Eco-Sonic Media

Author: Jacob Smith

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520961498

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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The negative environmental effects of media culture are not often acknowledged: the fuel required to keep huge server farms in operation, landfills full of high tech junk, and the extraction of rare minerals for devices reliant on them are just some of the hidden costs of the contemporary mediascape. Eco-Sonic Media brings an ecological critique to the history of sound media technologies in order to amplify the environmental undertones in sound studies and turn up the audio in discussions of greening the media. By looking at early and neglected forms of sound technology, Jacob Smith seeks to create a revisionist, ecologically aware history of sound media. Delving into the history of pre-electronic media like hand-cranked gramophones, comparatively eco-friendly media artifacts such as the shellac discs that preceded the use of petroleum-based vinyl, early forms of portable technology like divining rods, and even the use of songbirds as domestic music machines, Smith builds a scaffolding of historical case studies to demonstrate how "green media archaeology" can make sound studies vibrate at an ecological frequency while opening the ears of eco-criticism. Throughout this eye-opening and timely book he makes readers more aware of the costs and consequences of their personal media consumption by prompting comparisons with non-digital, non-electronic technologies and by offering different ways in which sound media can become eco-sonic media. In the process, he forges interdisciplinary connections, opens new avenues of research, and poses fresh theoretical questions for scholars and students of media, sound studies, and contemporary environmental history.
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Water Resource Economics

Towards a Sustainable Use of Water for Irrigation in India

Author: M.G. Chandrakanth

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 8132224795

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

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This book uses resource economics costing approaches incorporating externalities to estimate the returns for the country’s irrigation and demonstrates how underestimating the cost of water leads farmers to overestimate profits. The importance of the subject can be judged in light of the fact that India is the largest user of groundwater both for irrigation and for drinking purposes, pumping twice as much as the United States and six times as much as Europe. Despite water’s vital role in ensuring economic security for the nation and farmers alike by supporting more than 70% of food production, water resource economists are yet to impress upon farmers and policymakers the true value of water and the urgent need for its sustainable extraction, recharge and use. In an endeavor to promote more awareness, the book further delineates the roles of the demand side and supply side in the economics of irrigation, and explains how the cost of water varies with the efforts to recharge it, crop patterns, degrees of initial and premature well failure and degrees of externalities. It also discusses the importance of micro-irrigation in the economics of saving water for irrigation, estimating the marginal productivity of water and how it improves with drip irrigation, the economics of water sharing and water markets, optimal control theory in sustainable extraction of water, payment of ecosystem services for water and how India can effectively recover. In closing, the book highlights the role of socioeconomic and hydrogeological factors in the economics of irrigation, which vary considerably across hard rock areas and the resulting limitations on generalizing.
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Perspectives in Sociology

Classical and Contemporary

Author: E.C. Cuff,W.W. Sharrock,D.W. Francis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134722230

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Perspectives in Sociology provides students with a lively and critical introduction to sociology and to the ways in which sociologists are trained to think and work. The subject is presented as a sequence of different perspectives on the social world, all of them interrelated, sometimes in conflict with one another, and all contributing important and necessary insights. The discussion is backed up by extensive reference to empirical studies. This edition has been completely revised. A chapter on critical theory has been added in order to reflect the extensive work and thinking that Marx's basic work continues to stimulate. The chapter on research strategies now takes account of new developments in the philosophy of science that are relevant for sociological approaches. Throughout, the authors have rewritten extensively in their continuing desire to produce clarity, and to respond to the comments of students and teachers.
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Hydrogeology

Objectives, Methods, Applications

Author: Éric Gilli,Christian Mangan,Jacques Mudry

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1578087945

Category: Nature

Page: 394

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Hydrogeology, the science of groundwater, requires a multidisciplinary approach involving many other sciences: surface hydrology, climatology, geology, geography, physics, chemistry, biology, and more. This book takes a broad view, considers water as a single entity, and presents many examples illustrating the variety of existing hydrogeological problems and the diverse scientific, technical, and social approaches used in resolving them. It is intended primarily for students of Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Physical Geography. It will also be useful to all players involved in water-related issues: hydrogeologists, geologists, soil scientists, agronomists, civil engineers, and developers.
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The Spirit Book

