The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire
Author: Michael Pollan
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2001-06-12
ISBN: 1588360083
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Botany of Desire Book Excerpt:

The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds’s most basic yearnings—and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom? Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.

Summary of Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire by Milkyway Media

Summary of Michael Pollan   s The Botany of Desire by Milkyway Media
Author: Milkyway Media
Publsiher: Milkyway Media
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2018-08-30
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire by Milkyway Media Book Excerpt:

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001) examines the intricate evolutionary relationship between plant cultivation and human desire. Author Michael Pollan explores this relationship by recounting the history of four plants that have been cultivated to meet four distinct human longings… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

Quicklet on Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire CliffNotes like Summary Analysis and Review

Quicklet on Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire  CliffNotes like Summary  Analysis  and Review
Author: Britt Keller
Publsiher: Hyperink Inc
Total Pages: 43
Release: 2012-03-04
ISBN: 1614640998
Category: Study Aids
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quicklet on Michael Pollan s The Botany of Desire CliffNotes like Summary Analysis and Review Book Excerpt:

Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick! ABOUT THE BOOK For look into a flower, and what do you see? Into the very hear of natures double naturethat is, the contending energies of creation and dissolution, the spiring toward complex form and the tidal pull away from it. Apollo and Dionysus were names the Greeks gave to these two faces of nature, and nowhere in nature is their contest as plain or as poignant as it is in the beauty of a flower and its rapid passing. Published over ten years ago, Michael Pollans The Botany of Desire: A Plants-Eye View of The World has had a profound impact on a generation increasingly sensitive to their interaction with nature and the environment. Teaching us to bridge gaps and take on perspectives other than our own, Pollan shows us revelatory information regarding our shared history with plants. Throughout the book, the dichotomy of the Apollonian and Dionysian are expounded upon the balance that is inherent in nature. Ideally, there is a give and take between controlled clarity and the seemingly chaotic. This extends to the reciprocal relationship between man and plant. MEET THE AUTHOR Britt Keller enjoys writing on any number of topics in order to share her understanding and perspective with others. She went to school for design, but has lately become more interested in reading, writing, philosophy, etcetera. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The Basic Desire All beings are united by the most basic of desires: making copies of itself. For Pollan, the next logical step was to seriously consider the plants point of view. More specifically: the apple, the tulip, cannabis, and the potato. While we consider them domesticized, that gives the impression that were in charge. Unequivocally, they are in turn manipulating us, each party ensuring the survival of the other species. Further, by looking at the social history of each of these plants, we find highly accurate clues about the history of mankind. We shape them, and they shape us. In tracing our relation to the development of each plant, we unlock a multitude of implications about who we are. Whos Domesticating Whom? Recognizing the complexity and sophistication of plants lies in appreciating the difference in direction theyve taken to invent new strategies of survival. Transforming water, soil, and sunlight, they are true alchemists... Buy a copy to keep reading! CHAPTER OUTLINE Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World + About The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of The World + About Michael Pollan + Overall Summary + The Human Bumblebee + ...and much more

Cannabis Forgetting and the Botany of Desire

Cannabis  Forgetting  and the Botany of Desire
Author: Michael Pollan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 58
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Agriculture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction
Author: Lynda G. Adamson
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780313328558
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction Book Excerpt:

Nonfiction is widely read and is increasingly prominent in the curriculum.

The Art of Public Writing

The Art of Public Writing
Author: Zachary Michael Jack
Publsiher: Parlor Press LLC
Total Pages: 295
Release: 2020-10-28
ISBN: 1643172182
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Public Writing Book Excerpt:

Today’s professionals recognize the need to elevate written communication beyond argument-driven pedantry, political polemic, and obtuse pontification. Whether the goal is to write the next serious work of best-selling nonfiction, to develop a platform as a public scholar, or simply to craft clear and concise workplace communication, The Art of Public Writing demystifies the process, showing why it’s not just nice, but necessary, to connect with those inside and outside one’s area of expertise. Drawing on a diverse set of examples ranging from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species to Steven Levitt’s Freakonomics, Zachary Michael Jack offers invaluable advice for researchers, scholars, and working professionals determined to help interpret field-specific debates for wider audiences, address complex issues in the public sphere, and successfully engage audiences beyond the Corner Office and the Ivory Tower.

