mental floss presents Instant Knowledge (Collins Gem)

Mental_floss is proud to give a full-bodied jolt of thought for thirsty minds at the pass. mixed with titillating evidence, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories accumulated from worldwide, Instant Knowledge will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail events, the watercooler, or any powwow. To event the fresh, wealthy style at domestic, simply tear right into a subject of your selection, and upload dialog. it is that simple!

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8-Bit Christmas

By Kevin Jakubowski

It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle wishes for Christmas is a Nintendo leisure procedure. No Jose Canseco rookie card, no GI Joe hovercraft, no Teddy friggin’ Ruxpin—just Nintendo. but if a hyperactive Shih Tzu is by accident overwhelmed to loss of life by way of a forty-two- inch tv set and each guardian on the town blames Nintendo, it’s as much as Jake to take concerns into his personal fingers. the result's a Christmas quest of Super Mario Bros. proportions, choked with flaming wreaths, rushing minivans, misplaced retainers, pretend Santas, scorching lecturers, snotty sisters, “Super Bowl Shuffles” and one very bare Cabbage Patch child. informed from a nostalgic grownup point of view, 8-Bit Christmas is a hilarious and heartfelt glance again on the child popular culture of the Nineteen Eighties. boost compliment FOR 8-BIT CHRISTMAS: “Hysterically humorous and entire of middle. It’s A Christmas Story for the Nintendo generation.” – New York Times bestselling writer James Frey

“No bull crud approximately it! The Eighties are alive and rad during this fascinating, rollicking tale.” – South Park manufacturer and Out There author Ryan Quincy

“Jakubowski captures the overdue ‘80s Nintendo craze with hilarious precision. You won’t manage to placed 8-Bit Christmas down.” – Marnie O. Mamminga, writer of Return to Wake Robin

“Absolutely fascinating. Like an outdated domestic motion picture, it immediately brings you again to the magic of childhood.” – Academy Award-nominated director Steph eco-friendly

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Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent (Writers in Residence)

The 3rd ebook to be published as a part of the Writers in Residence sequence is written by way of Canadian cultural literary enormous Douglas Coupland. Coupland takes readers on an online surfing-inspired experience via Alcatel-Lucent: one of many biggest international telecommunications businesses on this planet. Coupland, with Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur, experiences from inside of Alcatel’s faceless company workplaces and wire-laden technology labs, writing in his inimitably playful and insightful method in regards to the wider cultural implications of the net and the impact Alcatel’s details expertise has on every one of our lives and how we are living. A non-fiction spin of Microserfs meets J-Pod, right here comes Coupland’s wildly humorous meditation on the web, its destiny and our attainable destiny inside it, in methods we might simply desire for and anticipate from Douglas Coupland.

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Twilight and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series)

The first examine the heritage at the back of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight sequence, timed to free up with the 3rd motion picture, Eclipse

The characters of the Twilight Saga hold a wealthy historical past that shapes their identities and activities over the process the sequence. Edward, for example, may well appear like a seventeen-year-old youngster heartthrob, yet used to be truly born in 1901 and died in the course of the Spanish Influenza of 1918. His followed sister, Alice, used to be imprisoned in an insane asylum in 1920 and handled so badly there that even turning into a vampire was once a welcome break out. This ebook is the 1st to discover the historical past in the back of the Twilight Saga's characters and their tales. You’ll know about what lifestyles could have been like for Jasper Whitlock Hale, the accomplice vampire who fought in the course of the Civil battle, Carlisle Cullen, the Puritan witch hunter-turned-vampire who participated within the witchcraft persecutions in Early glossy England, and the heritage of the Quileute tradition that formed Jacob and his humans —and a lot more.

  • Gives you the historic backdrop for Twilight Saga characters and events
  • Adds an entire new measurement to the Twilight novels and movies
  • Offers clean insights on vampires, romance, and history

Twilight and History is an important spouse for each Twilight fan, even if you have got simply gotten into the sequence or have it because the beginning.

