Description : Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men explores the changing depiction of superheroes from the comic books of the 1930s to the cinematic present. In this anthology, scholars from a variety of disciplines including history, cultural studies, Latin American studies, film studies, and English examine the superheros cultural history in North America with attention to particular stories and to the historical contexts in which those narratives appeared. Enduring comic book characters from DC and Marvel Comics including Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Avengers are examined, along with lesser-known Canadian, Latino, and African-American superheroes. With a sweep of characters ranging from the Pulp Era to recent cinematic adaptations, and employing a variety of analytical frameworks, this collection offers new insights for scholars, students, and fans of the superhero genre.
Description : Profiles admirable men from around the world and throughout history, including Socrates, Prince Taishi Shotoku, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Jorge Luis Borges, and Martin Luther King.
Description : This volume in The Edinburgh Leventis Studies series collects the papers presented at the sixth A. G. Leventis conference organised under the auspices of the Department of Classics at the University of Edinburgh. As with earlier volumes, it engages with new research and new approaches to the Greek past, and brings the fruits of that research to a wider audience. Although Greek historians were fundamental in the enterprise of preserving the memory of great deeds in antiquity, they were not alone in their interest in the past. The Greeks themselves, quite apart from their historians and in a variety of non-historiographical media, were constantly creating pasts for themselves that answered to the needs - political, social, moral and even religious - of their society. In this volume eighteen scholars discuss the variety of ways in which the Greeks constructed de-constructed, engaged with, alluded to, and relied on their pasts whether it was in the poetry of Homer, in the victory odes of Pindar, in tragedy and comedy on the Athenian stage, in their pictorial art, in their political assemblies, or in their religious practices. What emerges is a comprehensive overview of the importance of and presence of the past at every level of Greek society. In the final chapter the three discussants present at the conference (Simon Goldhill, Christopher Pelling and Suzanne Said) survey the contributions to the volume, summarise its overall contributions as well as indicate new directions that further scholarship might follow.
Description : ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ is not just a book. It is a prophecy that is being fulfilled everyday, corroborated in our daily news, magazines, newspapers, etc. This is not a strange coincidence, because we live now in the Era of the Antichrist. This is why ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ is not a regular book, it is a living book that is happening around us visually and invisibly, it becomes alive in your life, it reveals to you the mysteries of the self and its link to the Antichrist, secrets and mysteries that have been hidden for thousands of years and whose understanding is paramount for our soul’s survival. In short, it makes you aware of the forces within and without yourself that influence your life. Saint John used in his book of the ‘Apocalypsis’ precise symbols and arithmetic ciphers that were ‘Understood’ only by early Christian Gnostics, both numbers and symbols have been approached superficially for lack of the experiential Knowledge of God. It is only this rare gift what makes of a man a ‘Gnostic’ and gives him what Saint John called - ‘Understanding.’ This is why he makes sure to specify: ‘Let those who have Understanding, compute the number of the beast, for it is the name of a man. And his number is 666.’ Those who have only the logic, intellectual knowledge to decipher them, have believed Saint John’s numbers to be without more meaning than the symbolic. This is a capital error - no one is able to understand correctly anything written in the Sealed book of Saint John, one of the most mysterious manuscripts ever written without the secret numerological code, especially when we deal with the Antichrist. Without the code used to unveil the mysteries, it’s literally impossible to discover his true identity or to know why does he have so much power over human beings. Many have made superficial conclusions about the identity of the Antichrist, some of the most popular were based on the misinterpretation of a prophecy of Nostradamus, others have been overtly based on social preferences or fears, i.e. Hitler, Gorbachev, Saddam Hussein, any of the Popes, etc. Meanwhile, the true identity of the Antichrist remained unknown and well protected behind the wall built around him by all these wild theories about his identity. As I said before, the early Christian Gnostics used specific systems of numbers and symbols to protect from malice or distortion of truth the High Mysteries of