High Minds

High Minds Author Simon Heffer
ISBN-10 9781446473825
Year 2013-10-03
Pages 896
Language en
Publisher Random House
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Simon Heffer's new book forms an ambitious exploration of the making of the Victorian age and the Victorian mind. Britain in the 1840s was a country wracked by poverty, unrest and uncertainty, where there were attempts to assassinate the Queen and her prime minister, and the ruling class lived in fear of riot and revolution. By the 1880s it was a confident nation of progress and prosperity, transformed not just by industrialisation but by new attitudes to politics, education, women and the working class. That it should have changed so radically was very largely the work of an astonishingly dynamic and high-minded group of people – politicians and philanthropists, writers and thinkers – who in a matter of decades fundamentally remade the country, its institutions and its mindset, and laid the foundations for modern society. It traces the evolution of British democracy and shows how early laissez-faire attitudes to the lot of the less fortunate turned into campaigns to improve their lives and prospects. It analyses the birth of new attitudes to education, religion and science. And it shows how even such aesthetic issues as taste in architecture were swept in to broader debates about the direction that the country should take. In the process, Simon Heffer looks at the lives and deeds of major politicians, from the devout and principled Gladstone to the unscrupulous Disraeli; at the intellectual arguments that raged among writers and thinkers such as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, and Samuel Butler; and at the 'great projects' of the age, from the Great Exhibition to the Albert Memorial. Drawing heavily on previously unpublished documents, he offers a superbly nuanced insight into life in an extraordinary era, populated by extraordinary people – and how our forebears’ pursuit of perfection gave birth to modern Britain.

High Minds

High Minds Author Simon Heffer
ISBN-10 9780099558477
Year 2014
Pages 878
Language en
Publisher Random House
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England in the 1880s was a powerhouse of change, transformed not just by industrialisation but by new attitudes to learning, to politics and to society as a whole. This book explores this process of transformation.

The Distracted Mind

The Distracted Mind Author Adam Gazzaley
ISBN-10 9780262034944
Year 2016-09-23
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher MIT Press
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Why our brains aren't built for media multitasking, and how we can learn to live with technology in a more balanced way.

The Brain Electric

The Brain Electric Author Malcolm Gay
ISBN-10 9780374709624
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The gripping and revelatory story of the dramatic race to merge the human brain with machines Leading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind. On the cusp of decoding brain signals that govern motor skills, they are developing miraculous technologies to enable paraplegics and wounded soldiers to move prosthetic limbs, and the rest of us to manipulate computers and other objects through thought alone. These fiercely competitive scientists are vying for Defense Department and venture capital funding, prestige, and great wealth. Part life-altering cure, part science fiction, part military dream, these cutting-edge brain-computer interfaces promise to improve lives—but also hold the potential to augment soldiers' combat capabilities. In The Brain Electric, Malcolm Gay follows the dramatic emergence of these technologies, taking us behind the scenes into the operating rooms, start-ups, and research labs where the future is unfolding. With access to many of the field's top scientists, Gay illuminates this extraordinary race—where science, medicine, profit, and war converge—for the first time. But this isn't just a story about technology. At the heart of this research is a group of brave, vulnerable patient-volunteers whose lives are given new meaning through participating in these experiments. The Brain Electric asks us to rethink our relationship to technology, our bodies, even consciousness itself—challenging our assumptions about what it means to be human.

Standardized Minds

Standardized Minds Author Peter Sacks
ISBN-10 0738204331
Year 2001-01-10
Pages 351
Language en
Publisher Da Capo Press
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"Standardized Minds" dramatically shows how an unhealthy and enduring obsession with intelligence testing affects everyone. Drawing creative solutions from the headlines and front lines, Sacks demonstrates proven alternatives to such testing, and details a plan to make the American meritocracy legitimate and fair.

The Battle for Hearts and Minds in the High North

The Battle for Hearts and Minds in the High North Author Mikael Nilsson
ISBN-10 9789004330597
Year 2016-09-29
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher BRILL
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This book offers a detailed analysis of how the USIA conducted its propaganda campaign in Sweden during the Cold War, 1952–1969. It shows how U.S. hegemony was co-produced by Swedish journalists, scientists, labour leaders, and government officials.

Virtuous Minds

Virtuous Minds Author Phil Dow
ISBN-10 9780830827145
Year 2013-04-08
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher InterVarsity Press
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Teacher-administrator Philip Dow explores the implications of setting intellectual character (rather than intellectual content) at the heart of our educational programs. With ample stories and practical suggestions, Dow shows how intellectual virtues like tenacity, carefulness and curiosity are teachable traits that can produce good lives.

The Righteous Mind

The Righteous Mind Author Jonathan Haidt
ISBN-10 9780307907035
Year 2012-03-13
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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This well-researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election. As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.

Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind Author Nancy Garden
ISBN-10 9781504046619
Year 2017-09-05
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Open Road Media
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A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly). When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that falling in love could be so wonderful, but as Liza and Annie’s newfound sexuality sparks conflict in both their families and at their schools, they discover it will take more than love for their relationship to succeed. One of the first books to positively portray a lesbian relationship, Annie on My Mind is a groundbreaking classic of the genre. The subject of a First Amendment lawsuit over banned books and one of School Library Journal’s “One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century,” Nancy Garden’s iconic novel is an important story for anyone discovering who they’re meant to be.

Animal Minds

Animal Minds Author Donald R. Griffin
ISBN-10 9780226227122
Year 2013-03-21
Pages 376
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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In Animal Minds, Donald R. Griffin takes us on a guided tour of the recent explosion of scientific research on animal mentality. Are animals consciously aware of anything, or are they merely living machines, incapable of conscious thoughts or emotional feelings? How can we tell? Such questions have long fascinated Griffin, who has been a pioneer at the forefront of research in animal cognition for decades, and is recognized as one of the leading behavioral ecologists of the twentieth century. With this new edition of his classic book, which he has completely revised and updated, Griffin moves beyond considerations of animal cognition to argue that scientists can and should investigate questions of animal consciousness. Using examples from studies of species ranging from chimpanzees and dolphins to birds and honeybees, he demonstrates how communication among animals can serve as a "window" into what animals think and feel, just as human speech and nonverbal communication tell us most of what we know about the thoughts and feelings of other people. Even when they don't communicate about it, animals respond with sometimes surprising versatility to new situations for which neither their genes nor their previous experiences have prepared them, and Griffin discusses what these behaviors can tell us about animal minds. He also reviews the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, which has revealed startling similarities in the neural mechanisms underlying brain functioning in both humans and other animals. Finally, in four chapters greatly expanded for this edition, Griffin considers the latest scientific research on animal consciousness, pro and con, and explores its profound philosophical and ethical implications.

Hive Mind

Hive Mind Author Garett Jones
ISBN-10 9780804785969
Year 2015-11-11
Pages 221
Language en
Publisher Stanford University Press
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In "Hive Mind," Garett Jones draws on an array of research from psychology, economics, management, and political science to make the case that IQ scores are a strong predictor of national prosperity.

Philosophy of Fearism

Philosophy of Fearism Author Desh Subba
ISBN-10 9781499004670
Year 2014-07-18
Pages 360
Language en
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
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1. ‘Fearism is a gift to the world from Nepali.’ Prof. Dr Tanka Prasad Neupane, Chairman, Fearism Study Centre: Baicharik Chintan, 2066 v.s. 2. ‘Fearism of Desh Subba has shaken the foundation of Nepali literature and intellectual world.’ Yese Dorje Thongsi, Indian Literary Academy winner, Arunachal Pradesh, India, 31 March 2013, Pratidin Assamese Daily, Assam, India. 3. ‘Fearism is under the neo-criticism consists of different thoughts and isms. Therefore, Curriculum Determination Committee, Sikkim University has included it in the course as 14th paper for fourth Semester in Master Degree.’ Prof. Dr Kavita Lama, Head of the Department, Sikkim University, Sikkim, India. Annapurna Post, 17 July 2012.

The Ghost

The Ghost Author Andrew Lowe
ISBN-10 9781784623005
Year 2015-06-28
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Troubador Publishing Ltd
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How deep would you dig to keep your secret buried? Dorian Cook is a jaded film critic, haunted by a horrific prank that defined his impoverished childhood. When an old acquaintance resurfaces, seeking revenge, Cook finds himself the reluctant hero of a real-life movie, where he’s forced to protect his family and fight for his life. “Someone wants to hurt us.” The action cuts between Cook’s working life in contemporary London and his primary school days in 1970’s industrial England, where a dire decision, taken on the hottest day of the year in the summer of ‘76, changes his life forever. In the present day, as Cook’s public and private worlds collapse around him, he struggles to shut away the shame of the past. Pursued by a deadly aggressor, he must finally step out of the shadows and lay his demons to rest. Love and hate. Retribution and redemption. Death and rebirth. The Ghost is a chilling, compulsive thriller which shows how an ordinary man can be driven to do extraordinary things.

Gate of Heaven

Gate of Heaven Author Abraham Cohen de Herrera
ISBN-10 9004122532
Year 2002-01-01
Pages 548
Language en
Publisher BRILL
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A complete and unabridged English translation of Abraham Cohen de Herrera's principal kabbalistic work, with an introduction to his life, works, and influence, and comprehensive notes on his kabbalistic and philosophical sources, by Kenneth Krabbenhoft.