A Significant Life

Author: Todd May
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226235707
Release Date: 2015-04-02
Genre: Philosophy

What makes for a good life, or a beautiful one, or, perhaps most important, a meaningful one? Throughout history most of us have looked to our faith, our relationships, or our deeds for the answer. But in A Significant Life, philosopher Todd May offers an exhilarating new way of thinking about these questions, one deeply attuned to life as it actually is: a work in progress, a journey—and often a narrative. Offering moving accounts of his own life and memories alongside rich engagements with philosophers from Aristotle to Heidegger, he shows us where to find the significance of our lives: in the way we live them. May starts by looking at the fundamental fact that life unfolds over time, and as it does so, it begins to develop certain qualities, certain themes. Our lives can be marked by intensity, curiosity, perseverance, or many other qualities that become guiding narrative values. These values lend meanings to our lives that are distinct from—but also interact with—the universal values we are taught to cultivate, such as goodness or happiness. Offering a fascinating examination of a broad range of figures—from music icon Jimi Hendrix to civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, from cyclist Lance Armstrong to The Portrait of a Lady’s Ralph Touchett to Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer who tried to assassinate Hitler—May shows that narrative values offer a rich variety of criteria by which to assess a life, specific to each of us and yet widely available. They offer us a way of reading ourselves, who we are, and who we might like to be. Clearly and eloquently written, A Significant Life is a recognition and a comfort, a celebration of the deeply human narrative impulse by which we make—even if we don’t realize it—meaning for ourselves. It offers a refreshing way to think of an age-old question, of quite simply, what makes a life worth living.

The Universe Life and Everything

Author: Sarah Durston
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789048539055
Release Date: 2017-10-12
Genre: Philosophy

he way we understand the world we live in is changing. Our traditional understanding is being challenged by developments in physics, including quantum mechanics, and our inability to explain certain complex phenomena such as consciousness. In this book, scholars from a variety of backgrounds discuss how our understanding of our world is expanding to include such phenomena.

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire

Author: Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 1400050901
Release Date: 2003-10-21
Genre: Self-Help

As elegant as his bestselling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring of creation, we can literally rewrite our destinies in any way we wish. From this realm of pure potential we are connected to everything that exists and everything that is yet to come. “Coincidences” can then be recognized as containing precious clues about particular facets of our lives that require our attention. As you become more aware of coincidences and their meanings, you begin to connect more and more with the underlying field of infinite possibilities. This is when the magic begins. This is when you achieve the spontaneous fulfillment of desire. At a time when world events may leave us feeling especially insignificant and vulnerable, Deepak Chopra restores our awareness of the awesome powers within us. And through specific principles and exercises he provides the tools with which to create the magnificent, miraculous life that is our birthright. From the Hardcover edition.

Life the Universe and Everything

Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 9780307496508
Release Date: 2008-12-24
Genre: Fiction

"HYSTERICAL!" --The Philadelphia Inquirer The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation. They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox. How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it--and don't know it! "ADAMS IS ONE OF THOSE RARE TREASURES: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading." --The Arizona Daily Star From the Paperback edition.

The Big Picture

Author: Sean Carroll
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780746074
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Science

Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams mean anything out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific worldview? Acclaimed award-winning author Sean Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear on the realms of knowledge, the laws of nature and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all. In a dazzlingly unique presentation, Carroll takes us through the scientific revolution’s avalanche of discoveries, from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself. Delving into the way the world works at the quantum, cosmic and human levels, he reveals how human values relate to scientific reality. An extraordinary synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought, The Big Picture is Carroll’s quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, from Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan to Daniel Dennett and E. O. Wilson, this book shows that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.

In the Nick of Time

Author: Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781524616465
Release Date: 2016-07-08
Genre: Self-Help

Coincidences, synchronicities, and dreams bear marked similarities. They often catch us off guard, and we tend to easily discount them without giving them much thought. The signs and symbols involved are considered to be guideposts for the wise as they each hold much meaning and significance if we are open and receptive to their messages.

Our Mathematical Universe

Author: Max Tegmark
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780385350495
Release Date: 2014-01-07
Genre: Science

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last—this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

Voodoo Loveshadow

Author: Eric Muss-Barnes
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 9781329656116
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Genre: Fiction

Ever since he was a little boy, Rusty Stratford always believed he was destined for great things. Now, with his 40th birthday fast approaching, Rusty is starting to suspect he might only be destined for mediocre things. A bachelor with few family members and fewer friends, life hasn't quite panned out the way Rusty hoped it would, and he's beginning to resign himself to being alone and unimportant. All that changes the night he meets the precocious ghosts of his unborn twin daughters, Isabeau and Oona. Quickly, he comes to discover the universe is a strange brew of fate and happenstance wherein Isabeau and Oona only have a small window of time during which their spirits can be born. Can the little girls help their father find the woman destined to become their mom? Or will Isabeau and Oona miss their chance to exist? If you squandered decades of your life awaiting "one true love" who never arrived, this magical tale will comfort your heartache with an empathy like you've never known.

