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Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Incendies [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Lubna Azabal
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Escalation only ever leads to the same place you are trying to get away from., 16 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Incendies [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
This film perfectly captures the essence of this madness so poetically, and offers hope through wide open eyes, and at the heart of the movie is a heart as big as any one of us could hope for! Most powerful film i have seen in a long time! Its a story that will be seared into your consciousness for as long as you have compassion at the heart of your being. Forgiveness - is the only way forward

Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter
Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter
by Fritjof Capra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm Shifting, Ground Breaking, Inspirational, 3 Dec. 2011
A phenomenal read, truly inspirational. The scope of the subject matter covered and the holistic framework presented for understanding "Life" in its most expansive and interdependent sense is breathtaking. So much to take in, so much food for thought - its like seeing the most complex jigsaw puzzle magically come into focus before your eyes; Capra takes you on a journey that traverses the evolution of the frontiers of science & philosophy, helping us understand how early systems thinking, information theory and cybernetics have laid the foundations for ecological systems theory; elaborating a conceptual framework for defining a "living system" that entails the self-organisation patterns of autopoiesis; the dissipative structures that are evidenced in the non-linear mathematics of complexity and chaos theory and how they combine together with the process of cognition - all of which form the holistic framework that underpins the interdependent reality espoused in Gaia Theory. In order to bring together such a coherent ontology Capra applies his gimlet eyed scrutiny to the most salient aspects of scientific & philosophical determinism represented by the likes of Darwin, Newton and Einstein et al, and the Cartesian dogma of Descartes, by honing in on and dissecting the assumptions inherent within their formulations to reveal fundamental flaws that exist within both classical and quantum physics. In particular focusing on how certain decisions by the likes of Newton to ignore the effects of friction and entropy (highlighted by the 2nd law of thermodynamics) in his "Laws of motion" in order to validate his mathematical proofs, and how they ultimately distort our view of empirical reality and contrasting them with those of the new paradigms that support an ecological, interdependent, and epigenetic network of all living systems, be that at a cellular, individual, societal or ecosystem level. Of particular interest is the work of Ilya Prigogine, who has helped shed new light on the laws of thermodynamics in terms of explaining how the mathematics of phase space help us to understand the dynamics at work that underlie the forces that bring forth dissipative structures (higher levels of complexity that materialise as organisational patterns & structures) where the dynamics of equilibrium move away from the stability of the point attractor to the bifurcation points of strange attractors and non-equilibrium that bring the laws of probability and indeterminacy into play - which in simple terms provides us with insight as to how patterns of self-organisation and higher levels of order & complexity spontaneously emerge out of what seems to be apparent chaos.

Fascinating at every level, and the resonance this insight has upon all aspects of life and consciousness is truly profound.

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny
by Amartya Sen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone interested in the future of Humanity - needs to read this book!, 5 Nov. 2011
Sen brings a refreshingly lucid voice to the ongoing debates centred around the inter-faith and multi-cultural conflicts that threaten all our futures; and in particular their role in fuelling global terrorism through feeding the roots to ever more divisive fundamentalism. Sen takes an altogether more rational and reasoned approach to comprehending the nature of this multi-faceted conundrum, by highlighting the plurality of our identities as the source of hope for increased understanding and empathy between hostile groups. Key to his thesis is the misguided framing of the various conflicts that seems to drive the discourse to date - pointing out where the fault lines lie - in terms of the attempt by hegemonic powers to engender simplistic thinking (be it racial, religious, ethnic or cultural polarization) that focuses on imposing singular overarching identities on our fellow man, (to brainwash the uneducated into seeing a mass of one dimensional stereotypes, that threaten their way of life!) enabling the fundamentalists in the process to de-humanise their imagined enemies in order to incite violence to protect, preserve and uphold what are ultimately spurious conceptual realities, and in so doing diminish all hope of identifying with "supposed enemies" as fellow human beings. His suggestions as to how we can get on a more constructive path to resolving many of the fundamental issues at the heart of all identity based violence, come down to a number of critical distinctions in the way we think about freedom. Ultimately in our increasingly global reality, multiculturalism needs to be distinguished from plural mono-culturalism, in that the latter is only based on tolerance which at best produces only a federation of ethnic communities and is ultimately part of the problem - in contrast true multiculturalism is founded on cultural freedom, which itself is based on reasoned choice for all individuals as to which priorities matter most to them when making life choices associated with their plural identities. We are all after all driven by a multiplicity of motivations (be they economic, cultural, religious, etc..) when making choices, either implicitly or explicitly - and it is the context within which we make those decisions that determines our actions - and as such our freedoms are defined both by the identities we chose and by those imposed upon us - making it all the more critical that we all work toward a world where the plurality of our identities are both respected and understood, not delimited and dismissed.
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Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here
Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here
by Bruce Lipton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be given out at church meetings, 1 Jan. 2011
This book is a revelation - it not only introduces the most vital paradigm shift we as a race need to make to ensure our survival, it also provides us with a very real hope that this can be achieved and what we all as individuals can do now to make it happen. It brings together all the latest science, of epi-genetics, quantum physics and ancient spiritual wisdom to elucidate a new basal paradigm - that I for one am already sharing with everyone interested in listening! Some books can change your life, this book has the potential to change the human race and the planet we are part of! Truly awe inspiring! The book needs to be read, understood and acted upon! Share the knowledge with everyone - our life depends on it!

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