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Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Luke Cuddy

Because the Doom sequence, First individual Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted throughout the gaming group, usually achieving outdoor that group to the broader public. whereas critics basically lampoon FPSs for his or her aggressiveness and on-screen violence, avid gamers see whatever else. Halo is without doubt one of the maximum, such a lot profitable FPSs ever to grace the area of gaming. even supposing Halo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that attracts from past award-winning technological know-how fiction literature. It employs a video game mechanic that
limits the quantity of guns a participant can hold to 2, and a multiplayer aspect that has spawned web content like pink vs. Blue and video games in the online game created by way of avid gamers themselves.

Halo’s distinct and impressive positive factors increase critical questions. Are campers particularly doing something mistaken? Does Halo’s song fit the event of the gamer? might Plato have used Halo to coach voters to stay a moral existence? what kind of synthetic Intelligence exists in Halo and the way is it used? Can the player’s adventure of struggle let us know whatever approximately real struggle? Is there intending to grasp Chief’s tough life? How does it impact the player’s ego if she identifies too strongly with an competitive personality like grasp leader? Is Halo fairly technology fiction? Can Halo be used for enlightenment-oriented pondering within the Buddhist feel? Does Halo's weapon problem really give a contribution to the intensity of the gameplay? once we willingly play Halo simply to die repeatedly, are we conducting a few kind of self-injurious habit? what's expansive gameplay and the way can it's knowledgeable via the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what means does Halo’s post-apocalyptic paradigm strength avid gamers to determine themselves as brokers of divine deliverance? What can purple vs. Blue train us approximately own identity?

These questions are tackled by way of writers who're either Halo cognoscenti and energetic philosophers, with a foreword by means of popular Halo fiction writer Fred Van Lente and an afterword by way of major video games pupil and artist Roger Ngim.

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Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy: Raiding the Temple of Wisdom (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Author note: Jon Cogburn (Editor), Mark Silcox (Editor)
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This quantity will persuade readers that the speedy ascent of the tabletop role-playing video game Dungeons and Dragons to around the world acceptance within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties is “the most enjoyable occasion in pop culture because the invention of the movement picture."

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy provides twenty-one chapters through various writers, all D&D aficionados yet with starkly various insights and issues of view. it will likely be liked by means of considerate lovers of the sport, together with either these of their thirties, forties, and fifties who've rediscovered the hobby they enjoyed as young children and the hot teenage and college-student D&D avid gamers who've grown up with gaming through machine and console video games and at the moment are turning to D&D as a richer, fuller gaming experience.

The ebook is split into 3 elements. the 1st, “Heroic Tier: the moral Dungeon-Crawler," explores what D&D has to educate us approximately ethics and approximately how effects from the philosophical learn of morality can increase and remodel the sport itself. Authors argue that it's ok to play evil characters, criticize the normal and new platforms of ethical alignment, and (from the point of view of these who love the sport) take on head-on the ordinary concerns approximately no matter if the sport has issues of gender and racial stereotypes. Readers of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy becomes greater avid gamers, greater thinkers, greater dungeon-masters, and higher people.

Part II, “Paragon Tier: Planes of Existence," arouses a brand new feel of ask yourself approximately either the true global and the collaborative global online game avid gamers create. Authors examine such metaphysical questions as what separates magic from technological know-how, how we exhibit the inexpressible via collaborative storytelling, and what the items that populate Dungeons and Dragons worlds can train us in regards to the both amazing gadgets that encompass us within the genuine world.

