David grinspoon earth in human hands

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david grinspoon earth in human hands For the first time in Earths history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications weve made—up until this point, inadvertently—to the planet. And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. By comparing Earths story to those of other planets, astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with world-shaping influence.Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective. Our species has surmounted the threat of extinction before, thanks to our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt, and theres every reason to believe we can do so again.Our challenge now is to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change, and to grow into this task.

More fabulous furry freak brothers

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more fabulous furry freak brothers The Freak Brothers comics are a series of time capsules. Having all of them collected in an omnibus illustrates how the authors (and perhaps Americas) attitude towards 60s counter culture changed through the 70s and 80s.The good: weird, creative, and overall awesome art. Storylines are amusing and some of the political jabs still resonate, although the Freaks (as true hippies) are never really about politics ;)The bad: as with any piece of pop culture from our cultures yesteryears, racial caricatures (thankfully few) and strong sexist imagery can make reading uncomfortable. Its good to be reminded of the progress weve made as a society, but if you need a reminder that its not ok to make rape jokes, please dont read this book and instead spend the time in self-reflection or doing whatever else you need to do to clean your brain.The interesting: as the omnibus proceeds, the Freak Brother plots get zanier and the amounts of hallucinogens consumed skyrockets, but the Brothers themselves essentially stay a group of three grungy drug-fueled hippies squatting in a nameless decaying American city. What does change is the world around the Freaks.

Five elements of well being

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five elements of well being From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath (more than 2 million copies sold in the U.S.) and bestselling author Jim Harter, Ph.D., a wide-ranging book (based on a 150-country Gallup study) that will help readers improve their careers, relationships, finances, physical health and community wellbeing.Over the past decade, Gallup has introduced the concepts of strengths-based development and employee engagement to more than 20 million people around the world — largely through the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which was coauthored by engagement expert Jim Harter. In Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, these bestselling authors team up to share the results of a landmark study of wellbeing and its implications for organizations and individuals.Their groundbreaking research reveals how organizations can help employees boost their overall wellbeing — from their satisfaction with their careers to their financial security and level of community involvement. After conducting this extensive study, Rath and Harter discovered that much of what we think will improve our wellbeing is either misguided or just plain wrong.

A separate peace cliff notes

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a separate peace cliff notes NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATEDLike Leadership and Self-Deception, The Arbinger Institutes first book, The Anatomy of Peace has become a worldwide phenomenon—not because of a media blitz, movie tie-in, or celebrity endorsement, but because readers have enthusiastically recommended it to colleagues, relatives, and friends. The Anatomy of Peace asks, What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause. What if we systematically misunderstand that cause. And what if, as a result, we unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve. Through an intriguing story we learn how and why we contribute to the divisions and problems we blame on others and the surprising way that these problems can be solved.

Alphabet letters shaped like animals

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alphabet letters shaped like animals In this innovative book, animals take the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet. From an alligator to a zebra, each animal represents a different letter—but what could it be. To find the answer, children can pull out the pages to find the letter and the animal’s name. This fun format is perfect for children who are learning to grasp the familiarity and phonetics of the alphabet, as the first letter of each animal’s name corresponds to the letter depicted. Children will learn their ABCs while exposing themselves to a wide array of animals.

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