(FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan


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  • Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters
  • Matt Kaplan
  • English
  • 01 October 2019
  • 9781451667998

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Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters Free download À 100 Skeletons that had sharp teeth and talon like claws These fossils were real and some were frighteningly large Those who looked at them could only guess at how dangerous the animals that they belonged to must have been From such interactions dragons were born Yet in spite of ample physical evidence that dragons existed none were ever seen in the flesh Dragon bones were ultimately proven to be the bones of huge predatory dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex but before the mystery was solved they were. Matt Kaplan does a really nice job balancing the scientific fact and evidence he presents with a sociological and psychological view of how these monsters have been depicted in art film and literaturefiction He gives a broad overview which helps the reader make connections between seemingly different monsters although I do wish there was detail for each section I could have kept on reading his clean prose fascinating research and humorous footnotes

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Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters Free download À 100 The makings of frightening beasts that managed to evade human sight by lurking deep within the shadows of the wild The Science of Monsters will explore monsters that have haunted humanity throughout the ages from Medusa to sea serpents giants and vampires In each chapter Kaplan uses scientific principles current research and his thorough knowledge of the natural world to explain why specific monsters came to be and what it was about them that was so terrifying to the people who brought them to li. Some of the themes and characters in world mythology are near immortal They take a life on their own and evolve into myriad shapes and forms over the centuries A monster is one such character which has grown and metamorphosed across varied civilizations At a time when the earliest of humans regaled each other at their communal get togethers with tall tales the monsters took the forms of hideous frightening and incredibly dangerous entities and the dread they unleashed was only as limited as the imagination of the person telling the stories Generations were terrified and thrilled by them and myths were modelled around them Also as humanity evolved so did their heroes who could vanuish these deadly creatures The ability to defeat a monster gave the hero a certain aura of invincibility that after a while heroes came to life with the sole purpose of being a monster hunter Imagine where would Heracles have been if he hadn t defeated the Nemean Lion Would Beowulf have attained the same popularity if there was no Grendel What of Harry Potter and Voldemort Would the boy wizard still have been as powerful without his nemesis Civilizations rose and fell and with them the forms of the monsters that they dreaded also evolved Matt Kaplan s book is an examination of various monsters across civilizations the social scenarios in which they found their footing and what might have contributed to their wide spread acceptance in society then The short essays in the book are a mix of science assumption and many a times relies on pure guess work Some of the points that Kaplan makes are rather interesting like Earthuakes and volcanic activity might have led to the Minotaur legends The advanced stages of rabies might have given rise to the Werewolf myths How a corpse with a belly full of gas and post mortem bleeding might have given rise to the Vampire myths How the myth of a dragon might have arisen out of dinosaur fossils etc On the flip side there was way too much of guess work and assumption that Kaplan resorts to in these articles There is a lot of could have been might have been and assume that after a while I selectively tuned out a lot of information While the author relies much on science to make his point the analysis he offers isn t very scientific in nature From a learning standpoint it helped me to understand about a few monsters that I had no clue about earlier But on me a full rounded overview of the psychological or scientific effects of monsters on human beings this did not strike the mark

