And what do we have in common with Neanderthals? In this captivating bestseller, Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected angles.
Author: Sang-Hee Lee
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
“Deftly weaving together science and personal observation, Lee proves an engaging, authoritative guide… of the human condition.” —Kate Wong, editor at Scientific American What can fossilized teeth tell us about our ancient ancestors’ life expectancy? Did farming play a problematic role in the history of human evolution? And what do we have in common with Neanderthals? In this captivating bestseller, Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected angles. Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters that combine anthropological insight with cutting-edge science, we gain fresh perspectives into our first hominin ancestors and ways to challenge perceptions about the traditional progression of evolution. With Lee as our guide, we discover that we indeed have always been a species of continuous change.
In this collection, we gather the most thrilling and frightening bear-attack stories of the past few decades. Grizzlies, brown bears, black bears—and their unfortunate encounters with humans. This is what happens—When Bears Attack.
Author: Joseph B. Healy
A great collection of bear attack true stories for hikers, hunters, and all who venture into the outdoors. Bears are one of nature’s apex predators, gentle and fuzzy to watch from a distance, fierce and unpredictable when aroused—and then it’s too late for humans to escape a dangerous, fearsome, or fatal encounter. In this collection, we gather the most thrilling and frightening bear-attack stories of the past few decades. Grizzlies, brown bears, black bears—and their unfortunate encounters with humans. This is what happens—When Bears Attack. Joseph B. Healy takes a closer look at some of the notable bear attacks of recent history in order to determine their causes, evaluate what happened, and appreciate the raw power—and danger—of mother nature. He tells tales of hikers enjoying weekend camping trips as well as workers going about their daily routines. Follow along as the victims’ lives are disrupted by bears, and see how survivors were forced to think and act in the moment to stay alive. As modern life continues to encroach on the wilderness, encounters between bears and humans will only increase. Learn about the outcome of these feral clashes in When Bears Attack.
But after years of denials, Hynek made a shocking pronouncement: UFOs are real. Thirty years after his death, Hynek’s agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer remains one of the great misunderstood stories of science.
The book provides entertaining and informative reading, not only for practicing artists and physicists, but also anyone curious about art and physics.
Author: Laura Pesce
Publisher: Springer Nature
Close Encounters of Art and Physics is a voyage in time through the abstract ideas harboured in the minds of humans, starting from the graffiti art of cave dwellers and extending to the street art of contemporary men and women. In seeking parallels with science, the author looks far back to the first geometric ideas of our ancestors as well as ahead to the contemporary science of present-day physicists. The parallelism and analogies between these two fields bear witness to a real entanglement in the human brain. The second part of the book contains about 25 colour images showing the author's stunning glass artwork representing ideas such as dark matter, quantum entanglement, cellular automata and many others that are almost impossible to capture in words. Furthermore, many of the physicists who have themselves made major contributions in these fields provide their comments and analysis of the works. The book provides entertaining and informative reading, not only for practicing artists and physicists, but also anyone curious about art and physics.
Intensity of emotion is inherent to the film’s meaning, and the aim of this book is to explore this in detail.
Author: Jon Towlson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Performing Arts
For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience. On its release in 1977, CE3K virtually redefined the science fiction film, shifting it away from spaceships, laser guns, and bug-eyed monsters into a modified form of science fiction that John Wyndham once called ‘logical fantasy’. What would it be like if extra-terrestrials made contact with people on Earth? How would it feel? Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Steven Spielberg’s primary inspiration, CE3K is concerned with mankind’s evolution towards the stars, towards a state of transcendence. But Spielberg’s vision hinges not so much on cool scientific intellect being the key to our next stage of evolution, as on the necessary development of emotional intelligence. To that end, we must regain our childlike curiosity for what lies beyond the skies, we must recover our capacity to experience wonder. Intensity of emotion is inherent to the film’s meaning, and the aim of this book is to explore this in detail. Along the way it delves into the film’s production history, explores Spielberg’s remarkable cinematic realisation of the film (including a comparison study of the three different release versions), and considers in detail how CE3K fits into the Spielberg oeuvre.
For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience.
Author: Jon Towlson
Category: Close encounters of the third kind (Motion picture)
For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience. On its release in 1977, CE3K virtually redefined the science fiction film, shifting it away from spaceships, laser guns, and bug-eyed monsters into a modified form of science fiction that John Wyndham once called ‘logical fantasy'. What would it be like if extra-terrestrials made contact with people on Earth? How would it feel? Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Steven Spielberg's primary inspiration, CE3K is concerned with mankind's evolution towards the stars, towards a state of transcendence.
