INDEX OF BOOKS
Charles Darwin and Jim Corbett: Parallel Biografies.
Choral Singing in Human Culture and Evolution.
Behind the Jim Corbett’s Stories. Vol 1. Analytical Journey Through’ Corbett’s places’ and Unanswered Questions.
Behind the Jim Corbett’s Stories. Vol 2.
Why Do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution.
Origins and Development of Georgian Drone Polyphony.
The Human Story Behind Scientific Discovery.
A New Model of Human Evolution: How Predators Shaped Human Morphology and Behaviour.
Tigers, Lions and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love.
Who Asked the First Question? Origins of Human Choral Singing, Intelligence, Language and Speech.
Georgian Traditional Polyphony in an International Context of Polyphonic Culture.
Charles Darwin and Jim Corbett: Parallel Biografies
Came out in Program LOGOS in 2023, edited by Preetum Gheerawo.
Isn’t it amazing how little we change from our childhood? During all my life, from my teenage years, I had two great role models, indicated in the title of this book, and that has not changed! But frankly, one thing has changed – I never thought I would ever be writing their biographies. Although I have written a few books, I was always sure that I was not the kind of person who would write someone’s biography. To be a biographer is a totally different style of activity. So, I am starting this book a little bit unaware of where it takes me.
To avoid any misunderstanding, let me reveal from the very beginning that this book is not written as a ‘classic biography’. There are already a number of biographies about both Charles Darwin and Jim Corbett. This book is more of an attempt to display the psychological profiles of Darwin and Corbett, both seen from the very personal point of view of their lifelong admirer. A bit like their enhanced and colorised photos on the book cover (coloured photography was not available during their lifetimes), this book is the result of my deeply personal view on these two remarkable humans and self-taught naturalists. Therefore, the text that follows this introduction will concentrate on their private lives and various major or minor circumstances (sometimes completely neglected in their more academically written biographies) that shaped them into the kindest and humblest human beings, great naturalists, and intensely adventurous and creatively thinking scholars.
Choral Singing in Human Culture and Evolution
came out in Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany, in 2015. This is the second revised edition of the 2006 book. You can read it here.
" I totally agree with the main idea of Joseph Jordania about the ancient origins of choral singing and its gradual disappearance. To my opinion also,there is no "evolution" from monophonic to polyphonic singing, and I was glad to see that the argumentation of this idea is so strong and logic" . Simha Arom, CNRS, France
"Joseph Jordania's book is a masterpiece of comparative musicology by a person with an amazing knowledge base. As a co-editor of the book "The Origins of Music"(2000), I am thrilled to finally see a true work of comparative musicology appear after many decades of neglect. This is the kind of material that people, from psychology to evolutionary biology, need to ponder as to incorporate music into the emerging picture of human evolution". Steven Brown, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
P. Gadhvi, P. Gheerawo, M. Waltl, A. Akhtar, J. Jordania, F. Quevedo de Oliveira
The authors of this volume, all members of the Jim Corbett International Research Group, continued their fieldworks in Kumaon, where they diligently followed the footsteps of Jim Corbett, meeting the people directly affected by Jim Corbett’s life and work - people who still live in picturesque villages in close proximity to tigers and leopards. The authors have also searched through and dissected archived material, unearthing new facts to share with the many Corbett fans all around the world.
Behind the Jim Corbett’s Stories.
Analytical Journey Through’ Corbett’s places’ and Unanswered Questions.
Came out in 2016 (Logos). Here is the link to the book.
Why Do People Sing? Music in Human Evolution:
was written after a publisher from ERC (Tokyo) commissioned me to write a shorter version of my 2006 book for a more popular reader. This book includes many new ideas not present in my 2006 book. The book came out in English in 2011 (Logos), and was later also translated into Chinese (2014), Japanese (2016), and Georgian (2016). Here is the English version.
Origins and Development of Georgian Drone Polyphony:
my first book, written in Georgian in 1984, was never published, although for some time it was on the plan of state publishing house Khelovneba.
The Human Story Behind Scientific Discovery
How is the existing system of education shaping future scholars? How do the politics of grants and funding science affect scholarly development? Why were some of the brightest figures of scientific progress not academically educated? How do universities influence scientific progress? How does the peer-review process advance or depress scientific discovery? Jordania tackles the thorny issues of scholarly integrity, reputation, and corruption. These topics fundamentally affect the everyday lives of thousands of scholars, both professional and non-professional, and have a profound influence on the advancement of science.
“The Human Story Behind Scientific Discovery will be seen as one of the most important books of our time. It’s far-reaching, fascinating, and flawlessly truthful, with a message so unexpected that most readers will experience a tsunami of realization mixed with shock. It will change some of us and redirect others, and once you’ve read it, it will stay with you for life. Its truths cannot be ignored and are impossible to forget.”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author, The Hidden Life of Dogs and The Hidden Life of Life.
“When was the last time you read a book that has a fresh idea or insight on almost every page? Joseph Jordania’s questioning and creative mind is well suited to describing the contributions made by passionate developers of new knowledge who in their time were considered outsiders, or mavericks, if they were considered at all. Jordania’s own unorthodox observations will move the reader to think ‹Hmm, That makes sense!›”
Ellen Dissanayake, Author, What Is Art For? and Homo Aestheticus
“A dazzling, inspirational tour de force. Joseph Jordania exceeds his goal of presenting the human dynamics of scientific discovery sketched by Popper, Kuhn, and Feyerabend. Not content to identify the malignant, pervasive barriers to the advancement of science, he provides an insightful, comprehensive guide to overcoming institutionalized resistance that will put heart into aspiring scholars, scientists, and seekers and challenge the gatekeepers and systems that hold back innovation.”
Jenny Wade, author, Changes of Mind: A Holonomic Theory of the Evolution of Consciousness and Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil
A New Model of Human Evolution: How Predators Shaped Human Morphology and Behaviour.
The central theme of this book is the new model of human evolution, based on long and dynamic evolutionary interaction between human ancestors and the ancestors of the big cats, April 2017. Here is the link to the book.
“The most revolutionary evolutionary theory in decades!”.
Wladimir J. Alonso (Brazil), Evolutionary biologist.
“Truly original work! A reader will be surprised by many of his findings, all of which make perfect sense, and one will wonder why they weren’t mentioned before. The reason certainly seems to be that Jordania saw them first”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (USA), author of the "The Tribe of Tiger and The Hidden Life of Dogs".
Tigers, Lions and Humans: History of Rivalry, Conflict, Reverence and Love:
came out in 2014 (Logos). Here is the link to the text of the book
Who Asked the First Question? Origins of Human Choral Singing, Intelligence, Language and Speech:
Was written already in Australia in 2006. In 2009 the book received Fumio Koizumi award in ethno-musicology:
“In recognition of his contribution to systematic analysis of folk polyphonies of the world, proposing a new model for the origins of traditional choral singing in a broad context of human evolution.”
Here is the link to the book.
Georgian Traditional Polyphony in an International Context of Polyphonic Culture (To the Problems of Origins of Polyphony).
My next book was written in Russian and was published in 1989 by the Tbilisi State University Press. This was my Doctoral on Music dissertation.