and research. The herbs have been selected on the basis of common use by practising herbalists. Each illustrated monograph contains: Species, identification and botanical description A study of the characterisation and medicinal use of the plants consistently drawn from featured herbals which includes the authors’ own translations from the Latin Assessment of past and current texts in the transmission of herbal knowledge Consideration of traditional therapeutics, including humoral and physiomedical approaches Suggestions towards a modern experiential approach through Goethean methodology Current evidence on pharmacological constituents Review of evidence on safety Recommendations for internal and external uses, prescribing and dosage Excellent illustrations accompany each monograph to aid learning First book to cover broader historical perspective and discussions of issues surrounding each herb Written by leading experts who are well known in the field Includes some monographs of which there is little material already available The bibliographic evidence provided could support applications for registration of Herbal Medicinal Products under the provisions of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Product Directive An excellent valuable resource for everyone interested in herbal medicine

Naming Infinity

Naming Infinity Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Loren Graham,Jean-Michel Kantor
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674053915
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In 1913, Russian imperial marines stormed an Orthodox monastery at Mt. Athos, Greece to haul off monks engaged in a dangerously heretical practice known as Name Worshipping. Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor take us on an exciting mathematical mystery tour as they unravel a bizarre tale of political struggles, psychological crises, sexual complexities, and ethical dilemmas. The men and women of the leading French and Russian mathematical schools are central characters in this absorbing tale that could not be told until now. Naming Infinity is a poignant human interest story that raises provocative questions about science and religion, intuition and creativity.

Technen: Elements of Recent History of Information Technologies with Epistemological Conclusions

Technen: Elements of Recent History of Information Technologies with Epistemological Conclusions Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrzej Piotr Wierzbicki
Editor: Springer
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Technen: Elements of Recent History of Information Technologies with Epistemological Conclusions by Andrzej Piotr Wierzbicki Summary

The book expresses the conviction that the art of creating tools – Greek techne – changes its character together with the change of civilization epochs and co-determines such changes. This does not mean that tools typical for a civilization epoch determine it completely, but they change our way of perceiving and interpreting the world. There might have been many such epochs in the history of human civilization (much more than the three waves of agricultural, industrial and information civilization). This is expressed by the title Technen of the book, where n denotes a subsequent civilization epoch. During last fifty years we observed a decomposition of the old episteme (understood as a way of creating and interpreting knowledge characteristic for a given civilization epoch) of modernism, which was an episteme typical for industrial civilization. Today, the world is differently understood by the representatives of three different cultural spheres: of strict and natural sciences; of human and social sciences (especially by their part inclined towards postmodernism) and technical sciences that have a different episteme than even that of strict and natural sciences. Thus, we observe today not two cultures, but three different episteme. The book consists of four parts. First contains basic epistemological observations, second is devoted to selected elements of recent history of information technologies, third contains more detailed epistemological and general discussions, fourth specifies conclusions. The book is written from the cognitive perspective of technical sciences, with a full awareness – and discussion – of its differences from the cognitive perspective of strict sciences or human and social sciences. The main thesis of the book is that informational revolution will probably lead to a formation of a new episteme. The book includes discussions of many issues related to such general perspective, such as what is technology proper; what is intuition from a perspective of technology and of evolutionary naturalism; what are the reasons for and how large are the delays between a fundamental invention and its broad social utilization; what is the fundamental logical error (using paradoxes that are not real, only apparent) of the tradition of sceptical philosophy; what are rational foundations and examples of emergence of order out of chaos; whether civilization development based on two positive feedbacks between science, technology and the market might lead inevitably to a self-destruction of human civilization; etc.

The Yellow Claw & The Golden Scorpion

The Yellow Claw & The Golden Scorpion Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sax Rohmer
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The Yellow Claw is a crime novel by Sax Rohmer. The story features Gaston Max, a Parisian criminal investigator and master of disguise, and his battle with Mr. King, a master criminal. Max is often aided in his efforts by Inspector Dunbar and together they need to stop Mr. King before he takes his next hostage! The novel was the basis for the 1921 British silent film The Yellow Claw. The Golden Scorpion again features Detective Gaston Max and Inspector Dunbar who must save the day from an evil "scorpion" mastermind before he makes his next kill!

Case of Sherlock Holmes

Case of Sherlock Holmes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrew Glazzard
Editor: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474431321
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Case of Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Glazzard Summary

The Case of Sherlock Holmes uncovers what is untold, partly told, wrongly told, or deliberately concealed in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes saga.

Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India

Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India Pdf/ePub eBook Author: I. Sengupta,D. Ali
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 023011900X
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Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India by I. Sengupta,D. Ali Summary

This volume seeks to revise the Saidian analytical framework which dominated research on the subject of colonial knowledge for almost two decades, which emphasized colonial knowledge as a series of representations of colonial hegemony. It seeks to contribute to research in the field by analyzing knowledge in colonial India as a dynamic process.

The Sacred Heritage

The Sacred Heritage Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Donald F. Sandner,Steven H. Wong
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135236232
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The contributors to this volume describe the many facets shamanism and depth psychology have in common: animal symbolism; recognition of the reality of the collective unconscious; and healing rituals that put therapist and patient in touch with transpersonal powers. By reintroducing the core of shamanism in contemporary form, these essays shape a powerful means of healing that combines the direct contact with the inner psyche one finds in shamanism with the self-reflection and critical awareness of modern consciousness. The contributors' draw from experiences both inside and outside the consulting room, and with cultures that include the Lakota Sioux, and those of the Peruvian Andes and the Hawaiian Islands. The focus is on those aspects of shamanism most useful and relevant to the modern practice of depth psychology. These explorations bring the young practice of analytical psychology into perspective as part of a much more ancient heritage of shamanistic healing.