Description : Emphasizing the process of putting words to the page, this rhetoric text is organized around eight writing projects that are, in turn, divided into manageable activities: exploring the subject, identifying the audience, discovering form, drafting, revising and editing. Electronic research is discussed and integrated throughout the text, and both professional and student essays are included.
Description : John Dalton’s molecular structures. Scatter plots and geometric diagrams. Watson and Crick’s double helix. The way in which scientists understand the world—and the key concepts that explain it—is undeniably bound up in not only words, but images. Moreover, from PowerPoint presentations to articles in academic journals, scientific communication routinely relies on the relationship between words and pictures. In Science from Sight to Insight, Alan G. Gross and Joseph E. Harmon present a short history of the scientific visual, and then formulate a theory about the interaction between the visual and textual. With great insight and admirable rigor, the authors argue that scientific meaning itself comes from the complex interplay between the verbal and the visual in the form of graphs, diagrams, maps, drawings, and photographs. The authors use a variety of tools to probe the nature of scientific images, from Heidegger’s philosophy of science to Peirce’s semiotics of visual communication. Their synthesis of these elements offers readers an examination of scientific visuals at a much deeper and more meaningful level than ever before.
Description : This book is a unique testimony to the 'other world' of blindness, describing not the overcoming of suffering, but rather the reality of a world where perceptions of sound, silence and space are greatly changed.
Description : Was I born like this? Vulnerable and defenseless, her life in a tailspin from an abusive, failed marriage, Sylvie Hach fell into the welcoming arms of the homosexual community, where she embraced the non-straight lifestyle wholeheartedly, even finding and undergoing a civil union with the woman of her dreams. She believed her greatest struggles would be coming out and the acceptance of family and society; but when she is met with struggles she cannot overcome, and her life deteriorates into a hellish-merry-go-round, losing everything of value to her, a Christian family comes to her rescue, taking her into their home to live. It is there that she sees a glaring contrast between her emaciated life, and the beautiful, loving, peaceful life of her host family. That is when she comes face to face with an unseen reality she was not aware of, nor expecting to find, leading her to seek the truth, and uncover answers to the questions: Do we have free will to live however we choose? Does God accept homosexuality? Is there a right way to live? Was I born this way? In Insight In Sight Was I Born Like This be encouraged and inspired by this true story of Sylvie s victorious journey, from living the non-straight lifestyle, to finding a life far greater than anything she could have ever imagined. Sylvie Hach embraced the homosexual lifestyle for 13 years before receiving life-altering insight that caused her to turn her life around. She is now dedicated to helping others who currently live a non-straight lifestyle (or who are considering it) to receive this life-altering truth and insight, so they too, can enjoy the life they were born to live. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
Description : Site, Sight, Insight presents twelve essays by John Dixon Hunt, the leading theorist and historian of landscape architecture. The collection's common theme is a focus on sites, how we see them and what we derive from that looking. Acknowledging that even the most modest landscape encounter has validity, Hunt contends that the more one knows about a site and one's own sight of it (an awareness of how one is seeing), the greater the insight. Employing the concepts, tropes, and rhetorical methods of literary analysis, he addresses the problem of how to discuss, understand, and appreciate places that are experienced through all the senses, over time and through space. Hunt questions our intellectual and aesthetic understanding of gardens and designed landscapes and asks how these sites affect us emotionally. Do gardens have meaning? When we visit a fine garden or designed landscape, we experience a unique work of great complexity in purpose, which has been executed over a number of years—a work that, occasionally, achieves beauty. While direct experience is fundamental, Hunt demonstrates how the ways in which gardens and landscapes are communicated in word and image can be equally important. He returns frequently to a cluster of key sites and writings on which he has based much of his thinking about garden-making and its role in landscape architecture: the gardens of Rousham in Oxfordshire; Thomas Whately's Observations on Modern Gardening (1770); William Gilpin's dialogues on Stowe (1747); Alexander Pope's meditation on genius loci; the Désert de Retz; Paolo Burgi's Cardada; and the designs by Bernard Lassus and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Description : 'Insight' is not a very popular word in psychology or biology. Popular terms-like "intelligence", "planning", "complexity" or "cognitive"- have a habit of sprawling out to include everyone's favourite interpretation, and end up with such vague meanings that each new writer has to redefine them for use. Insight remains in everyday usage: as a down-to-earth, lay term for a deep, shrewd or discerning kind of understanding. Insight is a good thing to have, so it's important to find out how it evolved, and that's what this book is about. Coming 20 years after publication of Richard Byrne's seminal book The Thinking Ape, Evolving Insight develops a new theory of the evolutionary origins of human abilities to understand the world of objects and other people. Defining mental representation and computation as 'insight', it reviews the evidence for insight in the cognition of animals. The book proposes that the understanding of causality and intentionality evolved twice in human ancestry: the "pretty good" understanding given by behaviour parsing, shared with other apes and related to cerebellar expansion; and the deeper understanding which requires language to model and is unique to humans. However, Ape-type insight may underlie non-verbal tests of intentionality and causal understanding, and much everyday human action. Accessible to those with little background in the topic, Evolving Insight is an important new work for anyone with an interest in psychology and the biological sciences.
Description : In 1881, Joseph Camp, an elderly and self-trained Methodist minister from Talladega County, Alabama, was brought by his family to Bryce Hospital, an insane asylum in Tuscaloosa, where he remained for over five months. This book is an account of his stay and provides a rare glimpse of 19th century mental health care from a patient's viewpoint.