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Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind, Ajit Varki & Danny Brower.
1 Ajit Varki & Danny Brower. Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind
New York: Twelve 2013 1455511919 / 9781455511914 1st Hardbound New New (Sings of slight shelf wear) 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches 
The history of science abounds with momentous theories that disrupted conventional wisdom and yet were eventually proven true. Ajit Varki and Danny Brower's "Mind over Reality" theory is poised to be one such idea-a concept that runs counter to commonly-held notions about human evolution but that may hold the key to understanding why humans evolved as we did, leaving all other related species far behind. At a chance meeting in 2005, Brower, a geneticist, posed an unusual idea to Varki that he believed could explain the origins of human uniqueness among the world's species: Why is there no humanlike elephant or humanlike dolphin, despite millions of years of evolutionary opportunity? Why is it that humans alone can understand the minds of others? Haunted by their encounter, Varki tried years later to contact Brower only to discover that he had died unexpectedly. Inspired by an incomplete manuscript Brower left behind, DENIAL presents a radical new theory on the origins of our species. It was not, the authors argue, a biological leap that set humanity apart from other species, but a psychological one: namely, the uniquely human ability to deny reality in the face of inarguable evidence-including the willful ignorance of our own inevitable deaths. The awareness of our own mortality could have caused anxieties that resulted in our avoiding the risks of competing to procreate-an evolutionary dead-end. Humans therefore needed to evolve a mechanism for overcoming this hurdle: the denial of reality. As a consequence of this evolutionary quirk we now deny any aspects of reality that are not to our liking-we smoke cigarettes, eat unhealthy foods, and avoid exercise, knowing these habits are a prescription for an early death. And so what has worked to establish our species could be our undoing if we continue to deny the consequences of unrealistic approaches to everything from personal health to financial risk-taking to climate change. On the other hand reality-denial affords us many valuable attributes, such as optimism, confidence, and courage in the face of long odds. Presented in homage to Brower's original thinking, DENIAL offers a powerful warning about the dangers inherent in our remarkable ability to ignore reality-a gift that will either lead to our downfall, or continue to be our greatest asset. 
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Aspects of Language and Culture (Chandler & Sharp publications in anthropology), Carol M. Eastman.
2 Carol M. Eastman. Aspects of Language and Culture (Chandler & Sharp publications in anthropology)
Novato: Chandler & Sharp 1985 0883165147 / 9780883165140 4th printing Paperback Very good (Few pages have slight highlighting) 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches 
This book presents a systematic survey of how past and present linguistic and anthropological approaches to the study of human behavioral systems are related. It is intended to be useful to both beginning linguists and anthropologists. Five areas which figure prominently in both linguistic and anthropological investigation are discussed. ● Descriptive linguistics ● Structuralism and Transformationalism ● Comparative method ● Language and Culture ● Sociolinguistics 
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Passings: Death, Dying, and Unexplained Phenomena, Carole A Travis-Henikoff.
3 Carole A Travis-Henikoff. Passings: Death, Dying, and Unexplained Phenomena
Santa Monica: Santa Monica Press 2010 1595800484 / 9781595800480 Hard bound New New 15.2 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm 
From dream research and global belief systems to such unexplained phenomena as bright lights, prescient dreams, near-death and out-of-body experiences, Passings delves into every aspect of the end of life. Taking a scientific and anthropological approach, Carole A. Travis-Henikoff looks at how other cultures deal with death, how diverse kinds of death are treated differently, and how belief systems set the tone for grieving. In addition to the use of science and anthropology, Travis-Henikoff includes both her own personal experiences with the end of life as well as the stories of others who help illustrate the striking realities of passing. Beginning with the many deaths that occurred during Travis-Henikoff's childhood, Passings moves into an up-close-and-personal look at the tragic three-and-a-half-year period when Travis-Henikoff lost her father, husband, grandmother, mother, and daughter. By combining the personal, the scientific, and the unexplained, Passings offers a comprehensive investigation into the end of life that allows readers to both examine their own individual beliefs about the subject and to gain a better understanding about how we as a species cope with death and dying. 