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Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters Free download À 100 Modern audiences do not find dragons frightening Fascinating as mythical creatures yes but terrifying no Yet present them with a story about a virus that can kill a healthy adult in hours and they will have nightmares for weeks The difference between the two is believability Monsters are at their most frightening when they carry characteristics that tie them to the real world in some way Preposterous as they might seem today dragons were no different in ancient times Humans long ago stumbled upon. Part of the entertainment factor of this book is the fact that it takes its theories too far After explaining Chimaera legends as the result of animals wandering into a tar pit and becoming fossilised in a weird tangle the author goes onAnd Chimera was hardly alone If a horse went down to a tar pit for a bit of water got stuck died and was subseuently fed upon by a vulture that also got stuck in the tar that would provide an explanation for the legendary Pegasus Some art even shows Chimera battling with Pegasus Was this linked to a find of fossils that people could barely make sense ofHe then goes on to use tar pits to explain sphinxes and Scylla Indeed if there is a monster that stands as evidence that the ancients were looking at fossils of multiple animal skeletons jumbled together it is ScyllaHe does nobly admit right after that that this reuires tar pits and Greece and the rest of Europe doesn t have any Yes that would be a bit of a problem for this theory but it s okay he then posits trade routes as bringing the stories to GreeceThe problem with this book is that there is a lot of truth in it it discusses gigantism in humans as arising due to tumours in the pituitary gland and suggests that could be the source of some monstrous legends it points to fossils and tar pits as origins of various monstrous legends and ideas it points out that giant predators were around in the past However it leans on these ifs and maybes and on a good deal of special pleading and takes it way too far Maybe we imagined Cerberus because a giant slavering dog with three heads just seemed scary you know No need for three wolves to be swept off to sea together and fossilised as a jumble of bones with three headsIn the end I got tired of the exercise for my rolling eyes and put this down relieved that I never paid for it and instead borrowed it Whew If you re interested in some of the potential scientific seeds of monster stories there are definitely nuggets of truth here I learnt that the pituitary tumour thing actually ran in families due to a genetic disposition producing families of giants I learnt about some monsters I didn t know that well But I have serious uestions about the author s seriousness here his Chimera and Pegasus idea really begs for us to ask whether he thinks the fights between King Kong fighting Godzilla were inspired by film makers finding an enormous ape fighting an enormous reptile in a tar pit Or does he recognise that while the monstrous can probably always does grow from seeds of reality probably a lot of ancient story tellers were just thinking up ways to scare the shit out of each other create amazing spectacles for artwork or just tell a good story


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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan I really wanted to like this book I was psyched to hear Matt Kaplan on NPR and put my name in at the library so I was the first person to get itI should have uit early on It got incredibly repetitive had such snark

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    Read & Download Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan Matt Kaplan ↠ 0 Read & Download Monsters it turns out evolve over time Vampires didn’t always sparkle zombies didn’t always crave the taste of human brains and until very recently dementors didn’t even exist Why is it that the monsters that left people shivering in terror during the bronze age are so different than the monsters of the industrial revolution which in turn are so different from the monsters today? As society changes the things that people fear change

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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan Matt Kaplan ↠ 0 Read & Download Summary µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Matt Kaplan Part of the entertainment factor of this book is the fact that it takes its theories too far After explaining Chimaera legends as the result of animals wandering into a tar pit and becoming fossilised in a weird tangle the author goes onAnd Chimera was hardly alone If a horse went down to a tar pit for a bit of water got stuck died and was subseuently fed upon by a vulture that also got stuck in the tar that would provi

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    Matt Kaplan ↠ 0 Read & Download Summary µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Matt Kaplan Read & Download Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters In this entertaining look at beliefs in monsters of various sorts as with his recent book on magical powers Science of the Magical From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers Matt Kaplan explores the ways in which science and culture cre

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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan Matt Kaplan does a really nice job balancing the scientific fact and evidence he presents with a sociological and psychological view of how t

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    Read & Download Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan This book is amazing The author presents plausible scientific information explaining why ancient civilizations believed in different monsters as well as why the same monsters lost their ability to scare over time His wittiness breaks up the sometimes dry period of scientific data and several times throughout the nook made me laugh o

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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan Matt Kaplan ↠ 0 Read & Download Read & Download Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters Some of the themes and characters in world mythology are near immortal They take a life on their own and evolve into myriad shapes and forms

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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan An entertaining accessible informative read that attempts to explain the scientific and psychological foundations of our most enduring monsters I enjoyed its light tone and uick pace found some of the history and science to be uite fascinating and loved all of the pop culture references and snarky asides Kaplan is certainly an entertaining author Not the heaviest or most impressive of texts but a diverting read

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    (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan Teratology is an area of interest to me but this fell into the trap of so much non fiction in that it remained largely a litany of speculation I just prefer a little of an academic tone but maybe I'm not the target demographic It is

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    Matt Kaplan ↠ 0 Read & Download Summary µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Matt Kaplan (FREE) [Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters] BY Matt Kaplan 35 stars The first half of this book was a bit boring but the second half was really interesting perhaps because the monsters in the second half were relevant to today I found the footnotes obnoxious but the writi

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