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The strange science and true stories of the unseen other

This book follows a psychologist's quest to understand one of the most curious experiences known to humankind: the universal, disturbing feeling that someone or something is there when we are alone. What does this feeling mean and where does it come from? When and why do presences emerge? And how can we begin to understand a phenomenon that can be transformative for those who experience it and yet almost impossible to put into words? The answers to these questions lie in this tour-de-force through contemporary psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and philosophy. Presence follows Ben Alderson-Day's attempts to understand how this experience is possible. The journey takes us to meet explorers, mediums and robots, and step through real, imagined and virtual worlds. Presence is the story of whom we carry with us, at all times, as parts of ourselves.

Open Access (free)
Christine E. Hallett

accustomed to conquering the globe, the war may have presented itself as just another challenge. There had, it seemed, been many wars in the previous five decades: the Zulu War, the Egyptian Crisis, and the Boer Wars, to name a few. Yet, the British project of expanding not only its own empire, 234 Conclusion but also ‘the known world’ itself, had often ended in misery and failure. Ernest Shackleton had been acclaimed a hero following the failed Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–17, when a dramatic escape from the doomed ship Endurance had made his name. Yet Antarctica

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Ben Alderson-Day

is that on the other side of you? In his notes on The Wasteland , Eliot recalled reading about “one of the Antarctic expeditions (I forget which, but I think one of Shackleton’s)” on which “the party of explorers had the constant delusion that there was one more member than could actually be counted.” 1 Eliot was referring to the ill-fated Endurance expedition of 1914, on which Ernest Shackleton and his crew attempted to reach the South Pole from the Weddell Sea. They in

in Presence
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New Zealand claims Antarctica from the ‘heroic era’ to the twenty-first century
Katie Pickles

; America’s Charles Wilkes and Richard Byrd; the United Kingdom’s James Clark Ross, Robert Falcon Scott, and Ernest Shackleton; Norway’s Carstens Borchgrevink and Roald Amundsen; Japan’s Shirase Nobu; Australia’s Douglas Mawson; and New Zealand’s own Edmund Hillary are the best-known examples. For Anne-Marie Brady, these connections have meant that ‘New Zealanders have a stronger

in New Zealand’s empire
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Science and art in Antarctica
Mike Pearson

, including any marine area, may be designated as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area to protect outstanding environmental, scientific, historic, aesthetic or wilderness values, any combination of those values, or ongoing or planned scientific research’. In the Ross Dependency, there are thirty-four historic sites. Chief amongst them are five wooden huts, at four locations accessible by ship: the bases of Carsten Borchgrevink (1898–1900), R.F. Scott (1901–4; 1910–13) and Ernest Shackleton (1907–9), with many of the provisions of their inhabitants still intact. Although

in Extending ecocriticism
Gordon Pirie

custom. It had been only six years since the RGS mouthpiece had carried Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account of his long-distance expedition in a wooden boat. Sykes’s lecture also formed the basis of an article in the professional magazines Modern Transport (the house journal of the Institute of Transport) and Nature . The lecture got wide press coverage, notably across five columns in The Times . 2 Glimpses of a

in Air empire
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A region of beauty and delight?
Robert G. David

Norwegian, Nansen. Later the public’s attention was increasingly redirected to the Antarctic. 21 Franklin lived on only in the rarefied atmosphere of the Royal Geographical Society and even there his days were numbered, as it was the Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who was chosen to represent exploration when his statue was added to the new wing in 1932. 22 What was true of Franklin was also true of

in The Arctic in the British imagination 1818–1914
Martin Ferguson Smith

which she played the violin. From Autumn 1909, when she had moved into the Sixth Form, she was a regular contributor to GSM , writing reviews in French, original poems, and poetic translations. One of her poems was addressed “To Sir Ernest Shackleton and his Brave Companions”. 41 Shackleton, who had nearly reached the South Pole, had given a lecture on his expedition in the County Hall, Salisbury, on 11 October 1910 and the school had heard it. Dorothy sent her poem to Shackleton, and was thrilled to receive a reply

in In and out of Bloomsbury
Sea ice in the Soviet Museum of the Arctic in the 1930s
Julia Lajus
Ruth Maclennan

Pole expedition, as well as Ernest Shackleton's earlier voyages. Scott's failure is attributed to many things – the wrong technologies, bad decisions, and bad luck primarily. Unlike the Chelyuskinite failure, modern technologies (radio, aeroplanes) and heroic pilots did not come to the rescue of Scott's party. However, the scientific discoveries and collections, the photographs, diaries, and other writings made during the expedition, are rescued, along with clothing and other relics, and these are on display in the museum. The UK is not an Arctic or even a near

in Ice humanities
Sarah Lonsdale

anniversary of his death, the last one appearing in 1975, just before her own death. 50 Nora Heald would become editor of The Queen and The Lady magazines, and the two sisters lived together with their mother at Waverley Place in St John’s Wood until 1927, and then near Hyde Park, until they moved to Steyning in Sussex in 1934. 51 It is not clear why Shackleton chose to use her mother’s surname as her professional byline. 52 With its heroic associations with her distant relative, the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, it was certainly more glamorous than Heald. It

in Rebel women between the wars