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Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference, Chris Weedon.
4 Chris Weedon. Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference
Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 1999 0631198245 / 9780631198246 1st Paper back New 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches 
Difference is a key term in contemporary feminism. Since the 1700s women have been concerned with how they are seen as different from men and the social consequences of such assumed and actual differences. Whereas early second-wave feminism stressed women's shared oppression and sisterhood, more recent feminism has stressed difference - of class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age.Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference looks at the question of difference across the full spectrum of feminist theory from liberal, radical, lesbian and socialist theories to Black and post-colonial feminisms. It relates feminist approaches to difference and diversity to the tendency within postmodernism to celebrate them often without due attention to power. 
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The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry, Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas.
5 Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas. The Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry
Gloucester: Fair Winds Press 2005 1592331580 / 9781592331581 Reprint Hard bound Very good (Nearly fine) Very good (Nearly fine) 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches 
For almost seven and half centuries a piece of cloth was venerated because it bore the image of the crucified Christ, but results of carbon dating have shown that the fabric could not have pre-dated 1260. Now new evidence conclusively proves that it is not a fake...yet neither is it the image of Jesus Christ. In the follow-up to their ground-breaking first book, 'The Hiram Key', Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas continue their research into the mysteries of Freemasonary and the true historical Jesus, and uncover the precise time and place of the shroud's creation. Using the latest scientific techniques they explain the strange molecular chemistry that created this unique artifact, and in solving the riddle of the shroud, they unravel a far greater mystery: how the shroud links directly to Jesus. The answer to the great mystery of the Shroud of Turin will surprise and astonish as the authors unlock the secrets of abandoned Freemason rituals and the man who would be called the Second Messiah! 
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The Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology, Christopher R. DeCorse.
6 Christopher R. DeCorse. The Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
New Jersey: Prentice Hall 2000 0134903358 / 9780134903354 1st Paperback New Not issued 19.8 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm 
This book introduces readers to anthropological enquiry, and examines the major issues and themes in physical anthropological and archaeological investigation. It strongly emphasizes WHAT physical anthropologists and archeologists do with the information they study. Chapter topics include evolution, the primates, human variation, Paleolithic cultures, and the roles of the applied anthropologist. For those individuals who understand that an enhanced global awareness is essential for people preparing to take their place in the fast-paced, increasingly interconnected world of the twenty-first century. 
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When All You Have Is Hope, Frank Odea & John Lawrence Reynolds.
7 Frank Odea & John Lawrence Reynolds. When All You Have Is Hope
Toronto: Viking 2007 0670064270 / 9780670064274 1st Hard bound New (Author's dedication remarks with sign on title page.) New 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches 
For entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, it was a long road from street life to the high life. Born in Montreal to an upper-middle class family, Frank’s life took a downturn as a young man when he was sexually assaulted by a priest. He began drinking at an early age and was soon destitute, living in degradation on the streets of Toronto. By way of a sympathetic employer, the Salvation Army, and Alcoholics Anonymous, O’Dea quit drinking and started a small business that developed into the Second Cup coffee chain. Over the years, his philanthropic activities extended to AIDS fundraising, child literacy in the Third World, and landmine removal. His message is simple: HOPE, VISION, ACTION. 
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Victor Turner and the Construction of Cultural Criticism: Between Literature and Anthropology, Kathleen M. Ashley (ed.).
8 Kathleen M. Ashley (ed.). Victor Turner and the Construction of Cultural Criticism: Between Literature and Anthropology
Indiana University Press 1990 0253205948 / 9780253205940 Paper back New Not issued 15.7 x 1.7 x 23.3 cm 
During the past twenty years of intellectual boundary-crossing and widespread borrowing between fields, Turner's notions of "liminality" and the "processual" have been adopted by many theorists of art and society. This is the first volume to place individual Turner concepts into the context of his entire career and to spell out their implications for literary studies 
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Modernist Anthropology: From Fieldwork to Text, Marc Manganaro(ed.).
