compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
A compelling and thought-provoking guide to the historical and philosophical notions
time to the present day, from Ancient Greece to North America, each idea is engagingly
explained and powerfully illustrated over a double-page spread.
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 students of philosophy and history,
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
When the idea of symbolic representation occured to them, they had a means of
conveying information and making it available for critical examination - it was an
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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