The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication

Author: Raymond Buckland

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578593085

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 528

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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field. Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.
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Recollections and Reflections

Author: Joseph John Thomson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108037925

Category: Science

Page: 482

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Manchester-born Sir Joseph John Thomson (1858-1940), discoverer of the electron, was one of the most important Cambridge physicists of the later nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Succeeding Lord Rayleigh as Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics, he directed the research interests of the laboratory, and eight of his students, including Rutherford, went on to win Nobel Prizes, as Thomson himself did in 1906. He was knighted in 1908, received the Order of Merit in 1912, and became Master of Trinity College in 1918. He also served as President of the Royal Society from 1915 from 1920 and was a government advisor on scientific research during World War I. This autobiography, published in 1936, covers all aspects of his career - his student days in Manchester, arrival in Cambridge, and growing international reputation. It gives a fascinating picture of Cambridge life and science at a dynamic period of development.
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Knowing the Facts about Dowsing and Water Dowsing

Author: John Ankerberg,John Weldon

Publisher: ATRI Publishing

ISBN: 193713685X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 62

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Dowsing is a practice employing divinatory implements and methods in order to search out information such as a site of water or the nature or location of disease and its proper treatment. Dowsing claims to work through a practitioner's natural sensitivity to nature's geomagnetic phenomena. The influence of dowsing is greater than most people realize and it is even used in the church. People may think that dowsing is harmless but the real dangers in this practice are exposed and a biblical evaluation is shown by the authors.
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Supernaturalism in Human Life

A Discourse on Myth, Rituals & Religion

Author: Jacob Pandian

Publisher: Vedams eBooks (P) Ltd

ISBN: 9788179360057

Category: Mythology

Page: 279

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Villages in the Future

Crops, Jobs and Livelihood

Author: Detlef Virchow,Joachim von Braun

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540424673

Category: Political Science

Page: 410

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Life in rural communities is bound to change with historically unprecedented speed in the coming decades. How will this change be guided by local, national and global policies in order to enhance the livelihoods of rural inhabitants and to overcome the growing division of rural and urban areas? The contributions in this publication, ranging from scientific papers to short reports from practitioners, are grouped around 4 major themes: political and institutional frameworks to foster rural development; natural resources management; broadening the technological base of rural economies; and improved linkages between urban and rural areas. The overall message is unanimous: there is a promising future for the rural areas worldwide if adequate policies can be enforced and more efficient and fair institutions can be created.
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Holy Water and Evil Spirits

Religious Healing in East Africa

Author: Katharina Wilkens

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643111797

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

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In Tanzania, the Marian Faith Healing Ministry offers Catholic healing rituals under the patronage of the Virgin Mary. Exorcism and a special water service are central to the healing process. People bring physical, spiritual, and social afflictions before the group's leader, Felicien Nkwera. Combining the perspectives of the study of religions and medical anthropology, this book analyzes Nkwera's pastoral texts and the personal healing narratives of the members. Thus, a complex image of the healing process is created and framed within its Tanzanian interreligious context and its global conservative Catholic context. (Series: Beitrage zur Afrikaforschung - Vol. 47)
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Surveyor

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Municipal engineering

Page: N.A

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Health and Livelihoods in Rural Angola

A Participatory Research Project

Author: Laura Habgood

Publisher: Oxfam

ISBN: 0855984112

Category: Political Science

Page: 70

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An account of an Oxfam project with a dual aim: to find out more about how rural communities use health services and to involve communities in the research. The author evaluates the limitations as well as the advantages of participatory research methods.
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Earth Magnetism

