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Out of the Noosphere: Adventure, Sports, Travel, and the Environment: The Best of Outside Magazine Paperback – 27 Oct 1998

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For over 20 years, "Outside" magazine has devoted itself to featuring the best of contemporary travel writing and this is a collection of that writing. It takes the reader down a Himalayan river, on a journey to the oil fields of Kuwait, and chasing after killer bees in Africa.

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Fascinating mix of adventure, introspection & enlightenment. 16 Nov. 1999
By Kathy Hearn - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a long time admirer of Tim Cahill's work and picked up "Out of the Noosphere" on that basis. I was delighted to find so many other authors equally as adventurous and thoughtful. Anyone who loves travelling for the pure joy of meeting different people, seeing new vistas, and having his/her world view challenged will love this book. The writing is superb, each story/article is a good length for commuter readers. I particularly like the way each author brings you personally into the action...you have to think about what you would do in a similar situation. And the situations are mind expanding -- from killer bee research, to losing friends in mountain climbing accidents. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
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Amazing story about a dog named Gator. Buy the book for this story alone
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Get into the noosphere of reality. 12 Jun. 1999
By Mr.G.R.Fallon - Published on Amazon.com
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"Withdraw to your cell," the Desert Fathers used to say, "and your cell will teach you everything" - at least all you need to know for the fullness of life. So said Thomas Merton in his "Notes for a Philosophy of Solitude."
"Get out and about," say the editors of Outside magazine - away from the mind- and soul-destroying homogenization of urban living.
In these 40 stories - 2 by women - we have diversity in unity, enhancing the value of the anthology. The integrating principle is not so much a style of writing - a certain outdoors "Outside" style - as an attitude of gifted adventurers who report not only from interesting places and events "out there" but especially from the deeper depths of their own reflective beings.
"Get out of the noosphere," said author David Quammen. His comment provided the title for the collection. But he misinterpreted what Jesuit evolutionist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin had in mind when he invented the "Noosphere" as a word and a concept in 1922.
For Teilhard was undoubtedly an outdoors "Outside" person and rejoiced in the creative convergence of human beings in all their diversity. "Union differentiates" was his constant theme, so well exemplified in these reports from writers likewise familiar with "the wild country of the soul" (p.12).
With its foundations anchored to the genetic core of each participating member,Teilhard's noosphere enables us to communicate around the world and beyond at the speed of light - mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart and even soul-to-soul - providing a lifeline of care, concern and mutual respect to all who live not by bread alone, but dare to explore the farthest reaches of reality.
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