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  1. Signs_of_the_Inka_Khipu:_Binary_Coding_in_the_Andean_Knotted-String_Records_-_Gary_Urton

    Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records - Gary Urton

    "Urton's work is scholarly and painstakingly thorough and is a valuable contribution to our understanding of Inca inscription that makes good use of ethnographic and ethnohistorical work on the Andean region." -- The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute "This is by far the most important monograph on Andean systems of information registry since the Ashers' volumes in the late 1970s. Urton provides a platform for a whole new generation of studies." -- Frank Salomon, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    In an age when computers process immense amounts of information by the manipulation of sequences of 1s and 0s, it remains a frustrating mystery how prehistoric Inka recordkeepers encoded a tremendous variety and quantity of data using only knotted and dyed strings. Yet the comparison between computers and khipu may hold an important clue to deciphering the Inka records. In this book, Gary Urton sets forth a pathbreaking theory that the manipulation of fibers in the construction of khipu created physical features that constitute binary-coded sequences which store units of information in a system of binary recordkeeping that was used throughout the Inka empire.

    Urton begins his theory with the making of khipu, showing how at each step of the process binary, either/or choices were made. He then investigates the symbolic components of the binary coding system, the amount of information that could have been encoded, procedures that may have been used for reading the khipu, the nature of the khipu signs, and, finally, the nature of the khipu recording system itself-- emphasizing relations of markedness and semantic coupling. This researchconstitutes a major step forward in building a unified theory of the khipu system of information storage and communication based on the sum total of construction features making up these extraordinary objects.

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  2. Spirit_of_the_Pacific_by_Walter_L._Williams

    Spirit of the Pacific by Walter L. Williams

    Whaling ships in the Aleutian Islands, Confederate raiders and Union naval vessels in Maui, sloops and skiffs in the Hawaiian Islands--ships sail into the unknown and change lives.

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    $18.00

  3. Surviving_Chaos:_Healing_by_Robert_G_Fritchie

    Surviving Chaos: Healing by Robert G Fritchie

    Shortages of water, food and lifesaving medicines abound. Destabilization of lives has led to an increase in violent behavior.

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    $14.75

  4. The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

    The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

    The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History

    Cited by the L.A. Weekly as "the culture's foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience," Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant raconteur, adventurer, and expert on the experiential use of mind-altering plants.

    In these essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture, giving us startling visions of the past and future.

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    $17.95

  5. The_Book_of_Stones:_Who_They_Are_&_What_They_Teach_-_Robert_Simmons

    The Book of Stones: Who They Are & What They Teach - Robert Simmons

    The Book of Stones is a new edition of the best-selling guide to some of Earth?s most beautiful natural objects. Two introductory chapters detail the authors? theories about how to work with crystals and stones?including the concept of crystal resonance and the scientific observation that living organisms (such as ourselves) are liquid crystalline structures. An illuminating alphabetical journey through the mineral kingdom, stone by stone, follows. Learn More
    $29.95

  6. The_Complete_Book_of_Incense,_Oils_&_Brews

    The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews

    Cunningham, Scott Learn More
    $16.95

  7. The_Crystal_Bible:_A_Definitive_Guide_to_Crystals_-_Judy_Hall

    The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals - Judy Hall

    Beautifully illustrated, The Crystal Bible offers a comprehensive guide to crystals, their shapes, colors and applications. With informative descriptions and an easy-to-use format, it is an indispensable practical handbook for crystal lovers and users everywhere - both beginner and expert alike.

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    $19.99

  8. The_Guru_Question_-_Mariana_Caplan

    The Guru Question - Mariana Caplan

    The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our lives?but does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakening?and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship. Learn More
    $14.41

  9. The Hold Life Has - Catherine J. Allen

    The Hold Life Has - Catherine J. Allen

    This second edition of Catherine J. Allen's distinctive ethnography of the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes brings their story into the present. She has added an extensive afterword based on her visits to Sonqo in 1995 and 2000, and has updated and revised parts of the original text. The book focuses on the very real problem of cultural continuity in a changing world, and Allen finds that the hold life has in 2002 is not the same as it was in 1985. Learn More
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  10. The Intimate Life

    The Intimate Life - Judith Blackstone

    This is a book about making contact with yourself, your partner, and everything around you at the deepest level possible.

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    $14.41

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