compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
A compelling and thought-provoking guide to the historical and philosophical
from the dawn of time to the present day, from Ancient Greece to North
America, each idea is engagingly explained and powerfully illustrated over a
In all, over 175 of the world's most pivotal ideas are liberated from their often
obscure and academic contexts, expertly distilled by one of the world's greatest
historians and thinkers,and given a new accessibility and ease of interpretation
with Dorling Kindersley graphics and design. The book is at once an original and
authoritative retelling of the story of civilization, a source book for all student
s of philosophy and history, and a highly browsable reference for the general
this early UK version of the publication - starting with the oldest - Eating
People - the idea of Cannibalism - then Give Me a Sign - the idea of Symbols
- and lastly the Global Village - the idea of Cultural Pluralism.
Fernandez-Armesto says - " It seems odd that one thing can signify
something else. Presumably symbols developed from awareness that some
events are cued by others. Language was, probably, the first system of signs
people devised - an agreed pattern or code of gestures and utterances with no
necessarily obvious resemblance to the things signified.
When the idea of symbolic representation occured to them, they had a means
of conveying information and making it available for critical examination - it
communication and protracting memory."
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto goes on to say in The New Illusion - the idea that
reality is unknowable - " The invention of geometry showed how the MIND can
reach realities that senses obscure or warp - a perfect circle, a line without
magnitude. Workers in arithmetic and algebra discovered unreachable numbers
- zero and negative numbers, ratios that could never be exactly determined, yet
which seemed to underpin the universe Pi for instance (22/7), the value that
determines the size of a circle, or what Greek mathematicians called the
"Golden Number" (3/2), which seemed to represent perfection of proportion."
More recently the film-maker Mark Whitney & art historian Carlo Pedretti produced a state-of-the-art computer animated video - Leonardo's Deluge - using - scenes of natural landscapes around the Arno River to underscore the symbolic significance of these drawings - and the proportional rule of thirds which is now so importantly understood by those involved in the art of film production - and those @zaadz who aspire to be so.
LEST we forget IT IS through THE Power of Visual Thinking that
world, whether from a positive or negative perspective.
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