Christianity and to communicate them to each other without endangering their purity, as only those possessing the secret code could disclose them. They were forced to do this, not only to protect the purity of the Christ Mystery, but also the knowledge they had of other mysteries who concerned the adversary forces, the ones whose role is to oppose the Christ on earth. One of these mysteries, maybe the most feared of all, is the mystery of the number 666, the number of the adversary of the Christ, the satanic beast who is supposed to reign on the earth as the false Messiah; his identity, is also the most misinterpreted identity of history. Well, that is not the case anymore, ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ reveals his true identity. Oddly enough - because we must be very near to the time when he is going to reveal himself - his followers are willingly corroborating the information given in this book, by acknowledging that they have been working for this end for hundreds and thousands of years and by talking openly, for the first time in history about their preparation for his coming and the great benefits that the world is going to receive by having ‘someone like him’ change things on earth, etc. Our Savior in the course of His instructions to the apostles about the coming of His adversary, gave them special signs to watch for that would signal the end of times, but no date. To that I adhere myself, because if He Who Is the Beginning and the End gave only the signs, and no specific time, is because of a perfect understanding of things. So, I follow His direction, observe the signs and put the action to communicate them to others. Like it or not, most of the signs have already been fulfilled– this may be pleasant or unpleasant to hear, but in these times Truth, more than ever, is a ‘life saver’ being handed to you, which may help you to survive. So I exhort those who have ears to hear and who want to be part of His Kingdom to inform themselves correctly about the true identity of the ‘adversary’ of the Christ; because ‘he will deceive many, even the elect if that were possible’ as Our Lord Jesus Himself said. ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ uses the secret numerological code used by Valentinus a disciple of Saint John to unveil the identity of the dreaded beast of the ‘Apocalypsis.’ The only correct computation and conclusions that I have knowledge of, were made by Rudolph Steiner, and G.R. Mead, and both had a different aspect than the one presented in ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ – because the time of the Antichrist was not due yet. But now, the time is ripe and the breaking of the seals of mystery of the Apocalypse is possible. It is now also possible to offer a book like this to the general public because there are technological mediums that allow us to communicate in ways that before were not possible. Book distribution, for instance, was before controlled by big publishing houses, which would probably have stopped most books containing a subject such as this – if it was accurate and true - from reaching the public. The big difference between ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ and other books in which there are diverse intellectual theories given about the mystery of the Antichrist is that ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ does not theorize, or uses a modern system of numerology; it ‘computes’ as Saint John directed us to do. It unveils the identity of the Antichrist, not by intellectual conclusions, but by disclosing its mystery with, if not the same numerical code that Saint John used, a code one of his disciples used, and which was in use in 96 AD, the time when Saint John wrote his document. ‘The Era of the Antichrist’ is a book for our era, a book of ‘spiritual survival.’ The correct Understanding of this matter is vital for the souls of every living being. As vital as to know what to do when a killer hurricane is coming. If you have ‘a hurricane preparedness pamphlet’ and you follow its instructions chances are that you will be able to survive the hurricane. Please use it well.
Description : Сто тысяч лет назад Homo sapiens был одним из как минимум шести видов человека, живших на этой планете, – ничем не примечательным животным, которое играло в экосистеме роль не большую, чем гориллы, светлячки или медузы. Но около семидесяти тысяч лет назад загадочное изменение когнитивных способностей Homo sapiens превратило его в хозяина планеты и кошмар экосистемы. Как человек разумный сумел покорить мир? Что стало с другими видами человека? Когда и почему появились деньги, государства и религия? Как возникали и рушились империи? Почему почти все общества ставили женщин ниже мужчин? Как наука и капитализм стали господствующими вероучениями современной эры? Становились ли люди с течением времени счастливее? Какое будущее нас ожидает?Юваль Харари показывает, как ход истории формировал человеческое общество и действительность вокруг него. Его книга прослеживает связь между событиями прошлого и проблемами современности и заставляет читателя пересмотреть все устоявшиеся представления об окружающем мире.
