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One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens.
What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70, years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.
From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years.
We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? They were heroic because they knew their chances of success were slight and that the result of their failure would undoubtedly be a terrible death. They wanted to leave a message for later generations: that there were Germans who understood the evils of Nazism and were willing to act against it.
This extraordinary story is the basis for Bryan Singer's major new film Valkyrie, due to be released in February Published for the first time as a separate book, Luck of the Devil is taken from Ian Kershaw's bestselling Hitler Nemesis and is a brilliant account of just what happened in those fateful days at Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters, when his opponents came so astonishingly close to assassinating what is one of the modern era's most terrible figures.
Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals. Arrival of the Gods. Switch to the audiobook. Nazca, once only an isolated settlement in the midst of the Peruvian desert, is today the meeting place for archaeologists from around the world.
From here you can fly over the celebrated Nazca pampa and appreciate the massive scale of the extraordinary markings on the surrounding landscape. Some of these lines are over twenty kilometers long!
Drawing on over thirty years of study, Erich von Daniken examines the various theories that attempt to explain the Nazca phenomena in terms of religious ritual, ancient roads, and astrological symbols. With the help of numerous photographs taken by the authorhalf-hanging from a small airplanehe describes the many mysteries of Nazca and puts forward a startling revolutionary solution to one of archaeology's greatest enigmas.
Chariots of the Gods: 50th Anniversary Edition. Erich Von Daniken. Why do nearly all the world's major religions share such similar myths and legends? Fully illustrated with compelling full-color and black-and-white photographs, the book takes us from the jungles of Myanmar, where ancient pagodas point heavenward in the unmistakable shape of spacecraft, to Portugal's mysterious legend of Fatima and on to the unexplained "landing strips" of Peru and Egypt, offering persuasive evidence that actual living beings inspired the legends that became the basis for many of our religious traditions.
Intellectually challenging and provocative, these findings shake the foundations of both science and faith. Reviews Review Policy. Published on.
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More featuring extraterrestrial life. See more. Signs of the Gods? Were human beings created by powers from outer space? Did extraterrestrial giants build the megaliths of Malta and the menhirs of Brittany? Was the Ark of the Covenant a machine built by the astronaut gods? In Signs of the Gods?
The questions he addresses along the way include: Why are the religious sites in Greece all laid out in the same geometrical patterna pattern which is repeated throughout the world? Does the extraordinary longevity of the ancient Sumerian kings mean that the Land of the Two Rivers was ruled by a race of supermen?
Could the first men have been produced by cloning? Do the great ruins of Zimbabwe point to an impossibly detailed knowledge of astronomy? Hear what he has to say with an open mindand you may find yourself agreeing with him. Frank G. Includes more than 20 photographs, an extensive glossary, a recommended reading list, and seven "Flying Saucers Year by Year" reference fact pages!
Dion C. March saw Byzantinists gathering together at the University of Sussex in Brighton, for the annual symposium held by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. Their aim was to consider the question of the 'Byzantine outsider'. Some categories of outsiders appear clear and simple: those marked out by class, race, sex, religion.
But these categories are not universals. Today, historians of all periods are examining the ways in which we analyse the divisions in our societies, which can determine how we look at societies in the past. There is no consensus on who forms the 'outsider class' in modern society; it should come as no surprise that there was no consensus in Byzantium as to who the outsiders were, what they had done to deserve that status, and what the result of their attaining it should have been.
The papers in this collection, drawn from the large number presented at the XXXII Spring Symposium, continue the debate about the idea of the 'Byzantine outsider'.
The scholars within - theologians, historians, literary critics and art historians - present differing approaches to different aspects of the problem.
The volume does not aim to have the 'last word', but rather to provoke debate and to open the field. Any examination of society that uses the concept of the outsider has implicitly within it a concept of the 'insider'. By looking at those on the margins it becomes easier to see who were - or at least thought they were - on the inside. Christiaan Huygens. First published in He delves into an analysis of much current scientific evidence that appears to add credence to claims of early hybridization of the human race.
It is an entirely new and novel approach, but a very readable and one. It is a challenge to readers to think constructively of the new and novel. It revolves around the coalescence beginning about fifty thousand years ago of several significant and scientifically proven occurrences. One is the beginning of the pale skin tone of Europeans.
Brener systematically dismantles the accepted scientific explanation for it and drives home the fact that the only other living creatures with similar skin tone are the extraterrestrials, often known to many witnesses of high credibility as Nordics. Unlike other ETs, these Nordics look like us, though some are said to be remarkably tall and, also unlike others, leave the contactees with very positive feelings.
Another major occurrence, the great transition, was the relatively sudden appearance of modern behavior, including artistic genius, timekeeping, and creation of musical instruments. The book is truly a tour de force. Similar ebooks. Erich von Daniken claims to have never seen a UFO. But in the fall of , on a desert ride, he experienced a close encounter of a very different kind. Some say that Tomy is a scientific impossibility.
Yet Tomy was there, science or not. After all, Tomy had for a few weeks lived among us, and that was enough for plenty of interpersonal relationships.
Here, the bestselling author of Chariots of the Gods makes his foray into the world of fiction. Tomy and the Planet of Lies is a thrilling adventure novel that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari. Ian Kershaw.
But the man who has the courage to do something must do it in the knowledge that he will go down in German history as a traitor. If he does not, however, he will be a traitor to his own conscience' Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, July The July Plot to kill Adolf Hitler was a desperate attempt by a group of senior officers to redeem Germany's honour and end the Second World War.
Pathways to the Gods. A spaceport in the Andes! A computer chart in Egyptian ruins! Primitive sculptures of figures wearing space suits! Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods stunned the world with the archaeological discovery that alien beings once colonized earth.
Now, in Pathways to the Gods, von Daniken reveals the story of his travels following the trail of the ancient visitorsfrom the technologically sophisticated stone ruins in the Bolivian Andes to the sensational Sanskrit descriptions of space battles in Calcuttanew proof of von Daniken's startling theory that man descended from the stars!
A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bill Bryson. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer.
Erich von Däniken
Born and educated in Switzerland, Erich is an active researcher and explorer. His books have given rise to two full-length documentary films, Chariots of the Gods and Messages of the Gods, and he has delivered over 3, lectures in twenty-five countries. He lives in Beatenberg, Switzerland, with his wife. Arrival of the Gods.
Arrival of the Gods: Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of Nazca