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Librivox: Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, A, Part 1 by Berkeley, George show

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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Commonly called "Treatise" when referring to Berkeley's works) is a 1710 work by the Irish Empiricist philosopher George Berkeley. This book largely seeks to refute the claims made by his contemporary John Locke about the nature of human perception. Whilst, like all the Empiricist philosophers, both Locke and Berkeley agreed that there was an outside world, and it was this world which caused the ideas one has within one's mind, Berkeley sought to prove that the outside world was also composed solely of ideas. Berkeley did this by suggesting that "Ideas can only resemble Ideas" - the mental ideas that we possessed could only resemble other ideas (not physical objects) and thus the external world consisted not of physical form, but rather of ideas. This world was given logic and regularity by some other force, which Berkeley concluded was God.

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Librivox: Story of My Boyhood and Youth, The by Muir, John show

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"The only fire for the whole house was the kitchen stove, with a fire box about eighteen inches long and eight inches wide and deep,- scant space for three or four small sticks, around which in hard zero weather all the family of ten shivered, and beneath which in the morning we found our socks and coarse, soggy boots frozen solid." Thus, with perceptive eye for detail, the American naturalist, John Muir, describes life on a pioneer Wisconsin farm in the 1850's. Muir was only eleven years old when his father uprooted the family from a relatively comfortable life in Dunbar, Scotland, to settle in the backwoods of North America. The elder Muir was a religious fundamentalist. What his father taught, John Muir writes, was "grim self denial, in season and out of season, to mortify the flesh, keep our bodies in subjection to Bible laws, and mercilessly punish ourselves for every fault, imagined or committed." Muir's father believed that the Bible was "the only book human beings could possibly require," while John secretly read every volume of poetry and literature he could get his hands on. With no formal schooling after leaving Scotland, John also learned from nature--keenly observing details of the seasons, the life of the farm oxen, and wild animals and birds. John also became an amateur inventor, eking out time from farm chores by getting up at 1 a.m. to whittle intricate wooden clocks by candlelight in the unheated farm house basement. Muir finally made a break for freedom--his decision was to go to Madison, Wisconsin, and enter his clocks in the State Fair, with the hope that somebody might see them and offer him a job in a machine shop! All the baggage he carried the day he left home was a package made up of "two clocks and a small thermometer made of a piece of old washboard, all three tied together with no covering or case of any sort, the whole looking like one very complicated machine." His father's goodbye was to admonish John about the "wicked world" and to warn him sternly that if he should find himself in need of money, none would be forthcoming. John would have to depend on himself. How John Muir made his way from that Wisconsin farm to become the great American naturalist, spokesman for Yosemite and the California redwoods, is the stuff of legend: which makes Muir's autobiographical account of his early boyhood a fascinating read. (Summary by Sue Anderson)

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Librivox: Moon, The by Lowell, James Russell show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Moon by James Russell Lowell. This was the weekly poetry project for May 3rd, 2009.

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Librivox: Short Poetry Collection 078 by Various show

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This is a collection of poems read by Librivox volunteers during the month of April 2009.

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Librivox: Aesops Fables in Russian by Aesop show

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A collection of the most famous from Aesop's fables in Russian language. Translated by Tolstoj L.N. and Alekseev V.A.

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Librivox: Meister Zacharius by Verne, Jules show

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Meister Zacharius ist ein Uhrmacher in Genf und berühmt für die Genauigkeit seiner Uhren. Eines Tages beginnen seine Uhren falsch zu gehen und mehr und mehr von ihnen bleiben ganz stehen. Trotz aller Mühe gelingt es ihm nicht, die Uhren wieder in Gang zu setzen oder die Ursache des Defekts zu finden. Gleichzeitig wird er ernsthaft krank und sein Verstand und seine Seele geraten aus dem Gleichgewicht. Es scheint ein Zusammenhang zwischen den stehengebliebenen Uhren und seiner Lebenszeit zu bestehen. (Summary by Hokuspokus)

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Librivox: Missing: Page Thirteen by Green, Anna Katharine show

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Violet Strange, a clever petite detective, is called upon to solve the mystery of a page gone missing from an important document. The futures of several people, including an eccentric misanthrope, a chemical scientist, a bride and groom, depend on the quick resolution of this problem. In solving one mystery, she uncovers another which dates back many years. (Summary by Bev J. Stevens)

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Librivox: Novelle by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von show

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Die Fürstin ist auf einem Spazierritt, als auf einem Jahrmarkt, auf dem auch wilde Tiere ausgestellt sind, ein Feuer ausbricht. Ein entkommener Tiger nähert sich dem Pferd der Fürstin... (Zusammenfassung von Gesine)

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Librivox: Pole Poppenspäler by Storm, Theodor show

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"Pole Poppenspäler" erzählt die Geschichte der Kinderfreundschaft und späteren Liebe zwischen Paul Paulsen, dem Sohn eines angesehenen Bürgers einer norddeutschen Kleinstadt, und Lisei, der Tochter des fahrenden Puppenspielers Joseph Tendler. Die Städter lachen über Tendlers Spiel, ihn selbst und seine Familie jedoch verachten sie wegen ihres "Vagabundenlebens". Immer wieder müssen sich Pauls und Liseis Gefühle gegen die harten Vorurteile der Gesellschaft bewähren.(Summary by Al-Kadi)

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Librivox: Rebels of the Red Planet by Fontenay, Charles L. show

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Dark Kensington had been dead for twenty-five years. It was a fact; everyone knew it. Then suddenly he reappeared, youthful, brilliant, ready to take over the Phoenix, the rebel group that worked to overthrow the tyranny that gripped the settlers on Mars. The Phoenix had been destroyed not once, not twice, but three times! But this time the resurrected Dark had new plans, plans which involved dangerous experiments in mutation and psionics. And now the rebels realized they were in double jeopardy. Not only from the government's desperate hatred of their movement, but also from the growing possibility that the new breed of mutated monsters would get out of hand and bring terrors never before known to man. (Summary from Project Gutenberg text)

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