Useless Beauty

Useless Beauty
Author: Ann Elias
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2015-10-05
ISBN: 144388457X
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Useless Beauty Book Excerpt:

The story of Australian art does not begin and end with landscape. This book puts flowers front and centre, because they have often been ignored in preference for more masculine themes. Departing from where studies of single flower artists leave off, Useless Beauty embraces the general topic of flowers in Australian art and shines new light on a slice of Australian art history that extends from 1880 to 1950. It is the first book of broad chronology to discuss Australian art through blossoms, which it does by addressing stories of major figures including Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston and Sidney Nolan, as well as specific objects such as surreal flowers, Aboriginal flowers and war flowers. Whether modern or conservative, the artists in this study shared an intellectual and emotional passion for flora. This was true for men as well as women, despite blossoms being a more traditionally feminine subject. Through spectacular reproductions of historical and contemporary artworks drawn from collections in Australia, the United States, Britain and New Zealand, Useless Beauty explores how flowers influenced the psyche, governed rituals, defined identity and brought a psychological dimension to the everyday. The peak years for flower-centricity in Australian art were between 1920 and 1940 when flowers were known as the apotheosis of useless beauty.

Garden Plots

Garden Plots
Author: Shelley Saguaro
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780754637530
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Garden Plots Book Excerpt:

Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.

Plants in Science Fiction

Plants in Science Fiction
Author: Katherine E. Bishop,David Higgins,Jerry Määttä
Publsiher: University of Wales Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2020-05-01
ISBN: 1786835606
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Plants in Science Fiction Book Excerpt:

Plants have played key roles in science fiction novels, graphic novels and film. John Wyndham’s triffids, Algernon Blackwood’s willows and Han Kang’s sprouting woman are just a few examples. Plants surround us, sustain us, pique our imaginations and inhabit our metaphors – but in many ways they remain opaque. The scope of their alienation is as broad as their biodiversity. And yet, literary reflections of plant-life are driven, as are many threads of science fictional inquiry, by the concerns of today. Plants in Science Fiction is the first-ever collected volume on plants in science fiction, and its original essays argue that plant-life in SF is transforming our attitudes toward morality, politics, economics and cultural life at large – questioning and shifting our understandings of institutions, nations, borders and boundaries; erecting and dismantling new visions of utopian and dystopian futures.

Fruitless Fall

Fruitless Fall
Author: Rowan Jacobsen
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-07-15
ISBN: 9781608192533
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fruitless Fall Book Excerpt:

Many people will remember that Rachel Carson predicted a silent spring, but she also warned of a fruitless fall, a time with no pollination and no fruit. The fruitless fall nearly became a reality when, in 2007, beekeepers watched thirty billion bees mysteriously die. And they continue to disappear. The remaining pollinators, essential to the cultivation of a third of American crops, are now trucked across the country and flown around the world, pushing them ever closer to collapse. Fruitless Fall does more than just highlight this growing agricultural catastrophe. It emphasizes the miracle of flowering plants and their pollination partners, and urges readers not to take the abundance of our Earth for granted. A new afterword by the author tracks the most recent developments in this ongoing crisis.

Creative Close Ups

Creative Close Ups
Author: Harold Davis
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 203
Release: 2011-02-14
ISBN: 1118076192
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creative Close Ups Book Excerpt:

The essential guide for digital macro photographers everywhere The art of macro photography-photographing small objects or super close-ups of small sections of big objects-yields fascinating results, but shooting at this level brings its own set of challenges. Now you can shoot close-ups with confidence and creative flair with this information-packed guide. Renowned photographer Harold Davis provides pages of field-tested techniques on focus, depth-of-field, exposure-even the appropriate equipment to use for this unique niche of digital photography. The book includes stunning and intriguing examples of his work to illustrate concepts. Walks you through the basics of macro photography, whether you're capturing an insect, a flower, a close-up of the texture of a pine cone, or more Shows you how to overcome the challenges of this type of photography, such as using the appropriate equipment and how to handle focus, depth of field, and exposure Takes you beyond the fundamentals to help you develop your own creative style Informs and inspires you with the author's own stunning examples of macro photography Join the vast and beautiful world of small photography with this essential guide.