9 Marc Manganaro(ed.). Modernist Anthropology: From Fieldwork to Text
Princeton: Princeton University Press 1990 0691014809 / 9780691014807 Paper back Like New Not issued 22.9 x 2.2 x 15.2 cm 
Recent insights into the nature of representation and power relations have signaled an important shift in perspective on anthropology: from a fieldwork-based "science" of culture to an interpretive activity bound to the discursive and ideological process called "text-making." This collection of essays reflects the ongoing cross-fertilization between literary criticism and anthropology. Focusing on texts written or influenced by anthropologists between 1900 and 1945, the work relates current perspectives on anthropology's discursive nature to the literary period known as "Modernism.". The essays, each demonstrating anthropology's profound influence on this important cultural movement, are organized according to discourse type: from the comparativist text of Frazer, to the ethnographies of Boas, Benedict, Mead, and Hurston, and on to the surrealist experiments of the College de Sociologie. Meanwhile the book's orientation shifts from essays that approach anthropology from the vantage points of literariness and textual power to those that contemplate what bearing the junction of cultural theory and anthropology can have upon present and future social institutions. 
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, Matt Ridley.
10 Matt Ridley. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
New York: Harpercollins: 1999 0060194979 / 9780060194970 1st Hard bound New New 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches 
The human genome, the complete set of genes housed in twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, is nothing less than an autobiography of our species. Spelled out in a billion three-letter words using the four-letter alphabet of DNA, the genome has been edited, abridged, altered and added to as it has been handed down, generation to generation, over more than three billion years. With the first draft of the human genome due to be published in 2000, we, this lucky generation, are the first beings who are able to read this extraordinary book and to gain hitherto unimaginable insights into what it means to be alive, to be human, to be conscious or to be ill. By picking one newly discovered gene from each of the twenty-three human chromosomes and telling its story, Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine. He finds genes that we share with bacteria, genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees, genes that can condemn us to cruel diseases, genes that may influence our intelligence, genes that enable us to use grammatical language, genes that guide the development of our bodies and our brains, genes that allow us to remember, genes that exhibit the strange alchemy of nature and nurture, genes that parasitise us for their own selfish ends, genes that battle with one another and genes that record the history of human migrations. From Huntington's disease to cancer, he explores the applications of genetics: the search for understanding and therapy, the horrors of eugenics and the philosophical implications for understanding the paradox of free will. 
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High on Life: Stories of Hope, Change, and Leadership, Nejeed Hassam (ed.).
11 Nejeed Hassam (ed.). High on Life: Stories of Hope, Change, and Leadership
Hamilton: Ponder Publishing 2010 0981049028 / 9780981049021 Paper back New Not issued 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches 
High on Life is a book of stories. It is a book about inspiration, about leadership, and about change. Based on the narratives of 17 young leaders spread across four continents, this book is an opportunity for incredible young people to share their wisdom, and experiences. 
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Culture and Conflict in the Middle East, Philip Carl Salzman.
12 Philip Carl Salzman. Culture and Conflict in the Middle East
New York: Humanity Books 2008 1591025877 / 9781591025870 Hard bound New Not issued 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches 
In an era of increasing interaction between the United States and the countries of the Middle East, it has become ever more important for Americans to understand the social forces that shape Middle Eastern cultures. Based on years of his own field research and the ethnographic reports of other scholars, anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman presents an incisive analysis of Middle Eastern culture that goes a long way toward explaining the gulf between Western and Middle Eastern cultural perspectives. Salzman focuses on two basic principles of tribal organization that have become central principles of Middle Eastern life—balanced opposition (each group of whatever size and scope is opposed by a group of equal size and scope) and affiliation solidarity (always support those closer against those more distant). On the positive side, these pervasive structural principles support a decentralized social and political system based upon individual independence, autonomy, liberty, equality, and responsibility. But on the negative side, Salzman notes a pattern of contingent partisan loyalties, which results in an inbred orientation favoring particularism: an attitude of my tribe against the other tribe, my ethnic group against the different ethnic group, my religious community against another religious community. For each affiliation, there is always an enemy. Salzman argues that the particularism of Middle Eastern culture precludes universalism, rule of law, and constitutionalism, which all involve the measuring of actions against general criteria, irrespective of the affiliation of the particular actors. The result of this relentless partisan framework of thought has been the apparently unending conflict, both internal and external, that characterizes the modern Middle East. 
