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Elephant Complex

Elephant Complex

Travels in Sri Lanka

  • Author: John Gimlette
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0385351283
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 432
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No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. As The New York Times once noted, “he writes with enormous wit, indignation, and a heightened sense of the absurd.” Writing for both the adventurer and the armchair traveler, he has an eye for unusually telling detail, a sense of wonder, and compelling curiosity for the inside story. This time, he travels to Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from twenty-six years of civil war. Delving deep into the nation’s story, Gimlette provides us with an astonishing, multifaceted portrait of the island today. His travels reveal the country as never before. Beginning in the exuberant capital, Colombo (“a hint of anarchy everywhere”), he ventures out in all directions: to the dry zones where the island’s 5,800 wild elephants congregate around ancient reservoirs; through cinnamon country with its Portuguese forts; to the “Bible Belt” of Buddhism—the tsunami-ravaged southeast coast; then up into the great green highlands (“the garden in the sky”) and Kandy, the country’s eccentric, aristocratic Shangri-la. Along the way, a wild and often desperate history takes shape, a tale of great colonies (Arab, Portuguese, British, and Dutch) and of the cultural divisions that still divide this society. Before long, we’re in Jaffna and the Vanni, crucibles of the recent conflict. These areas—the hottest, driest, and least hospitable—have been utterly devastated by war and are only now struggling to their feet. But this is also a story of friendship and remarkable encounters. In the course of his journey, Gimlette meets farmers, war heroes, ancient tribesmen, world-class cricketers, terrorists, a former president, old planters, survivors of great massacres—and perhaps some of their perpetrators. That’s to say nothing of the island’s beguiling fauna: elephants, crocodiles, snakes, storks, and the greatest concentration of leopards on Earth. Here is a land of extravagant beauty and profound devastation, of ingenuity and catastrophe, possessed of both a volatile past and an uncertain future—a place capable of being at once heavenly and hellish—all brought to vibrant, fascinating life here on the page. From the Hardcover edition.

The Stone Elephant

The Stone Elephant

  • Author: Buck Rish
  • Publisher: Buck Rish
  • ISBN: 9780595145096
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 248
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The author's naval career included staff assignments at four major hospitals; a hospital ship, the USS Repose off VietNam '68-'69; and the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. He then returned to Norfolk, Virginia and continued his neurosurgical career in private practice and as Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. From his challenging and extensive experience he transcends the too often impersonal world of medicine with honed skill, mixing poignancy and humor, to tell the story of a marine intelligence officer surviving a serious head injury, entering the political arena, and progressing to the White House. The author concludes the story by addressing America's healthcare problem in his graphic and verisimilar style.

Elephant Sense and Sensibility

Elephant Sense and Sensibility

  • Author: Michael Garstang
  • Publisher: Academic Press
  • ISBN: 0128024879
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 152
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Elephant Sense and Sensibility is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of elephant behavior. Beginning with chapters on evolution and the elephant’s brain, this book is an integrated presentation of the elephant’s capacity for memory, morality, emotion, empathy, altruism, language, intelligence, learning and teaching. Grounded primarily in scientific research, the book also draws upon anecdotal and visual evidence showing elephants thinking, acting, feeling and behaving in ways that we, as humans, recognize. This complete treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, along with anecdotal and photographic material, provides an overview not available in any other text. Covers a variety of aspects that relate to behavior, ranging from brain function and sensory input to communication, learning, and intelligence Features a comprehensive treatment of elephant behavior supported by the extensive literature, anecdotal information, and striking photographic material, providing an overview not available in any other text Features an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, with vital information included and integrated from several key disciplines

Leadership in Chaordic Organizations

Leadership in Chaordic Organizations

  • Author: Beverly G. McCarter,Brian E. White
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1466581255
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 311
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Supplying a clear vision of how to build high-performance teams, Leadership in Chaordic Organizations presents methods for improving operations through the application of complex systems engineering principles and psychological counseling techniques. Ideal for systems engineers, organizational managers, coaches, and psychologists, it addresses the

The Moral Arc

The Moral Arc

How Science Makes Us Better People

  • Author: Michael Shermer
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 0805096930
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 560
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Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Review of Options for Managing the Impacts of Locally Overabundant African Elephants

Review of Options for Managing the Impacts of Locally Overabundant African Elephants

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: IUCN
  • ISBN: 283171026X
  • Category: African elephant
  • Page: 80
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Neruda

Neruda

An Intimate Biography

  • Author: Volodia Teitelboim
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 029275650X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 522
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A biography of the noted Chilean poet.

Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants

Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants

  • Author: Murray Fowler,Susan K. Mikota
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470344113
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 565
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Elephants are possibly the most well-known members of the animal kingdom. The enormous size, unusual anatomy, and longevity of elephants have fascinated humans for millenia. Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants serves as a comprehensive text on elephant medicine and surgery. Based on the expertise of 36 scientists and clinical veterinarians, this volume covers biology, husbandry, veterinary medicine and surgery of the elephant as known today. Written by the foremost experts in the field Comprehensively covers both Asian and African elephants Complete with taxonomy, behavioral, geographical and systemic information Well-illustrated and organized for easy reference

African Elephant Status Report 2007

African Elephant Status Report 2007

An Update from the African Elephant Database

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: IUCN
  • ISBN: 2831709709
  • Category: African elephant
  • Page: 275
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The Living Elephants

The Living Elephants

Evolutionary Ecology, Behaviour, and Conservation

  • Author: R. Sukumar
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780195107784
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 478
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From the ancient origins of the proboscideans to the crisis of the living elephants, this book synthesizes the behavior, ecology and conservation of elephants, while covering also the history of human interactions with elephants. It is useful for biologists, field ecologists, wildlife administrators, historians, and conservationists.