Humanity will achieve immortality in this existence in about three hundred years. That raises the question, what is humankind's immortal purpose in this existence? Is it to create throughout the universe a paradise for our species? If it is, how will people achieve an eternal paradise? That raises the question, what is paradise? According to religious beliefs, the concept of paradise varies. People who do not have religious beliefs have different concepts of what they believe paradise to be. Another question that will be asked is, why would anyone want to live forever in this existence? People of faith will accept that they are only reunited with their creator when they die. Some people will want to spend eternity in a virtual reality, and then there are those that want to spend eternity seeking eternal knowledge by exploring the universe. Paradise is not just a place, it's also a way of living, including interacting with others of like beliefs. It's differences in beliefs that cause differences resulting in challenges of how to settle the universe. Recreating Eden addresses these issues and suggest possible solutions that will need to be addressed when humanity achieves immortality in this existence.
Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens takes garden lovers on a tour of nine of the most beautiful and interesting gardens in the world. It is also a lively history of the idea of the botanical garden and its origins in what the Mosaic tradition calls the Garden of Eden. Although in other cultures it has different names, humans have yearned for this mythic place of peace and joy from which they were expelled. The founders of the first `botanic' gardens in the sixteenth century attempted to create an Eden that contained a complete collection of all things created by God. Author Mary Soderstrom explores how these gardens have evolved over the last 400 years by guiding us through a selection of botanical gardens that she has visited. Gardens of Empire - Hortus Botanicus at Leiden in the Netherlands - Jardin des plantes in Paris - Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew near London Gardens of the Nineteenth Century - Singapore Botanic Gardens - Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis - New York Botanical Garden Gardens of the Twentieth Century - Jardin botanique de Montréal - Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden in San Francisco - University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, VancouverM Featuring: 12 colour plates Black & white photographs throughout A history of each botanical garden Getting there, entrance fees, what to look for, other nearby gardens, Web sites
Many of us simply don't have time in our busy lifestyles for anything spiritual. We don't set aside 'me' times. Often we skip reading 'Inspirational' stuff because we rationalize that we have more important things to do. I was one of those people. This was one of those things. Too busy to read any self-help or inspirational stuff, let alone 'Law of Attraction' books. I thought I was above that. I didn't need self-help. At least, not until Miracles started to happen. When things seem to be as bad as they can be, if we look within, we all can discover 'The Power'. Each one of us has it. It exists within us all. It's love. And when we become aware and conscious, we can feel the energy. We can use this energy to guide us through our life. To find happiness and peace. The Power doesn't exist outside. It lives within our hearts. Understand the Universal Laws and use them to design the life of your dreams. Set yourself up to receive everything you always wanted in life. Once you begin to see the light, you'll never go back to darkness. Surround yourself with positive people. And remember, you 'get what you give'. And always, yes always, EXPECT Miracles!
In 1990 Namibia gained its independence after a decades-long struggle against South African rule--and, before that, against German colonialism. This book, the first new scholarly general history of Namibia in two decades, provides a fresh synthesis of these events, and of the much longer pre-colonial period. A History of Namibia opens with a chapter by John Kinahan covering the evidence of human activity in Namibia from the earliest times to the nineteenth century, and for the first time making a synthesis of current archaeological research widely available to non-specialists. In subsequent chapters, Marion Wallace weaves together the most up-to-date academic research (in English and German) on Namibian history, from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. She explores histories of migration, production and power in the pre-colonial period, the changes triggered by European expansion, and the dynamics of the period of formal colonialism. The coverage of German rule includes a full chapter on the genocide of 1904-8. Here, Wallace outlines the history and historiography of the wars fought in central and southern Namibia, and the subsequent mass imprisonment of defeated Africans in concentration camps. The final two chapters analyse the period of African nationalism, apartheid and war between 1946 and 1990. The book's conclusion looks briefly at the development of Namibia in the two decades since independence. A History of Namibia provides an invaluable introduction and reference source to the past of a country that is often neglected, despite its significance in the history of the region and, indeed, for that of European colonialism and international relations. It makes accessible the latest research on the country, illuminates current controversies, puts forward new insights, and suggests future directions for research. The book's extensive bibliography adds to its usefulness for scholar and general reader alike.