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Israel is Real: An Obssessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History, Rich Cohen.
13 Rich Cohen. Israel is Real: An Obssessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History
New York: FSG Adult 2009 0374177783 / 9780374177782 1st Hard bound New New 16.3 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm 
In AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it—by taking what had been a national religion, identified with a particular place, and turning it into an idea. Jews no longer needed Jerusalem to be Jews. Whenever a Jew studied—wherever he was—he would be in the holy city. In this way, a few rabbis turned a real city into a city of the mind; in this way, they turned the Temple into a book and preserved their faith. Though you can burn a city, you cannot sack an idea or kill a book. But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into a temple. And unlike an idea, a temple can be destroyed. The creation of Israel has made Jews vulnerable in a way they have not been for two thousand years. In Israel Is Real, Rich Cohen’s superb new history of the Zionist idea and the Jewish state—the history of a nation chronicled as if it were the biography of a person—he brings to life dozens of fascinating figures, each driven by the same impulse: to reach Jerusalem. From false messiahs such as David Alroy (Cohen calls him the first superhero, with his tallis as a cape) and Sabbatai Zevi, who led thousands on a mad spiritual journey, to the early Zionists (many of them failed journalists), to the iconic figures of modern Jewish Sparta, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Cohen shows how all these lives together form a single story, a single life. In this unique book, Cohen examines the myth of the wandering Jew, the paradox of Jewish power (how can you be both holy and nuclear?), and the triumph and tragedy of the Jewish state—how the creation of modern Israel has changed what it means to be a Jew anywhere. 
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Money: Ethnographic Encounters, Stefan Senders (ed.) & Allison Truitt (ed.).
14 Stefan Senders (ed.) & Allison Truitt (ed.). Money: Ethnographic Encounters
New York: Bloomsbury Academic 2007 1845207513 / 9781845207519 1st Paper back New Not issued 5.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm 
Through vivid fieldwork accounts anthropologists explore the ways money has influenced their perceptions and understandings of culture. These accounts raise critical questions. How do anthropologists come to know another culture Through ordinary yet unexpected experiences with money? How is anthropological knowledge produced through these interactions? This book offers students, teachers, and researchers the opportunity to consider the work of anthropology through vigorous narrative. It also includes a Guide to Further Reading for students. With stories of fieldwork in such varied sites as Vietnam, Ghana, China, and Malawi, Money is ideal for all students of anthropology. 
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Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human, Tom Boellstorff.
15 Tom Boellstorff. Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
New Jersey: Princeton University Press 2008 0691135282 / 9780691135281 Hard bound New New 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches 
Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in love--the possibilities are endless, and all encountered through a computer screen. Coming of Age in Second Life is the first book of anthropology to examine this thriving alternate universe. Tom Boellstorff conducted more than two years of fieldwork in Second Life, living among and observing its residents in exactly the same way anthropologists traditionally have done to learn about cultures and social groups in the so-called real world. He conducted his research as the avatar "Tom Bukowski," and applied the rigorous methods of anthropology to study many facets of this new frontier of human life, including issues of gender, race, sex, money, conflict and antisocial behavior, the construction of place and time, and the interplay of self and group. Coming of Age in Second Life shows how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself. 
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