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The Farther Shore: A Natural History of Perception, 1798-1984 1st Vintage Books ed Edition

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ISBN-10: 0679733329
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Gifford touches on subjects including advertising, photography, electronic eavesdropping and Thoreau as he examines hisor 'the'? aa.his is correct/pk thesis that our five senses act as a creative filter to external reality, allowing us to selectively shape our worlds. "Humane and highly perceptive, this delightful essay redefines the way we look at the world," PW said.
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Gifford, best known as editor of the excellent 1966 classic Literature of Architecture , is intriguing, refreshing, and thought-provoking here. By "perception," he means the effects of technology, urbanization, population growth, and social and cultural expansion on our perceptions--how planes, trains, and automobiles have changed our perception of time and distance; how electronic media have affected our perception of "news" and "celebrities"; and how "big numbers" have changed our perception of size and distance. His main points of reference are the journals and letters of the naturalist Gilbert White, but the book brims with examples from Thoreau, Wordsworth, and Joyce, among others, in clever counterpoint to present-day examples from Reagan to People magazine. This is a thinking person's alternative to the rash of futurist and pseudosociological tracts that infest the publishing world.
- Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (April 16, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679733329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679733324
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,702,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert J. Seidman on February 5, 2013
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A brilliant survey of time, thought, technology. Set in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Gifford transports us into different eras from his study in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It's time travel of the most unusual and compelling kind. Read it.
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