Ornithologies of Desire

Ornithologies of Desire
Author: Travis V. Mason
Publsiher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2013-09-03
ISBN: 1554583713
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ornithologies of Desire Book Excerpt:

Ornithologies of Desire develops ecocritical reading strategies that engage scientific texts, field guides, and observation. Focusing on poetry about birds and birdwatching, this book argues that attending to specific details about the physical world when reading environmentally conscious poetry invites a critical humility in the face of environmental crises and evolutionary history. The poetry and poetics of Don McKay provide Ornithologies of Desire with its primary subject matter, which is predicated on attention to ornithological knowledge and avian metaphors. This focus on birds enables a consideration of more broadly ecological relations and concerns, since an awareness of birds in their habitats insists on awareness of plants, insects, mammals, rocks, and all else that constitutes place. The book’s chapters are organized according to: apparatus (that is, science as ecocritical tool), flight, and song. Reading McKay’s work alongside ecology and ornithology, through flight and birdsong, both challenges assumptions regarding humans’ place in the earth system and celebrates the sheer virtuosity of lyric poetry rich with associative as well as scientific details. The resulting chapters, interchapter, and concordance of birds that appear in McKay’s poetry encourage amateurs and specialists, birdwatchers and poetry readers, to reconsider birds in English literature on the page and in the field.

Cannabis

Cannabis
Author: Robert Clarke,Mark Merlin
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 452
Release: 2016-06-28
ISBN: 0520292480
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cannabis Book Excerpt:

Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the natural origins and early evolution of this famous plant, highlighting its historic role in the development of human societies. Cannabis has long been prized for the strong and durable fiber in its stalks, its edible and oil-rich seeds, and the psychoactive and medicinal compounds produced by its female flowers. The culturally valuable and often irreplaceable goods derived from cannabis deeply influenced the commercial, medical, ritual, and religious practices of cultures throughout the ages, and human desire for these commodities directed the evolution of the plant toward its contemporary varieties. As interest in cannabis grows and public debate over its many uses rises, this book will help us understand why humanity continues to rely on this plant and adapts it to suit our needs.

The Botany of Desire Young Readers Edition

The Botany of Desire Young Readers Edition
Author: Michael Pollan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-05-09
ISBN: 0593531523
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Botany of Desire Young Readers Edition Book Excerpt:

By the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, this is Michael Pollan's ingenious companion book about the surprising and close relationship between people and plants. In this entertaining young readers edition of the environmental studies classic, Michael Pollan demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a reciprocal relationship. He links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, energy, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, coffee, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also helped them to thrive.

Tropes and Territories

Tropes and Territories
Author: Marta Dvorak,W.H. New
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2007-10-26
ISBN: 0773575715
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tropes and Territories Book Excerpt:

Tropes and Territories demonstrates how current debates in postcolonial criticism bear on the reading, writing, and status of short fiction. These debates, which hinge on competing definitions of "trope" (motif vs rhetorical turn) and "territory" (political or aesthetic), lead to studies of space, place, influence, and writing and reading practices across cultural divides. The essays also explore the character of diasporic writing, the cultural significance of oral tale-telling, and interconnections between socio/political issues and strategies of style.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND Summarized for Busy People

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND   Summarized for Busy People
Author: Goldmine Reads
Publsiher: Goldmine Reads
Total Pages: 57
Release: 2019-03-15
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND Summarized for Busy People Book Excerpt:

This book summary and analysis was created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. Michael Pollan wanted to research LSD and psilocybin and how it could provide relief to people suffering from conditions that are difficult to treat such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. This didn’t intend to be his most personal book but, because of how these substances could improve the lives even of the people with mental health problems, Pollan began to explore the landscape of the mind from his own experience. This began an adventure into the altered states of consciousness backed by the latest research on the brain and an underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan switched from historical records in order to separate the myth from the truth that have been around since the 1960s—which set a backlash against psychedelic evangelists from the originally promising field of research. A perfect blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind serves as a participatory journalism that gives a gripping account of the world of understanding the mind, the self, and our place in the world. Pollan’s “mental travelogue” not only looks into psychedelic drugs but also the puzzle of the human consciousness and how it could set us in suffering and in joy—while doing our best of find the meaning in our lives. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!

