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The History of Weed in 101 Objects
The History of Weed in 101 Objects
Paperback      ISBN: 1942556632

The History of Weed in 101 Objects offers an easy-to-read, full-color, fully illustrated history of humankind's long tradition of loving cannabis. And whether you live in a state that has chosen to legalize it or not, weed is rapidly losing its reputation as an illicit substance and becoming more or an accepted part of American culture with each passing election cycle.

This fascinating look at 101 objects chronicles the history of weed, and uniquely shows how America's perceptions of it have changed socially, medically, economically and legally. Each entry has been carefully selected to highlight a facet of weed's history, from 12th century hashish to the Volcano Vaporizer.

Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hubbard Brook
The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300203640
A beautifully illustrated overview and synthesis of how scientists have used a living forest as an experimental laboratory for more than 50 years

For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. This book highlights many of the important ecological findings amassed during the long-term research conducted there, and considers their regional, national, and global implications.

Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens, active members of the research team at Hubbard Brook since its beginnings, explain the scientific processes employed in the forest-turned-laboratory. They describe such important findings as the discovery of acid rain, ecological effects of forest management practices, and the causes of population change in forest birds, as well as how disturbance events, pests and pathogens, and a changing climate affect forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The authors show how such long-term, place-based ecological studies are relevant for informing many national, regional, and local environmental issues, such as air pollution, water quality, ecosystem management, and conservation.
The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
The Secret Teachings of Plants
The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 1591430356

Reveals the use of direct perception in understanding Nature, medicinal plants, and the healing of human disease

- Explores the techniques used by indigenous and Western peoples to learn directly from the plants themselves, including those of Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, and Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution

- Contains leading-edge information on the heart as an organ of perception

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings--the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart's ability as an organ of perception is developed.
Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.