A Guided Tour Through Magnetic Fields

Author: Wallace H. Campbell

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780121581640

Category: Science

Page: 151

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An introductory guide to global magnetic field properties, Earth Magnetism addresses, in non-technical prose, many of the frequently asked questions about Earth's magnetic field. Magnetism surrounds and penetrates our Earth in ways basic science courses can rarely address. It affects navigation, communication, and even the growth of crystals. As we observe and experience an 11-year solar maximum, we may witness spectacular satellite-destroying solar storms as they interact with our magnetic field. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, this book will enrich courses in earth science, atmospheric science, geology, meteorology, geomagnetism, and geophysics. Contains nearly 200 original illustrations and eight pages of full-color plates. * Largely mathematics-free and with a wide breadth of material suitable for general readers * Integrates material from geomagnetism, paleomagnetism, and solar-terrestrial space physics. * Features nearly 200 original illustrations and 4 pages of colour plates
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Romantic Verse Narrative

The History of a Genre

Author: Hermann Fischer,Sue Bollans

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521024334

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Hermann Fischer's lively and original 1991 study of Romantic verse narrative traces in comprehensive detail the origins and development of this poetic form in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It brings together the longer epic verse tales of Scott, Byron and Southey and the more lyrical forms of Romantic narrative poetry, thus presenting familiar poems such as Shelley's 'Alastor' and Keats's 'The Eve of St Agnes' in the revealing but neglected context of the genre and its history. Professor Fischer addresses the question of genre from a viewpoint that is both theoretical and historical, and his study also proves illuminating in many areas of Romantic literature, covering issues such as the role of the medieval revival and the decline of neoclassicism, the relative importance of popular and more literary sources, and questions of changing taste and the reading public. This translation, extensively revised and updated, makes Hermann Fischer's acclaimed study available for the first time in English.
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The Art Of The Pendulum

Simple Techniques to Help You Make Decisions, Find Lost Objects, and Channel Healing Energies

Author: Cassandra Eason

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1578633567

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 131

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Beginning with the basic theories and practices of dowsing, Eason reveals techniques for finding lost objects, healing, identifying energy fields, and even making sound personal decisions about career, family, and money. She also identifies ways in which dowsing can help us tune in to the psychic world. Learn about the properties of different pendulums and how to choose the best one for your purposes. Gain experience and develop skills for a confident future practice. An excellent introduction to this age-old divination technique.
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The Empty Seashell

Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island

Author: Nils Bubandt

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471966

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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The Empty Seashell explores what it is like to live in a world where cannibal witches are undeniably real, yet too ephemeral and contradictory to be an object of belief. In a book based on more than three years of fieldwork between 1991 and 2011, Nils Bubandt argues that cannibal witches for people in the coastal, and predominantly Christian, community of Buli in the Indonesian province of North Maluku are both corporeally real and fundamentally unknowable. Witches (known as gua in the Buli language or as suanggi in regional Malay) appear to be ordinary humans but sometimes, especially at night, they take other forms and attack people in order to kill them and eat their livers. They are seemingly everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The reality of gua, therefore, can never be pinned down. The title of the book comes from the empty nautilus shells that regularly drift ashore around Buli village. Convention has it that if you find a live nautilus, you are a gua. Like the empty shells, witchcraft always seems to recede from experience. Bubandt begins the book by recounting his own confusion and frustration in coming to terms with the contradictory and inaccessible nature of witchcraft realities in Buli. A detailed ethnography of the encompassing inaccessibility of Buli witchcraft leads him to the conclusion that much of the anthropological literature, which views witchcraft as a system of beliefs with genuine explanatory power, is off the mark. Witchcraft for the Buli people doesn't explain anything. In fact, it does the opposite: it confuses, obfuscates, and frustrates. Drawing upon Jacques Derrida’s concept of aporia—an interminable experience that remains continuously in doubt—Bubandt suggests the need to take seriously people’s experiential and epistemological doubts about witchcraft, and outlines, by extension, a novel way of thinking about witchcraft and its relation to modernity.
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A Dictionary of the Holy Bible

Containing an Historical Account of the Persons, a Geographical and Historical Account of the Places, a Literal, Critical, and Systematical Description of Other Objects, Whether Natural, Artificial, Civil, Religious, Or Military, and an Explanation of the Appellative Terms Mentioned in the Old and New Testaments ...

Author: John Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bible

Page: 534

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