"Don't be fooled by this book's simplicity: therein lies its power and magic! Choosing Easy World is transformational. It is an invitation to a new paradigm for living." —Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author and featured teacher in The Secret Contrary to what we've believed, life does not have to be hard. And it was never intended to be! Choosing Easy World explores the concept that we can access a place where everything works out effortlessly, harmoniously, and in support of our highest possibilities for well-being. As its title implies, Choosing Easy World reveals that the key to being in this reality—in "Easy World"—is as simple and easy as choosing to be. Woven throughout with powerful personal stories of opting into Easy World with remarkable results, Choosing Easy World provides readers with inspiration, instructions, and support for doing so themselves. In this book, you will learn: • How eleven simple words can take you to Easy World • True stories of people who have used the Easy World technique to change their lives • The differences between Difficult World and Easy World • What to do when Choosing Easy World seems impossible • How to Choose Easy World even under the worst of circumstances • And many more techniques and stories using these powerful tools. Choosing Easy World not only gives you the secret to getting to this amazing alternate reality even in the most challenging of times, it teaches you how to transcend the Difficult World-addicted aspect of your mind and contains a wealth of practical, leading-edge strategies for supporting your Easy World existence. This life-transforming book is for everyone who • Is experiencing problems with finances, career, relationships, or any facet of life • Is tired of trying hard but feeling as though they're getting nowhere • Isn't experiencing joy as their usual state of being • Feels overwhelmed by their never-ending to-do list with all its shoulds and ought-tos • Is tired of doing things they're not passionate about, or even suited for, just to pay the bills. • Yearns to discover their life purpose and fulfill it • Is longing for contentment and inner peace—outer peace, too
Jorgensen's Ecosystem Ecology provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the world’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This derivative volume based on the best-selling Encyclopedia of Ecology (published 2008) is the only book currently published that provides an overview of the world’s ecosystems in a concise format. Provides an overview of the world’s ecosystems in a concise format Covers aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems Based on the best-selling Encyclopedia of Ecology Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding
Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, The Science of Describing reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, naturalists focused on understanding ancient and medieval descriptions of the natural world, but by the mid-sixteenth century naturalists turned toward distinguishing and cataloguing new plant and animal species. To do so, they developed new techniques of observing and recording, created botanical gardens and herbaria, and exchanged correspondence and specimens within an international community. By the early seventeenth century, naturalists began the daunting task of sorting through the wealth of information they had accumulated, putting a new emphasis on taxonomy and classification. Illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, and photographs, The Science of Describing is the first broad interpretation of Renaissance natural history in more than a generation and will appeal widely to an interdisciplinary audience.
Carolyn Merchant’s foundational 1980 book The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution established her as a pioneering researcher of human-nature relations. Her subsequent groundbreaking writing in a dozen books and over one hundred peer-reviewed articles have only fortified her position as one of the most influential scholars of the environment. This book examines and builds upon her decades-long legacy of innovative environmental thought and her critical responses to modern mechanistic and patriarchal conceptions of nature and women as well as her systematic taxonomies of environmental thought and action. Seventeen scholars and activists assess, praise, criticize, and extend Merchant’s work to arrive at a better and more complete understanding of the human place in nature today and the potential for healthier and more just relations with nature and among people in the future. Their contributions offer personal observations of Merchant’s influence on the teaching, research, and careers of other environmentalists.
Once mostly rolling hills and valleys covered with hardwood forest in the seventeenth century, contemporary Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley now claim the largest concentration of many of the finest public and private gardens in the world. William M. Klein explores the broader attitudes and behaviors toward nature that have influenced this developmentt - of colonial farms and gardens created for survival to the art of suburban gardens to nature conservatories and public parks. Discover how in 300 years we have moved from fencing nature out to fencing nature in. Out of the past, examine the worm fence at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantations, overgrown by weeds as it would have been during Colonial times, zigzagging across the fields tenuously holding back the great forest that presses down. Into the present, consider the chain link fence at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum that bounds a threatened wetland habitat from the intrusion of highways and reverberates to the sounds of traffic from I-95 and the Philadelphia International Airport. Klein's eloquent and knowledgeable narrative include detailed portraits of forty-four individual gardens, all lustrously illustrated by noted garden photographer Derek Fell. While considering a particular garden's historical and social influences, Klein discusses the philosophy behind each garden, its planner's goals and even personality, and the garden's interaction with surrounding architecture. This complete guide also includes each location's address, phone number, hours of operation, events, and featured plants, flowers, and trees. Yet this book goes far beyond the usual guides in this search for answers to the perennial questions of how and why each generation struggles to define its place in nature. As we approach the twenty-first century, the garden has become the metaphor for how we must begin to view all nature today - tended space where we collect, name, nurture, and share our love of plants. Author note: Formerly Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. William M. Klein, Jr. is Executive Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lawai, Hawaii. In 1993 he was presented with the American Horticultural Society's Professional Award, and has been a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1989. He has published many important writings on nature, botany, and landscape, including his previous book, The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania: Annotated Checklist and Atlas. Derek Fell is a widely published garden photographer and the author of more than 50 garden books and garden calendars.
Environmental Infrastructure in African History offers a new approach for analyzing and narrating environmental change. Environmental change conventionally is understood as occurring in a linear fashion, moving from a state of more nature to a state of less nature and more culture. In this model, non-Western and premodern societies live off natural resources, whereas more modern societies rely on artifact, or nature that is transformed and domesticated through science and technology into culture. In contrast, Emmanuel Kreike argues that both non-Western and premodern societies inhabit a dynamic middle ground between nature and culture. He asserts that humans- in collaboration with plants, animals, and other animate and inanimate forces - create environmental infrastructure that constantly is remade and reimagined in the face of ongoing processes of change.