Illusions by Richard Bach Summary
In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar.... In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places--like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.
The Illusions of Postmodernism by Terry Eagleton Summary
In this brilliant critique, Terry Eagleton explores the origins and emergence of postmodernism, revealing its ambivalences and contradictions. Above all he speaks to a particular kind of student, or consumer, of popular "brands" of postmodern thought.
Optical Illusions by Gianni Sarcone,Marie Jo Waeber Summary
Fool your brain with mind-boggling illusions, then get hands-on and make your own to wow your friends! Learn all about the science behind these wacky phenomena, from moving liquid on a page, to shapes that disappear in front of your eyes with this clever guide. The brain is an amazing thing, but it doesn't always get things right when it comes to sight. This book is here to explain why, with astounding images, baffling puzzles, and simple reveals which show the reader how each trick works. Covering a range of optical topics, from shapes and movement, to light and reflection, this cool manual contains templates at the back which reveal answers and help you to create your own astounding illusions.
Dalí's Optical Illusions by Salvador Dalí,Dawn Ades,Wadsworth Atheneum,Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Summary
Explores Dali's experiments with perspectives, offering more than one hundred color and sixty-one black and white illustrations of the artist's optical illusions.
Illusions A Psychological Study by James Sully Summary
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Optical Illusions by Gianni A. Sarcone,Marie-Jo Waeber Summary
This pictorial feast of rotations, geometric illusions, delusions, and other impossible images reveals the fascinating intersection of art, science, and magic. Includes many original illusions plus new adaptations of lesser-known visual tricks.
Illusions in Motion by Erkki Huhtamo Summary
Tracing the cultural, material, and discursive history of an early manifestation of media culture in the making. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas presented their audiences with resplendent representations that ranged from historic battles to exotic locations. Such panoramas were immersive but static. There were other panoramas that moved--hundreds, and probably thousands of them. Their history has been largely forgotten. In Illusions in Motion, Erkki Huhtamo excavates this neglected early manifestation of media culture in the making. The moving panorama was a long painting that unscrolled behind a "window" by means of a mechanical cranking system, accompanied by a lecture, music, and sometimes sound and light effects. Showmen exhibited such panoramas in venues that ranged from opera houses to church halls, creating a market for mediated realities in both city and country. In the first history of this phenomenon, Huhtamo analyzes the moving panorama in all its complexity, investigating its relationship to other media and its role in the culture of its time. In his telling, the panorama becomes a window for observing media in operation. Huhtamo explores such topics as cultural forms that anticipated the moving panorama; theatrical panoramas; the diorama; the "panoramania" of the 1850s and the career of Albert Smith, the most successful showman of that era; competition with magic lantern shows; the final flowering of the panorama in the late nineteenth century; and the panorama's afterlife as a topos, traced through its evocation in literature, journalism, science, philosophy, and propaganda.
Illusions by Rowena Portch Summary
Until now, Ian's affections for Erika have leaned toward a binding friendship. When Jazen, a gifted, high-status suitor vies for her hand, Ian is challenged. Will he become the man Erika needs or lose her love to a stronger suitor?Elle is destined to join with Drew but still pines for her deceased mate Avel. Drew gives her an ultimatum. She must give him her heart completely, or he will have none of her at all.The mood in the Spirian camp is heavy. Emotions are at an all-time high and the tension is dangerously thick. The curtain between the physical and ethereal dimensions is torn. A powerful and destructive alliance is formed between the fallen angels, and the Shadows. Will the Spirians survive the ensuing war?
Illusions!! by Rabbi Eliezer Shlomo Shick Summary
ILLUSIONSImagining that people are hostile to you can wreck your well-being, both physical and spiritual. This booklet describes a healthy alternative, showing how you can use your imagination in a powerful, positive manner. By Mohorosh,Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of his student Rabbi Nosson of Breslov.
The Illusions of Egalitarianism by John Kekes Summary
In this systematic and scathing attack on the dominant contemporary version of liberalism, John Kekes challenges political assumptions shared by the majority of people in Western societies. Egalitarianism, as it's widely known, holds that a government ought to treat all citizens with equal consideration. Kekes charges that belief in egalitarianism rests on illusions that prevent people from facing unpleasant truths.Kekes, a major voice in modern political thought, argues that differences among human beings in the areas of morality, reasonability, legality, and citizenship are too important for governance to ignore. In a rigorous criticism of prominent egalitarian thinkers, including Dworkin, Nagel, Nussbaum, Rawls, Raz, and Singer, Kekes charges that their views present a serious threat to both morality and reason. For Kekes, certain "inegalitarian truths" are obvious: people should get what they deserve, those who are good and those who are evil should not be treated as if they had the same moral worth, people should not be denied what they have earned in order to benefit those who have not earned it, and individuals should be held responsible for their actions. His provocative book will compel many readers to question their faith in liberalism.
Illusions of Power by Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere,Timothy M. Shaw Summary
A contemporary account of the traumas, dialects and dynamics of Nigeria's distinctive political economy. With an analysis located in Nigeria's pre-colonial, colonial and neo-colonial history, the authors examine the dynamics of the various pre-capitalistic communities of modern day Nigeria emphasising the autonomy, creativity, and alignments of social and political forces in the processes of market consolidation, state and class formation.
The Peace of Illusions by Christopher Layne Summary
In a provocative book about American hegemony, Christopher Layne outlines his belief that U.S. foreign policy has been consistent in its aims for more than sixty years and that the current Bush administration clings to mid-twentieth-century tactics—to no good effect. What should the nation's grand strategy look like for the next several decades? The end of the cold war profoundly and permanently altered the international landscape, yet we have seen no parallel change in the aims and shape of U.S. foreign policy. The Peace of Illusions intervenes in the ongoing debate about American grand strategy and the costs and benefits of "American empire." Layne urges the desirability of a strategy he calls "offshore balancing": rather than wield power to dominate other states, the U.S. government should engage in diplomacy to balance large states against one another. The United States should intervene, Layne asserts, only when another state threatens, regionally or locally, to destroy the established balance. Drawing on extensive archival research, Layne traces the form and aims of U.S. foreign policy since 1940, examining alternatives foregone and identifying the strategic aims of different administrations. His offshore-balancing notion, if put into practice with the goal of extending the "American Century," would be a sea change in current strategy. Layne has much to say about present-day governmental decision making, which he examines from the perspectives of both international relations theory and American diplomatic history.
From Illusions to Reality by Vesselin Petkov Summary
The greatest mystery in the world is its very existence. In our intellectual development, we all reach a turning point when we start asking the perennial existential questions: "What is the world?"; "What am I?"; "What is the meaning of the existence of the world and myself?". As the German philosopher Schopenhauer put it: "The lower a man stands in intellectual respects the less of a riddle does existence seem to him... but, the clearer his consciousness becomes the more the problem grasps him in its greatness." This book explores what fundamental physics tells us about the physical world and how the scientific picture of what exists often differs disturbingly from the "common sense" view based on the way our senses reflect the world. Centuries-old illusions are identified by showing that they contradict experimentally-confirmed results of modern physics, which clears the way toward deeper understanding of reality. The greatest illusion that the world exists only at the present moment of time has been realized by many great thinkers, but so far the human race has been unable to free itself from it, prompting Einstein to write this: "the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Getting rid of such stubbornly persistent illusions by open-mindedly examining the implications of modern physics for the physical world can help us rise above the fog of everyday life and see Nature the way she herself is.