Harnessed

Harnessed

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  • Author: Mark Changizi
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1935618830
  • Category : Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 216

The scientific consensus is that our ability to understand human speech has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. After all, there are whole portions of the brain devoted to human speech. We learn to understand speech before we can even walk, and can seamlessly absorb enormous amounts of information simply by hearing it. Surely we evolved this capability over thousands of generations. Or did we? Portions of the human brain are also devoted to reading. Children learn to read at a very young age and can seamlessly absorb information even more quickly through reading than through hearing. We know that we didn't evolve to read because reading is only a few thousand years old. In Harnessed, cognitive scientist Mark Changizi demonstrates that human speech has been very specifically “designed" to harness the sounds of nature, sounds we've evolved over millions of years to readily understand. Long before humans evolved, mammals have learned to interpret the sounds of nature to understand both threats and opportunities. Our speech—regardless of language—is very clearly based on the sounds of nature. Even more fascinating, Changizi shows that music itself is based on natural sounds. Music—seemingly one of the most human of inventions—is literally built on sounds and patterns of sound that have existed since the beginning of time. From Library Journal: "Many scientists believe that the human brain's capacity for language is innate, that the brain is actually "hard-wired" for this higher-level functionality. But theoretical neurobiologist Changizi (director of human cognition, 2AI Labs; The Vision Revolution) brilliantly challenges this view, claiming that language (and music) are neither innate nor instinctual to the brain but evolved culturally to take advantage of what the most ancient aspect of our brain does best: process the sounds of nature ... it will certainly intrigue evolutionary biologists, linguists, and cultural anthropologists and is strongly recommended for libraries that have Changizi's previous book." From Forbes: “In his latest book, Harnessed, neuroscientist Mark Changizi manages to accomplish the extraordinary: he says something compellingly new about evolution.… Instead of tackling evolution from the usual position and become mired in the usual arguments, he focuses on one aspect of the larger story so central to who we are, it may very well overshadow all others except the origin of life itself: communication."


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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  • Author: William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101637420
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 304

Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.


Harnessed for Adventure

Harnessed for Adventure

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  • Author: Gordon Hickson
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 9780983764168
  • Category :
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 228

Written by Gordon Hickson - This is my story: the story of how God broke into my life at Cambridge University while I was trying to disprove religion and Christianity, and how He began to harness my life for His purposes. Since that time, I have travelled across the world, witnessed extraordinary miracles, endured tough battles of faith and seen the power of God's Spirit transform whole nations.This is also the story of a young couple who took God's call at face value, believing that He will always make a way where there is no way. It shares the faith battles, the joys and the breakthroughs, as well as the struggles, failures and near-death experiences.Let this book inspire you to totally surrender to "God's harness" and then allow Him to take you on His great adventures for your own life too!


Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

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  • Author: Scott McLeod
  • Publisher: Solutions for Creating the Lea
  • ISBN: 9781943874088
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 0

"By embracing technology in the classroom instead of ignorning or banning it, every educator can promote deeper learning across all subjects and grade levels. Using the 4 Shifts Protocol, 'Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning' imparts valuable strategies for avoiding missteps, overcoming implemention challenges, and (re)designing instruction that is both meaningful and engaging".


Bitterroot

Bitterroot

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  • Author: Susan Devan Harness
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • ISBN: 1496219570
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 355

2019 High Plains Book Award Winner for the Creative Nonfiction and Indigenous Writer categories In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her “real” parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born—except they hadn’t, as Harness would learn in a conversation with a social worker a few years later. Harness’s search for answers revolved around her need to ascertain why she was the target of racist remarks and why she seemed always to be on the outside looking in. New questions followed her through college and into her twenties when she started her own family. Meeting her biological family in her early thirties generated even more questions. In her forties Harness decided to get serious about finding answers when, conducting oral histories, she talked with other transracial adoptees. In her fifties she realized that the concept of “home” she had attributed to the reservation existed only in her imagination. Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real—but culturally constructed—concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance. In the process Bitterrootalso provides a deep and rich context in which to experience life.


The Nakshatras

The Nakshatras

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  • Author: Dennis M. Harness
  • Publisher: Lotus Press
  • ISBN: 0914955837
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 143

This book shows you how to access the wisdom of the Nakshatras in your personal life and for society. Through it the modern reader can understand the energies of their stars and learn how to utilize these to bring their lives into harmony with the great forces of the universe. This book is must reading not only for any students of astrology but for anyone interested in self-development or spiritual growth.


As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh

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  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0374100764
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 542

This second of three volumes begins in the middle of the 1960s and traces Sontag's evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world to renowned critic.


Harnessing Harmony

Harnessing Harmony

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  • Author: Billy Coleman
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469658887
  • Category : Political Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 269

Following the creation of the United States, profound disagreements remained over how to secure the survival of the republic and unite its diverse population. In this pathbreaking account, Billy Coleman uses the history of American music to illuminate the relationship between elite power and the people from the early national period to the Civil War. Based on deep archival research in sources such as music periodicals, songbooks, and manuals for musical instruction, Coleman argues that a particular ideal of musical power provided conservative elites with an attractive road map for producing the harmonious union they desired. He reassesses the logic behind the decision to compose popular patriotic anthems like "The Star-Spangled Banner," reconsiders the purpose of early American campaign songs, and brings to life a host of often forgotten but fascinating musical organizations and individuals. The result is not only a striking interpretation of music in American political life but also a fresh understanding of conflicts that continue to animate American democracy.


Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives

Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives

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  • Author: P. Cudd
  • Publisher: IOS Press
  • ISBN: 1614997985
  • Category : Medical
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 1156

The lives of people with disabilities are complex and various, and there are many situations where technology – particularly assistive technology – already makes a real difference. It is clear that smart phone and tablet computer based solutions continue to enhance the independence of many users, but it is also important that more traditional assistive technologies and services are not forgotten or neglected. This book presents the proceedings of the 14th conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE 2017) entitled: ‘Harnessing the power of technology to improve lives’, held in Sheffield, UK, in September 2017. This 4-day event about assistive technologies (AT) highlights the association’s interest in innovating not only technology, but also services, and addresses the global challenge of meeting the needs of the increasing number of people who could benefit from assistive technology. The 200+ papers in the book are grouped under 30 subject headings, and include contributions on a wide range of topical subjects, including aging well and dementia; care robotics; eHealth and apps; innovations; universal design; sport; and disordered speech. The breadth of the AAATE conference reflects people’s life needs and so the book is sure to contain something of interest to all those whose work involves the design, development and use of assistive technology, whatever the situation. The photo on the front cover illustrates the breadth of assistive technologies that can improve lives. Photographer: Simon Butler.


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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  • Author: William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 006193769X
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 320

Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.