Japanese has a term that covers both green and blue. Russian has separate terms for dark and light blue. Does this mean that Russians perceive these colors differently from Japanese people? Does language control and limit the way we think? This short, opinionated audiobook addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world. Linguist John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around. The fact that a language has only one word for eat, drink, and smoke doesn't mean its speakers don't process the difference between food and beverage, and those who use the same word for blue and green perceive those two colors just as vividly as others do. McWhorter shows not only how the idea of language as a lens fails but also why we want so badly to believe it: We're eager to celebrate diversity by acknowledging the intelligence of peoples who may not think like we do. Though well intentioned, our belief in this idea poses an obstacle to a better understanding of human nature and even trivializes the people we seek to celebrate. The reality--that all humans think alike--provides another, better way for us to acknowledge the intelligence of all peoples. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McWhorter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019810/bk_adbl_019810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kearny and Donny MacGregor are famous hoaxers whose lineage can be traced to a long line of conmen and tricksters. Hours before the brothers perform a successful crop circle hoax, they are approached about creating an Earth light hoax for the mayor of Stony Creek, the Bigfoot capital of northern California. Earth light is a general term used to describe unknown lights in the sky, and the mayor of Stony Creek believes that this second "phenomenon" will help pull the town from its revenue slump. After several successful Earth light hoaxes, a loose group of truth seekers forms, lead by Sheriff Nicki Stanford and local Bigfoot debunker Possum, and the chase is on. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack de Golia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020700/bk_acx0_020700_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The hoax proposed to John Baird by a two-bit con man in a seedy Key West bar was shady but potentially profitable. With little left to lose, the struggling, middle-aged Hemingway scholar agreed to forge a manuscript and pass it off as Papa's lost masterpiece. But Baird never realized his actions would shatter the history of his own Earth - and others. And now the unsuspecting academic is trapped out of time - propelled through a series of grim parallel worlds and pursued by an interdimensional hitman with a literary license to kill.BONUS AUDIO: Author Joe Haldeman explains how, fittingly, the idea for The Hemingway Hoax wasn't entirely his. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000115/bk_adbl_000115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Balloon Hoax was first published in The Sun newspaper in New York in 1844. Originally presented as a true story, it detailed European Monck Mason's trip across the Atlantic Ocean in only three days in a hot air balloon. The story turned out to be a hoax and the paper published a retraction two days later (rumoured to also have been written by Poe himself) admitting the deception.The story ignited a fever of excitement in New York: Poe himself claimed that the Sun building was "besieged" by people wanting copies of the newspaper. "I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper," he wrote. The furore around the story is a testimony to Poe's ability to build up a narrative with such plausible details, that it appears almost inconceivable that it should not be the truth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cathy Dobson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redd/000155/bk_redd_000155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Sun and the Moon tells the delightful and surprisingly true story of how a series of articles in the Sun newspaper in 1835 convinced the citizens of New York that the moon was inhabited. Purporting to reveal discoveries of a famous British astronomer, the series described such moon life as unicorns, beavers that walked upright, and four-foot-tall flying man-bats. It quickly became the most widely circulated newspaper story of the era.Told in richly novelistic detail, The Sun and the Moon brings the raucous world of 1830s New York City vividly to life, including such larger-than-life personages as Richard Adams Locke, who authored the moon series but who never intended it to be a hoax; fledgling showman P. T. Barnum, who had just brought his own hoax to town; and a young Edgar Allan Poe, convinced that the series was a plagiarism of his own work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002906/bk_blak_002906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The incredible story made front-page headlines on newspapers and television stations across the nation. Affluent Chuck Stuart and his wife were attacked in their car, Mrs. Stuart killed and Stuart wounded. Then, the case exploded anew when Stuart's hoax was exposed and he committed suicide! 1. Language: English. Narrator: P. J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021537/bk_adbl_021537_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This was recorded in Rhodesia - yes you heard me, Rhodesia! Remember the Iraq War? Remember the Oswald-Killed-Kennedy presumption? Remember the Anti-Smoking Hoax? Oh well, you will.... All were (are!) convincing in their time. An audio-dramatisation with full cast, sound effects, and 'audio-ambience' created for you by AudioscapePlayers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Audioscape Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000732/bk_bigh_000732_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An award-winning visionary and true master of worlds and wonders, the man whom author David Brin calls "one of the best prophetic writers of our times", once again demonstrates the breathtaking scope and startling power of his imagination, transporting listeners across space and time, into the heart of darkness and the soul of madness. From the spine-tingling account of an intergalactic poacher’s rite of passage to an erotic and ultimately uplifting modern fable of inner scars and otherworldly transformation, here are 15 remarkable tales, including the classic novella The Hemingway Hoax. These are stories that sing with a unique and haunting voice—stories of war's monsters, of brutal art and lost stars, and a brief, miraculous moment called childhood, when a young girl can actually fly. Joe Haldeman’s work includes the acclaimed Worlds trilogy and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels The Forever War, The Hemingway Hoax, and Forever Peace. He has won five Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards each. A Vietnam veteran who was wounded, Haldeman teaches writing at MIT and lives part-time in Florida with his wife, Gay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005129/bk_blak_005129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book includes: Encounter above the Atlantic The Killian case Round one The hoax The Captain Ruppelt record The inquiry begins Frame-up November crisis Checkmate: From a nearby world The Armstrong Theater battle The airliner chase Abandon that course! The new search Signals from space The lost civilization Riddle at Lackland field The warnings Tug-of-war The hidden reports The key Epilogue 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Boozer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123312/bk_acx0_123312_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.