Holding On to Reality is a brilliant history of information, from its inception in the natural world to its role in the transformation of culture to the current Internet mania and is attendant assets and liabilities. Drawing on the history of ideas, the details of information technology, and the boundaries of the human condition, Borgmann illuminates the relationship between things and signs, between reality and information. "[Borgmann] has offered a stunningly clear definition of information in Holding On to Reality. . . . He leaves room for little argument, unless one wants to pose the now vogue objection: I guess it depends on what you mean by nothing."—Paul Bennett, Wired "A superb anecdotal analysis of information for a hype-addled age."—New Scientist "This insightful and poetic reflection on the changing nature of information is a wonderful antidote to much of the current hype about the 'information revolution.' Borgmann reminds us that whatever the reality of our time, we need 'a balance of signs and things' in our lives."—Margaret Wertheim, LA Weekly
Birth, life, death, the passing of generations, addictions, religion, faith, sex, politics, war, jobs, hurricanes, technology, reality--all of these things touch our lives and are a part of who we are. Holding Hands with Reality records poetry and prose spanning fifty years of observing, participating and living in these realities.
The “reality slap” takes many different forms. Sometimes, it’s more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a divorce, the loss of a job, a freak accident, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it’s a little gentler. Envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment, and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality slap takes, one thing’s for sure—it hurts! And most of us don’t deal with the pain very well. The Reality Slap offers a four-part path for healing from crises based on acceptance and commitment therapy. In these pages, you will learn how to: • Find peace in the midst of your pain • Rediscover calm in the midst of chaos • Turn difficult emotions into wisdom and compassion • Find fulfillment, even when you can’t get what you want • Heal your wounds and emerge stronger than before Unlike some self-help books that claim you can have everything you ever wanted in life, if you only put your mind to it, this book claims that you can't have everything in life. The hard truth of this world is that we are all going to experience disappointment, frustration, failure, loss, rejection, illness, injury, aging, and death at some point. However, in spite of all this, you can still lead a rich and rewarding life. Let this book be your guide.
Faith can be the cornerstone of ones strength. While some may believe having faith means their lives will be free of conflict and loss, in reality, the opposite is often true. Holding on to My Faith: Memoirs of an Unbroken Spirit is the story of author Terrieanne E. Stotts medical, physical, mental, and spiritual struggles that resulted from the many autoimmune diseases she has. Shes coped with varied facets of her various illnesses, has been hospitalized on numerous occasions, and endured unbelievable pain. Stott has also been the victim of severe verbal, physical, and mental abuse stemming from her multiple failed marriages. Her life would be a trial for most of us. But despite her circumstances, Stotts faith has never waivered. It has resulted in, among other things, two children who have become successful adults. Although Holding on to My Faith: Memoirs of an Unbroken Spirit depicts many difficult, even terrible situations, it is a story of victory and an unbroken spirit. Youll see how even though faith will not stop bad things from happening, it will show you how to get through those situations and thrive.
When a friend is going through the "hell" of divorce, abuse, illness, job loss, or some other difficulty, the Christian friend feels spiritually compelled to offer a helping hand and a listening ear. Author and speaker Connie Neal reveals the secrets that allow women to truly love their friends while avoiding unhealthy dependency, disillusionment and burn-out.
“Meera, stop telling stories,” I was told. To me, it was a Calmness, which had the Turbulence of a Rough Sea, and a Tsunami of Currents hitting my Mind with Questions. Sometimes, I screamed in the silence, like a Bud in the Blossoming stage, Sometimes, I accepted the Sometimes, Sometimes, I ran from the Situation, And Sometimes, the SAME Situation brought me back to The Reality! The Reality, where I illustrated my ‘Illusions to Happiness’ and said: “Why not create Stories if that’s My Strength?” And I realized: Yes, Happiness is in Creating Stories. And I went blogging my Learning as A Happiness for 100 straight days, sharing my Experience and reflecting what I resonated, CREATING MY LEGACY Called HAPPINESS!
"This book exposes research accounts which seek to convey an appreciation for local differences, for the empowerment of people and for the human-centred design of urban technology"--Provided by publisher.
While the historical development of symbolic power has benefitted humanity enormously, there is an insidious and seldom recognised price that goes beyond environmental degradation and cultural disintegration. With insights from both social and natural sciences, this book explores the changing character of subjectivity in contemporary life.