'Are we alone in the universe?' This is a question that mankind has pondered for many millennia.
Author: Duncan Murphy
Publisher: Independently Published
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
'Are we alone in the universe?' This is a question that mankind has pondered for many millennia. There are over two-hundred-and-fifty-billion stars within our Milky Way galaxy alone; and there are at least one-hundred-billion galaxies in the observable universe. Considering the sheer magnitude of these numbers, one must conclude that there must be trillions upon trillions of planets within our universe. It would then seem logical, that a percentage of these trillions of worlds must contain intelligent life.So, the real question that mankind should be asking is not, 'Are we alone in the universe?', rather we should instead be asking, 'How long will it be until humanity finally meets its interstellar alien neighbours?'Of course, there are those who claim that this meeting between human beings and alien beings has already taken place.In Volume Two of Duncan Murphy's 'Close Encounters', we will explore five true cases of people who claim to have encountered UFO's and have been abducted by aliens. -The Charles Hickson & Calvin Parker Abduction: More commonly known as 'The Pascagoula Abduction'. A simple fishing trip becomes a harrowing experience for two fishermen when they unexpectedly encounter a UFO and its strange occupants. -The Longley Abduction: A happy family traveling along a quiet rural road in Australia suddenly find themselves being taken by otherworldly beings.-The Linda Cortile Abduction: In the bustling city of New York, aliens snatch a woman from her bed in the middle of the night; An incident with many eyewitnesses. - The Betty Andreasson Abduction: After being taken from her home by alien beings, a woman is surprised to discover that she has repressed a lifetime's worth of memories involving previous abduction experiences and strange alien experimentation.-The Kelly Cahill Encounter: A deeply terrifying incident involving a young woman, her husband, a UFO, and a possible link to the truly frightening paranormal phenomenon, 'Shadow People'. It doesn't matter if you are a believer, a skeptic, or are simply uncertain; the concept of alien abduction is simply fascinating, and Volume Two of 'Close Encounters' by Duncan Murphy takes readers on an informative journey into this fascinating topic.
Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world.
Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world’s top animal authors, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Sy Montgomery. A Mail on Sunday “Critic's Pick” Best Read of the Year "In their writing and in their lives and in their remarkable friendship, Liz and Sy break down false barriers and carry us closer to our fellow creatures.”—from the foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of Elephant Company Tamed and Untamed―a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas―explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses. Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, “The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species―from using tools to waging war―is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals’ powers.” With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures―from man’s best friend to the great white shark―and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom’s magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature. The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller Elephant Company.
This book is a refreshing look at the lives of ordinary people whose meetings with Jesus of Nazareth are recorded the pages of the New Testament.
Author: Mary B. Williamson
This book is a refreshing look at the lives of ordinary people whose meetings with Jesus of Nazareth are recorded the pages of the New Testament. It is believed they were all real people, though not all are named. They share a common experience; a brief but life-changing encounter with the One who foreknew them intimately, God's own Son. This One reached out to each individual on the most personal level imaginable and caused a change so dramatic that their lives were never the same. Humankind still hungers for that personal experience. This book is an attempt to show that He is still anxious to meet us today, and not only meet us, but call us friends.
Hynek proposed three types of close encounter:First Kind: Sighting of one or more UFOs at a distance of 500 feet or less.Second Kind: Sighting of a UFO with associated physical effects (e.g. heat, electrical interference, etc).Third Kind: ...
According to Paranormal-Encylopedia.com:The term close encounter was coined by American astronomer and ufologist Josef Allen Hynek (1910 - 1986) in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. Hynek proposed three types of close encounter:First Kind: Sighting of one or more UFOs at a distance of 500 feet or less.Second Kind: Sighting of a UFO with associated physical effects (e.g. heat, electrical interference, etc).Third Kind: Sighting of an animated being (presumably an alien but not specifically defined as such.) Since Hynek's original classification several more types have been suggested, although these are not universally recognized:Fourth Kind: Human abduction by an alien. May also include voluntary experiences.Fifth Kind: Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials. It had been said that, although they had a horrible family life, Roy Neary's family deserved better than what they were given. Being a family man, I felt that Roy deserved a second chance, an opportunity to try and make things right for his family and for himself. This rendering is based on the family values put forth by Stephen Spielberg while speaking about the movie and novel Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: "That was 1977. So I wrote that blithely. Today, I would never have the guy leaving his family and going on the mother ship". There are many unknown forces from within and without that could destroy Roy's quest to return to Earth and to his family. Getting home is just a small part of his dilemma. He also has to consider the attitudes of the people that he desperately wants to reconcile with. The story before you is about aliens, U.F.O.s, volcanic eruptions, airplane crashes, laser attacks, betrayal, murder attempts, mental breakdowns, abductions, rescues, and, let's not forget, cowboys, horses, hillbilly deer hunters, and rats. This narrative is also about the human condition - obsession, abandonment, loss, anger, reconciliation, and vindication. Above all, it is about the glue that binds it all together - love, for ultimately true love conquers all.
