A Scientist Explores the Unparalleled Intelligence of the Human Mind
Author: James Trefil
Acclaim for Are We Unique? "In his masterful book, Trefil shares with readers some of the most recent research in neurology, evolution, primate research, computer science, and philosophy. Trefil's prose is lively and engaging." --Boston Globe "Trefil's race through the science that could explain the brain is highly readable." --Sunday Times of London "In a provocative essay, Trefil argues that the science of artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly. Machines, he theorizes, will one day develop a new kind of intelligence and self-awareness. So, maybe the real question is: Are we ready?" --San Diego Union-Tribune "A highly readable and engaging treatment of a fascinating question. Trefil makes a case for human uniqueness while at the same time celebrating the achievements of creations ranging from lobsters to neural nets. A provocative and enjoyable book." --Daniel L. Schacter Professor and Chair of Psychology, Harvard University author of Searching for Memory
Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology
Author: Michael Fuller,Dirk Evers,Anne Runehov,Knut-Willy Sæther
This book offers a penetrating analysis of issues raised by the perennial question, ‘Are We Special?’ It brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, from astronomy and palaeontology to philosophy and theology, to explore this question. Contributors cover a wide variety of issues, including what makes humans distinct from other animals, the possibilities of artificial life and artificial intelligence, the likelihood of life on other planets, and the role of religious behavior. A variety of religious and scientific perspectives are brought to bear on these matters. As a whole, the book addresses whether the issue of human uniqueness is one to which sciences and religions necessarily offer differing responses.
How Unique are We?
Author: William C. Burger
Publisher: Pyr Books
Examines the Earth's history and the circumstances leading to the origin of life and human evolution.
The Challenges to America's National Identity
Author: Samuel P. Huntington
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Political Science
Analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores signs of a revival of American identity in the wake of September 11th.
Author: Joel M. Charon
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Category: Social Science
A perfect alternative to the traditional introductory sociology text, TEN QUESTIONS: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, Eighth Edition, employs a unique approach to introducing and examining sociological principles. The text poses and answers questions that pique student interest, such as: What does it mean to be human? Are human beings free? Why is there misery in the world? The book examines the philosophies of classical sociologists such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, and Berger, and looks at how the field of sociology has approached these questions over the past 150 years. Thoroughly updated, the Eighth Edition includes such new real-world examples as the political revolution in Egypt and the Tea Party movement as illustrations of social conflict; and intriguing new discussions of how individuals can affect society, inequality and social stratification, and many other topics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
And How to Break the Vicious Cycle
Author: Joseph Baladi
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
This is one of the most thoughtful books on branding I've come across. Most such books are either quickly-crafted "how-to" books or academic tomes over-burdened with references. This book is thoughtful because it raises questions which deal with the "why" rather than just "how" of branding. The reference to brutal truth as the truth which will set us free—to examine ourselves without self-illusions—is liberating. The notion that Asia has many good, but no great brands, is also not a put-down but a clarion call for Asian CEOs to rise to the challenge and create lasting, meaningful, committed brands. Ho Kwon Ping Chairman/CEO, Banyan Tree and Board of Trustees, SMU 2010 recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the American Creativity Association A cold shower to wake people up. Joe Baladi's Brand Blueprint is a great tool for anyone involved in Sovereign Relationship Marketing or brand building anywhere. Timothy Love Vice Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom APIMA There are many books about branding but few address Asian companies directly. Joe Baladi has been one of the loudest voices to advocate strong branding practices to Asian companies determined to outperform their competitors. The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is a timely book that all Asian CEOs with global aspirations should read. Richard Eu Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang International The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is the first book that connects branding frameworks to the realities of operating in Asia. It offers a very straightforward perspective on the challenges Asian CEOs face as they build their businesses and their brands, and perhaps the most compelling part of the book is the passionate plea for how Asian CEOs should be thinking different about branding. In true Baladi style, it is straight from the heart. Maarten Kelder Managing Partner (Asia), Monitor Group A very interesting and valuable perspective on Asian branding... one that decision makers in the region should read and embrace. Well done Joe! Ron Sim Founder & CEO, OSIM International Brands mean Business, anywhere in the world! The focus on Asia, at this time, is natural since the developing nations of the region did so much to help the world recover from the global 2008 economic crisis. Baladi’s text is timely; it is thoughtful and thought-provoking; putting people and brands center stage with practical insights borne of his breadth of personal experience at the frontline. Chris D. Beaumont Professor, Tokyo University, Global Centre of Excellence Director, North Asia, Results International The brutal truth is that Joe Baladi is right. Asian CEOs must learn the brand skills used so successfully in the rest of the world. It will take a big change in mentality, but the rewards will be vast. This book is a great start to that revolution. Michael Newman Author, 22 Irrefutable Laws of Advertising
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the biggest philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why does anything exist? And how is it all going to end? 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is the question atheists and scientists are always asked, and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer. Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing. A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved - and the implications for how it's going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. In the words of Richard Dawkins: this could potentially be the most important scientific book since Darwin's On the Origin of Species.
