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new book – ‘Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel’ by Carl Safina

July 14, 2015

Beyond Words

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina (Henry Holt & Co., 2015)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk), (UK kindle ed.)

Book description from the publisher:

I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you?

Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack’s personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world.

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See also: Author’s website, Book website

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currently $1.99 kindle ebook on Amazon – ‘Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain & Revitalize Your Life’ by Lisa Garr

July 12, 2015

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new Kindle ebook on Amazon: ‘Re-Modeling the Mind: Personality in Balance’ by Ruth A Johnston for $9.95

(UK kindle ed.)

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out in paperback – ‘Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy’ by Christian Coseru

July 2, 2015

Perceiving Reality

Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy by Christian Coseru (Oxford University Press, 2015)

(amazon.co.uk)

Product description from the publisher:

What turns the continuous flow of experience into perceptually distinct objects? Can our verbal descriptions unambiguously capture what it is like to see, hear, or feel? How might we reason about the testimony that perception alone discloses? Christian Coseru proposes a rigorous and highly original way to answer these questions by developing a framework for understanding perception as a mode of apprehension that is intentionally constituted, pragmatically oriented, and causally effective. By engaging with recent discussions in phenomenology and analytic philosophy of mind, but also by drawing on the work of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, Coseru offers a sustained argument that Buddhist philosophers, in particular those who follow the tradition of inquiry initiated by Dignaga and Dharmakirti, have much to offer when it comes to explaining why epistemological disputes about the evidential role of perceptual experience cannot satisfactorily be resolved without taking into account the structure of our cognitive awareness.

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See also: Author’s website

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Kindle Daily Deal for July 1 on Amazon – $1.99 for ‘An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments’ by Ali Almossawi

July 1, 2015

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