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Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions of life on earth. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Elizabeth Kolbert combines brilliant field reporting, the history of ideas and the work of geologists, botanists and marine biologists to tell the gripping stories of a dozen species – including the Panamanian golden frog and the Sumatran rhino – some already gone, others at the point of vanishing. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy and Elizabeth Kolbert's book urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

<p>A Manchu-Mongolian-Tibetan-Chinese dictionary. (Michael Walter and Manfred Taube 2006-05-15, revised by Bill McGrath 2008-01-03) A Manchu, Mongolian, Chinese, Tibetan dictionary compiled by order of the Qian Long Emperor (1735-1795) organized topically. The general editor of the Tibetan text was Lcang skya rol p'ai rdo rje (1717-1786). Used by KOWALEWSKI (<em>Dictionnaire mongol-russe-français</em>). (Nathan Hill 2007-12-13, revised by Bill McGrath 2008-02-06)</p>

<p>A Sanskrit-Tibetan dictionary based on a print from ka' thog monastery. (Michael Walter and Manfred Taube 2006-05-15, revised by Bill McGrath 2008-01-03)</p>

<p>An extract of the Chinese-Tibetan part of the Ch'ien-lung Pentaglot: <em>rgyal pos mdzad pa'i skad lnga shan sbyar gyi many+dzu'i skad gsal ba'i me long /</em>. Arranged according to subject. (Michael Walter and Manfred Taube 2006-05-15, revised by Bill McGrath 2008-01-03)</p>

This essay explores two interpretative strategies for understanding the point of Yoga. The first understands its point as a negative freedom from object-laden consciousness. The second understands the individual practices that comprise Yoga as the means by which the practitioner takes pure consciousness as her end. The second strategy allows us to see that prāṇāyāma points the way toward epistemic enhancement, much as Descartes’ cogito does in his Meditations.

The article discusses the history of Lalitpur with special reference to Buddhism. It starts the discussion with three names of Lalitpur which stem from the vihars which exist there. (Rajeev Ranjan Singh 2007-03-01)

Samkhya is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, system of classical Indian philosophy. This book traces its history from the third or fourth century B. C. up through the twentieth century. The Encyclopedia as a whole will present the substance of the various Indian systems of thought to philosophers unable to read the Sanskrit and having difficulty in finding their way about in the translations (where such exist). This volume includes a lengthy introduction by Gerald James Larson, which discusses the history of Samkhya and its philosophical contours overall. The remainder of the book includes summaries in English of all extant Sanskrit texts of the system.

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