When it comes to bacterial disease, we are living in a state of false security. Antibiotics have indeed brought unprecedented health benefits, protection from and cure of bacterial diseases during the past 50 years.
Author: Peter K. Vogt
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
When it comes to bacterial disease, we are living in a state of false security. Antibiotics have indeed brought unprecedented health benefits, protection from and cure of bacterial diseases during the past 50 years. But there are ominous signs that the fortress and the defenses built on antibiotics are crumbling. They are crum bling because we wittingly or unwittingly created selective con ditions for the emergence of superior pathogens that can no longer be controlled by antibiotics. There are numerous warnings. After a long period of eclipse tuberculosis has now emerged as a serious threat unchecked by antibiotic treatment. Recent years have seen reports of cholera epidemics, of anthrax infections, of serious problems with Salmonella and even with E. coli, just to name a few. Mankind is in a race with microbial invaders. The challenge is to anticipate and respond to developments that affect the precarious balance between man and microbe. This will re quire new knowledge and it will take time for an effective appli cation of that knowledge.
This theory is evaluated in the chapter 5 of this book.
Author: Morteza Sheshpari
UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) are visiting Earth from many years ago throughout the history. There are different shapes of UFOs which is thought to be related to the different Aliens or entities from other planets, who are visiting Earth, one of the most beautiful planets in the universe. Different shapes of UFOs are shown in the chapter 1. Different types of Aliens who have been witnessed by humans when they are visiting Earth are discussed in the chapter 2. Usually, there are different types of encounters between humans, UFOs and the extraterrestrials entities which are classicaly called the close encounter type I up to the close encounter type IV and type V. The close encounter type IV are the ones in which Aliens or extraterrestrials entities abduct humans, mostly for medical examination and genetic engineering. In the chapter 3 and 4, some cases of close encounters type III and type IV were described, respectively. There is no doubt that the Aliens, frequently Nordic Aliens, Gray Aliens, and Reptalian Aliens have manipulated and engineered human genom to give higher and better capabilities to humans for survival, advancement, and preserving the planet Earth. Astronomical studies by NASA showes that there are two trillion galaxies in the universe. Our galaxy which is milky way galaxy has 100 billion planets, from which 6 billions are Earth like planets. The distances between Earth like planets and our Earth planet are at least many light years distance, Considering this point and lack of human knowledge and having technical difficulties for building UFOs similar to Aliens' ones who can travel the long distances between their planets and Earth in short period of time, a need for collaboration between the humans and Aliens are felt for inhabitting Earth like planets. We humans can use their knowledge and technology for building the advance UFOs or if it be impossible or Aliens do not transfer technology to the humans, we can use Alien collaboration and their UFOs by their own conduction based on the mutual agreement to inhabit Earth like planets. This theory is evaluated in the chapter 5 of this book.
In this exciting sequel to The Nerdy Dozen, Neil Andertol and his gang of dorky gamers are once again called on to fly a top-secret mission—one that is literally out of this world.
Author: Jeff Miller
Category: Juvenile Fiction
In this exciting sequel to The Nerdy Dozen, Neil Andertol and his gang of dorky gamers are once again called on to fly a top-secret mission—one that is literally out of this world. This time, rescuing mankind means heading into outer space. A top-secret spacecraft has been stolen, and NASA needs the best pilots in the universe to get it back—the Nerdy Dozen. It's a race against time to stop an earth-shattering disaster. Can the twelve geeks save the day again—or will it be game over?
"Everyone has heard of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But what about close encounters of the fatal kind?
Author: Nick Redfern
Publisher: New Page Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"Everyone has heard of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But what about close encounters of the fatal kind? The field of ufology is rife with unsettling examples of suspicious deaths, accidents that may not have been accidents and conveniently timed heart attacks. Out-of-the-blue suicides that, upon investigation, bear the distinct hallmarks of murder, are shockingly common. And grisly deaths at the hands of both extraterrestrials and government agents have been reported but then hushed up. Researchers and witnesses to these and other terrible events have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again"--P.  of cover.