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Performances (96 Edition)by Greg Dening
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With elegance and candor, Greg Dening offers a panoramic collection of rich and densely textured essays that demonstrate how we can only understand our present through our consciousness of the past and how in thinking about the past we mirror the time and place of our own living.
For Dening, history saturates every moment of our cultural and personal existence. Yet he is keenly aware that the actual past remains fundamentally irreplicable. All histories are culturally crafted artifacts, commensurate with folk tales, stage plays, or films. Whether derived from logbooks and letters, or displayed on music hall stages and Hollywood back lots, history is in essence our making sense of what has and continues to happen, creating for us a sense of our cultural and individual selves.
Through juxtapositions of actual events and creative reenactments of themand#8212;such as the mutiny on the Bounty in 1787 and the various Hollywood films that depict that eventand#8212;Dening calls attention to the provocative moment of theatricality in history making where histories, cultures, and selves converge. Moving adeptly across varied terrains, from the frontiers of North America to the islands of the South Pacific, Dening marshals a striking array of diverse, often recalcitrant, sources to examine the tangled histories of cross-cultural clash and engagement. Refusing to portray conquest, colonization, and hegemony simply as abstract processes, Dening, in his own culturally reflexive performance, painstakingly evokes the flesh and form of past actors, both celebrated and unsung, whose foregone lives have become our history.
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A handbook to the study of artificial intelligence (AI) and building computers that can be programmed to do what the mind does naturally. The 11 discussions written by cognitive and computer scientists detail how computational ideas are relevant to psychology, presenting major theoretical approaches to planning and problem solving, knowledge representation, machine learning, connectionism and neural networks, expert systems, vision, language processing, human and computer interactions, and artificial life.
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History saturates every moment of our cultural and personal existence. Yet Dening is keenly aware that the actual past remains fundamentally irreplicable. All histories are culturally crafted artifacts, commensurate with folk tales, stage plays, or films. Whether derived from logbooks and letters, or displayed on music hall stages and Hollywood back lots, history is in essence our making sense of what has and continues to happen, creating for us a sense of our cultural and individual selves.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-284) and index.
Table of Contents
Notes to the Reader
Prelude: Ethnograpy on My Mind
Making a Present out of the Past: History's Anthropology
A Poetric for Histories
Sharks that Walk on the Land
The Face of Battle: Valparaiso, 1814
Presenting the Past: History's Theatre
The Theatricality of History Making and the Paradoxes of Acting
Hollywood Makes History
Returning to the Past Its Own Present: History's Empowering Force
Songlines and Seaways
School at War
Postlude: Soliloquy in San Giacomo
What Our Readers Are Saying
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