The Edge of the Universe

Author: Deanna Haunsperger
Publisher: MAA
ISBN: 0883855550
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Mathematics

Presents a collection of articles from "Math Horizons," including fiction, humor, history, social commentary, biographies, and theatrical and cinematic criticism.

Dancing With the Universe

Author: Jeanne Weikert
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781475918717
Release Date: 2012-06
Genre: Self-Help

Start living up to your potential by using your life experience and hard-earned knowledge to discover your inner wisdom so that you may better understand your place in the universe. Jeanne Weikert invites you to take action to determine how your life unfolds. By sharing stories from her life, from members of her workshops, and the experiences of those dealing with life threatening illness, she helps you recognize your own wisdom. In this guidebook, you'll learn how to make use of all the resources available to you. Examine how family, relationships, spirituality, love, power, and possibility all work together.Become aware of hidden beliefs that you never question or acknowledge; they can exert amazing power over your life. Join Weikert as she illustrates how your inner wisdom lovingly encourages you to become your best self. By appreciating who you are now you are able to envision your future. Take the first step in your own special dance with the universe. ""Miracle Grow for the soul is what I call it."" Donald Kasen, Producer

The Secret Language of Signs

Author: Denise Linn
Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine
ISBN: 0307559556
Release Date: 2009-02-04
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

In every moment the universe is whispering to you. Even ordinary events in your life carry communications from the realm of the Spirit. . . . Whether we are conscious of it or not, the universe is communicating to us through signs. In this mind-opening book, renowned healer and author Denise Linn shows that coincidence, synchronicity, and those premonitions we've all experienced are never accidents but a kindly world's way of trying to nudge us in the right direction. Drawing on firsthand true stories and native wisdom from around the world, Linn helps us regain our innate capacity to listen to the universe, to use the signs that speak to us every day of our lives. Step by step, she shows us how to call for a sign, how to create the best conditions for receiving it, and how to interpret the signs we receive, with the most comprehensive dictionary of signs ever compiled. Designed to help you develop your own ability to interpret signs as they call to you, the dictionary entries give you a starting point for understanding what your signs are communicating. For instance . . * An abyss might symbolize a chasm in your life. Is there something that seems impassable to you? * A storm can indicate internal conflict. It can also indicate that the air is clearing in regard to a situation in your life. * A crossroads signifies that a time of decision is ahead. Take time and tune in to your intuition before choosing your future path. * Smoke can be a warning of danger. Is there a situation in your life that's about to go up in flames? Smoke can also indicate a lack of clarity. With this powerful, easy-to-use guide, Denise Linn helps us to reconnect with the magic of our inner selves to make the right decisions and choices in our lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Biocentrism

Author: Robert Lanza
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 9781935251743
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Science

Building on quantum physics, Biocentrism turns the planet upside down with the revolutionary view that life creates the universe rather than the other way around. The central claim of Biocentrism is that what is referred to as space and time are forms of animal perception rather than external physical objects. Lanza and Berman take readers on a fascinating journey through a foreign universe - our own - that will alter their perception of reality for ever.

Teachings of Andrea The

Author: Tungate Tina
Publisher: Book Tree
ISBN: 9781585092994
Release Date: 2000-05
Genre:

The Teachings of Andrea: The Window of the Soul, Edited by Tina Tungate. These teachings come from a man in Italy who is known as "the Edgar Cayce of Europe." He has an amazing track record of wisdom spanning a quarter century, yet this book is the only English translation of his work to date. The material originates from the Italian Center of Parapsychology, which has been in existence since 1946 & was legally approved by the Italian government in 1963. Corrado Piancastelli is the Director in Charge, a parapsychologist, prolific essayist, poet & writer of 15 books. He is also the instrument for the channeled teachings. His name does not appear on the book in order to place more importance on its message, rather than a person who is acting as an instrument. For the past twenty years Piancasteli has been editor of the prestigious literary Neopolitan publication Men & Ideas & the psychoanalitical Reichian Review. He has twice received the Prize for Culture, awarded by members of the Cabinet of the President of Italy. His teachings have been studied by some of Italy's most elite seekers - at a serious organization known to be free of charlatanism, false "miracle workers" & fortune tellers. These teachings reflect wisdom & spiritual awareness.