The Kingdom of Speech

Author: Tom Wolfe

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473546699

Category: Science

Page: 192

View: 4536


'A great journalist with a whip-like satirical prose style... Wolfe’s great gift is to make the heavy seem light and this book is such an entertaining polemic that I read it in a day and immediately wanted to read it again.' - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey through language. The Kingdom of Speech is a paradigm-shifting argument that speech - not evolution - is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in our Kingdom of Speech.

The Kingdom of Infinite Space

A Fantastical Journey around Your Head

Author: Raymond Tallis

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1782395261

Category: Medical

Page: 300

View: 9838


From the act of blushing and the amount of manganese in our tears (tears of pain contain more than tears of distress) to the curiousness of a kiss, The Kingdom of Infinite Space explores the astonishing range of activities that go on inside our heads, most of which are entirely beyond our control. After escorting his readers on a fantastic voyage through every chamber of the head and brain, Raymond Tallis demonstrates that not only does consciousness not reside between our ears, but that our heads are infinitely cleverer than we are.

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Author: Daniel Leonard Everett

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1846680409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 9710


Although Daniel Everett was a missionary, far from converting the Pirah�s, they converted him. He shows the slow, meticulous steps by which he gradually mastered their language and his gradual realisation that its unusual nature closely reflected its speakers' startlingly original perceptions of the world.Everett describes how he began to realise that his discoveries about the Pirah� language opened up a new way of understanding how language works in our minds and in our lives, and that this way was utterly at odds with Noam Chomsky's universally accepted linguistic theories. The perils of passionate academic opposition were then swiftly conjoined to those of the Amazon in a debate whose outcome has yet to be won. Everett's views are most recently discussed in Tom Wolfe's bestselling The Kingdom of Speech.Adventure, personal enlightenment and the makings of a scientific revolution proceed together in this vivid, funny and moving book.

Financing the Vast Expanse of the Kingdom of God

Author: Carl Wells

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781463490607

Category: Religion

Page: 100

View: 8905


Financing the Vast Expanse of the Kingdom of God deals with practical ways in which--surprise!--the kingdom of God can be expanded in dramatic fashion, using money. The book hints that this is a desirable goal. The author also clearly believes that a vast expanse of the kingdom of God is possible--leading his family and friends to worry about his mental stability.

In Our Time

Author: Tom Wolfe

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553380606

Category: Social Science

Page: 127

View: 5158


Wolfe focuses on the changing mores and social landscape of the 1980s, with drawings from two decades as a graphic artist. Reprint.

The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather's First Principles and Critical Statements, 1893-1896

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803200128

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 489

View: 4528


'The Kingdom of Art' attempts to give a summary of the first, elementary principles on which one writer based her art, and then to present a collection of critical statements--personal and occasional as well as theoretical--that seem to give a realistic view of Willa Cather as she was in the years 1893-1896.