The 3rd half, “Epic Tier: Leveling Up," is on the crossroads of philosophy and the intriguing new box of online game reports. The writers examine what makes a online game a online game, even if D&D avid gamers are artists generating artistic endeavors, even if D&D (as considered one of its inventors claimed) may possibly function completely with no principles, how we will be able to triumph over the philosophical divide among online game and tale, and what varieties of minds participate in D&D

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Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy: The Porpoise Driven Life (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Jimmy Buffett and his track have touched the lives of thousands of individuals world wide, spanning generations and genres. yet is Buffett's track only a reliable time, or is there a deeper point to it? Jimmy Buffett and Philosophy exhibits the philosophical facet of this self-proclaimed non-philosopher's paintings. The articles during this e-book offer an obtainable method of brooding about Buffett's tune philosophically and to brooding about philosophy from the viewpoint of Jimmy Buffett's song. alongside the best way, questions are raised approximately figures within the philosophical culture from historical to modern — Epicurus, Diogenes, Heidegger, Josiah Royce, William James, John Dewey, and Judith Butler. moreover, questions about a variety of conventional philosophical matters, together with aesthetic conception, identification, wisdom, tradition, and being, are explored.

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Your Brain Is God (Classic Reprint)

By Timothy Leary

Your Brainb God by way of Timothy Leary ISBN: 1-57951 052 3C opyright 1988 through Timothy Leary Copyright 2001 via Futique belief released through RONIN Pub Ushing, I nc. POB ox 522 Berkeley, CA 94701 www. roninpub. com All rights reserved. No a part of this ebook should be reproduced or transmitted in any shape or in anyway, digital or mechanical together with photocopying, recording, or by means of any informational garage and retrieval process, with no written permission from the Futique belief or Ronin Publishing, aside from inclusion of short rates in a assessment. Editor: Beverly Potter conceal artwork: Stevee Postman hide layout: Judy July, normal Typography Printer: Bertelsmann published within the us of a dispensed through Publishers team West Library of Congress Card quantity -2001118555 fabric within the booklet formerly released in altering M? brain A mong Others through Timothy Leary.
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Forgotten Books is a writer of old writings, equivalent to: Philosophy, Classics, technology, faith, background, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' vintage Reprint sequence makes use of the most recent expertise to regenerate facsimiles of traditionally vital writings. cautious recognition has been made to correctly guard the unique structure of every web page while digitally improving the elderly textual content. learn books on-line at no cost at www.forgottenbooks.org

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The Philosophy of Ang Lee (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Robert Arp, Adam Barkman, James McRae

Ang Lee (b. 1954) has emerged as certainly one of cinema's so much flexible, severely acclaimed, and well known administrators. identified for his skill to go beyond cultural and stylistic obstacles, Lee has outfitted a various oeuvre that incorporates movies approximately tradition clashes and globalization (Eat Drink guy lady, 1994, and the marriage dinner party, 1993), a interval drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), a martial arts epic (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), a comic motion motion picture (Hulk, 2003), and an American western (Brokeback Mountain, 2005).

The Philosophy of Ang Lee attracts from either jap and Western philosophical traditions to envision the director's works. the 1st part specializes in Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist subject matters in his Chinese-language movies, and the second one examines Western philosophies in his English-language movies; however the quantity finally explores how Lee negotiates all of those traditions, strategically identifying from every one so that it will creatively handle key matters. With curiosity during this filmmaker and his paintings expanding round the unlock of his 3-D magical experience The lifetime of Pi (2012), The Philosophy of Ang Lee serves as a well timed research of the groundbreaking auteur and the various complicated philosophical issues that he explores during the medium of movement pictures.

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Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Randall E. Auxier, Doug Anderson

Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness at the fringe of Truth

Known because the operating man's poet, the Boardwalk prophet, or just, the Boss. If "love is a ceremonial dinner at which we feed," Bruce Springsteen has supplied a lot meals for suggestion. during this selection of metaphysical probes, a gang of E-street philosophers will undress Bruce's deeper mysteries like impossible to resist Jersey ladies. Can Springsteen settle the nature-nurture debate via his music "Born to Run"? What do the well-known thinker Ricuoer and Springsteen have in universal of their depiction of time? those die-hard Springsteen lovers, who simply occur to be philosophers, assemble an enjoyable guide to the sector of Springsteen reports, masking issues like Springsteen's connection to Marx and the proletariat, Springsteen's suggestion of the soul, and his prestige as a poet.

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