Creative Collection Black and White Close Ups and Night

Creative Collection  Black and White  Close Ups  and Night
Author: Harold Davis
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 644
Release: 2012-03-03
ISBN: 1118376153
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creative Collection Black and White Close Ups and Night Book Excerpt:

Nurture your creativity with this three-part e-book collection Harold Davis, a well-known photographer whose work is widely displayed and collected, has shared his techniques on black-and-white, close-up, and nighttime photography in three beautifully illustrated guides. This Creative Collection presents all three in e-book format, offering insight and inspiration to photographers. Davis explains the challenges of these three photographic genres and shows you how to take creative control. His spectacular images are used to illustrate the techniques, making the collection a visual delight. Close-up, nighttime, and black-and-white photography all pose unique challenges to the photographer; this e-book collection teaches you how to take creative control and produce outstanding images in all three genres Includes e-book versions of Creative Black and White, Creative Night, and Creative Close-Ups Author Harold Davis is a renowned photographer whose images are used to illustrate the techniques discussed Covers the basic rules of black-and-white photography, ideal camera settings for nighttime exposure, advice on equipment for close-up shooting, and pages of field-tested techniques to help you master all three The Creative Collection, Volume 1 offers both instruction and inspiration to photographers interested in improving their skills with black-and-white, close-up, and nighttime photography.

The Psilocybin Connection

The Psilocybin Connection
Author: Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD
Publsiher: North Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2022-04-05
ISBN: 1623176557
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Psilocybin Connection Book Excerpt:

A comprehensive guide to psilocybin mushrooms and their impact on our psychology, biology, and social development. How—and why—do psychedelics exist? Did psilocybin catalyze our early human ancestors’ social evolution? And how can an integral understanding of psychedelics quite literally change the world? In an ambitious and comprehensive look at psilocybin—and an inside look at how humanity co-evolved alongside "magic" mushrooms—Jahan Khamsehzadeh, PhD, explores our historical and ancestral relationship to psychedelics and presents new and exciting research about what psilocybin can mean for us today. Separated into three sections—Present, Past, and Future—The Psilocybin Connection advances our understanding of psychedelics in unexpected and original ways. Khamsehzadeh shares compelling research that suggests how naturally occurring psychedelics may have played an essential role in humanity's social, cultural, and linguistic evolution. Supported by archaeological evidence, neuroscience, and academic studies, he explores how mushrooms gave rise to art and expression, impacted spiritual experiences, and even spurred human brain development. Blending the most comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of psilocybin research with stories of his own and others' psychedelic awakenings, Khamsehzadeh moves our understanding of the psychedelic mushroom forward toward a fresh, hopeful, and exciting future.

Heinrich Kaan s Psychopathia Sexualis 1844

Heinrich Kaan s  Psychopathia Sexualis   1844
Author: Heinrich Kaan
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2016-09-16
ISBN: 1501706101
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heinrich Kaan s Psychopathia Sexualis 1844 Book Excerpt:

"With Heinrich Kaan's book we have then what could be called the date of birth, or in any case the date of the emergence, of sexuality and sexual aberrations in the psychiatric field."⎯Michel Foucault, Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974–1975 Heinrich Kaan’s fascinating work—part medical treatise, part sexual taxonomy, part activist statement, and part anti-onanist tract—takes us back to the origins of sexology. He links the sexual instinct to the imagination for the first time, creating what Foucault called “a unified field of sexual abnormality.” Kaan’s taxonomy consists of six sexual aberrations: masturbation, pederasty, lesbian love, necrophilia, bestiality, and the violation of statues. Kaan not only inaugurated the field of sexology, but played a significant role in the regimes of knowledge production and discipline about psychiatric and sexual subjects. As Benjamin Kahan argues in his Introduction, Kaan’s text crucially enables us to see how homosexuality replaced masturbation as the central concern of Euro-American sexual regulation. Kaan’s work (translated into English for the first time here) opens a new window onto the history of sexuality and the history of sexology and reconfigures our understanding of Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s book of the same name, published some forty years later.

Humans in Nature

Humans in Nature
Author: Gregory E. Kaebnick
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2014
ISBN: 0199347212
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humans in Nature Book Excerpt:

Should there be limits to the human alteration of the natural world? Through a study of debates about the environment, agricultural biotechnology, synthetic biology, and human enhancement, Gregory E. Kaebnick argues that such moral concerns about nature can be legitimate but are also complex, contestable, and politically limited.