Description : Продолжение легендарного романа Харпер Ли «Убить пересмешника...»...Непростые тридцатые годы остались в прошлом. На смену им пришли «золотые» пятидесятые. Выросли дети, состарились взрослые. Повзрослевшая Джин-Луиза возвращается в родной город навестить больного отца. Но что ждет ее там? Как изменились те, с кем прошло ее детство?..
Description : "Ever since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society"--Provided by publisher.
Description : Presents the history of live-action superhero television programs and their impact on both the television industry and the comic book world, including "Superman," "The Incredible Hulk," "Smallville," and "The Tick."
Description : Despite the West's growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens any prospect for East–West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox News and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford. In Islam Through Western Eyes, Jonathan Lyons unpacks Western habits of thinking and writing about Islam, conducting a careful analysis of the West's grand totalizing narrative across one thousand years of history. He observes the discourse’s corrosive effects on the social sciences, including sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, international relations, security studies, and human rights scholarship. He follows its influence on research, speeches, political strategy, and government policy, preventing the West from responding effectively to its most significant twenty-first-century challenges: the rise of Islamic power, the emergence of religious violence, and the growing tension between established social values and multicultural rights among Muslim immigrant populations. Through the intellectual "archaeology" of Michel Foucault, Lyons reveals the workings of this discourse and its underlying impact on our social, intellectual, and political lives. He then addresses issues of deep concern to Western readers—Islam and modernity, Islam and violence, and Islam and women—and proposes new ways of thinking about the Western relationship to the Islamic world.
Description : There is widespread belief that the world's religions contradict each other. It follows that if one religion is true, the others must be false-an assumptions that implies, and may actually create, religious strife. In Natural Religion, acclaimed poet; critic, and essayist Frederick Turner sets out to show that the natural world offers grounds for stating that all religions are, in some respect, true. This book explores syncretism, whereby all religions are seen as grasping the same strange and complex reality, but by very different means and handles. The idea that all religions are true raises a supervening question: if so, what must the real physical universe be like? Turner approaches these questions in terms of scientific inquiry. Book jacket.
Description : Drawing from the development of individualism in western philosophy and American history, this book constructs a normative theory called authentic individualism. Using the precepts of that theory, it urges organizational leaders to change the way they think about their organizations and their organizations' social function. Students and scholars of political science, social science, public administration, moral theory and organizational theory will find this a useful work. Contents: Introduction to Individualism; PART ONE: A Model of the Individual from Western Philosophy; The Individual of the Ancients; The Individual of the Dark Ages; The Individual of Modernity; PART TWO: A Model of the Individual in the United States; Rugged Individualism of the Revolutionary U.S.; Rational Individualism After Romanticism and Reform; Radical Individualism from Disillusionment and Loss of Faith; PART THREE: Synthesis of Philosophies Toward a More Socially Responsible Individualist in the Third Millennium; Need for a New World View; Changing the Paradigm; Soul of the Third Administrative State; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Description : The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship to contemporary social concerns. The essays are arranged chronologically, from an analysis of popular science at the time of the first X-Men comic book in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in light of rhetoric of President Obama's first presidential campaign. Several spin-off X-Men titles--including Generation X, X-Statix and Academy X--are also used as source materials. Topics ranging from Communism to celebrity culture to school violence are addressed by scholars who provide new insights into one of America's most significant popular culture products.
Description : A critical survey of the vocabulary of Viking ships and their crews, of fleets and sailing and battles at sea, based on the runic and skaldic evidence from c.950-1100, and studied within the context of Viking activity in the period.
Description : Presenting a comprehensive overview of the design automation algorithms, tools, and methodologies used to design integrated circuits, the Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook is available in two volumes. The second volume, EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology, thoroughly examines real-time logic to GDSII (a file format used to transfer data of semiconductor physical layout), analog/mixed signal design, physical verification, and technology CAD (TCAD). Chapters contributed by leading experts authoritatively discuss design for manufacturability at the nanoscale, power supply network design and analysis, design modeling, and much more. Save on the complete set.