Notes on the State of the Declaration of Independence
Author: Richard J. Rolwing
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Political Science
This is one of eight volumes on the Declaration of Independence. These last four contain only about 25 extended essays each. Rolwing examines nearly all the major writers on our Basic Charter, most of whom repudiate it. He focuses on their manifold criticisms and rejections, reveals their multiple distortions and misunderstandings, rebukes their self-contradictions and inconsistencies, and pities their general theo-phobia. He argues that while America was Founded almost completely by Protestant Christians (the only two deists were not even deists), what was Founded was formally only a philosophical product, not a faith based or Christian one, although the philosophy had been more Catholic than Protestant. Rolwing makes a great deal of American history, law, ethics, politics, philosophy, and theology easily accessible to the average reader. Each 5 minute essay can give you a high for the whole day. Certainly the Declaration is worth many an hour explaining and defending it. Mr. Rolwing seeks to make the problems brought up about the document capable of being understood by both scholar and ordinary citizen.
The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind
Author: Nikolas Rose,Joelle M. Abi-Rached
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
The brain sciences are influencing our understanding of human behavior as never before, from neuropsychiatry and neuroeconomics to neurotheology and neuroaesthetics. Many now believe that the brain is what makes us human, and it seems that neuroscientists are poised to become the new experts in the management of human conduct. Neuro describes the key developments--theoretical, technological, economic, and biopolitical--that have enabled the neurosciences to gain such traction outside the laboratory. It explores the ways neurobiological conceptions of personhood are influencing everything from child rearing to criminal justice, and are transforming the ways we "know ourselves" as human beings. In this emerging neuro-ontology, we are not "determined" by our neurobiology: on the contrary, it appears that we can and should seek to improve ourselves by understanding and acting on our brains. Neuro examines the implications of this emerging trend, weighing the promises against the perils, and evaluating some widely held concerns about a neurobiological "colonization" of the social and human sciences. Despite identifying many exaggerated claims and premature promises, Neuro argues that the openness provided by the new styles of thought taking shape in neuroscience, with its contemporary conceptions of the neuromolecular, plastic, and social brain, could make possible a new and productive engagement between the social and brain sciences. Copyright note: Reproduction, including downloading of Joan Miro works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. ?
Living Our Call to Christian Community
Author: Susan Muto
Publisher: New City Press
Whats in it for me? Whats the takeaway? Susan Muto challenges us to turn away from the cultural impulse toward me-centeredness. By word and deed, Jesus teaches us not to place ourselves at the center of anything. Muto maps out the factors that work against our being one in the Lord both egotism and self-criticism, the demands of modern worklife, technologys propensity to isolate us from one another, our preconceptions about the right way to proceed, and the difficulty of forgiveness. Reflection questions after each chapter make the book perfect for sharing the journey toward communion in a parish or formation program.
Key Concepts in Philosophy
Author: Eric Matthews
Publisher: A&C Black
Key Concepts in Philosophy is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encountered in the study of philosophy. Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, these books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study. The philosophy of mind - inquiry into just what the mind is and the nature of its relationship to the body - is one of Western philosophy's focal points. This is a comprehensive, clear and authoritative guide to the subject's history, its key themes and concepts, and those philosophers who have most influenced it, aimed at students encountering the discipline for the first time. The text illustrates the importance of the concept of mind in defining what it is to be human; this unifies the discussion and analysis of specific topics. Having outlined the major traditional accounts of the nature of the mind in western philosophy, the book goes on to examine such important concepts as subjectivity, intentionality and behaviour. The book also explores how far the concept of mind can be extended to animals and machines, such as computers and robots. Philosophy undergraduates will find this an invaluable aid to study, one that goes beyond simple definitions and summaries to really open up fascinating and important ideas and arguments.
Author: William Burch
Publisher: Xulon Press
Reading Through Matthew, Encountering God is the first book by William Burch. He was born in North Hollywood, California in 1971, the second of 2 sons born to James and Rosa Burch. In 1977, the Burch family moved to Daleville, Alabama where the author grew up and later attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. William served in the Unites States Army before moving to Texas and completing his Bachelor Degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The author went on to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas completing a Master of Divinity Degree. William has served in a number of churches as a teacher, lay leader, and staff member. This book fulfills his long held desire and passion for writing. In the future, the author envisions continuing his ministry in both writing and church ministry.God teaches and speaks to people through the Bible. This book will teach and inspire Christians to read the Bible and respond with their lives. In Reading Through Matthew, Encountering God, I demonstrate my method of Bible reading, journaling, and prayer. This Dynamic Bible Reading, as I call it, involves reading a small Bible passage and journaling the believer's interaction with that passage through three distinct sections; (1) Scripture Insight: the meaning of the passage, (2) Application: how to apply the meaning to life, and (3) Prayer: seeking God's guidance in living out what the passage teaches. To best draw the meaning of Scripture into our lives, we must read it, work through its meaning, and begin to practice it in life. This book helps to develop these skills. Once gained, I hope each reader will pass this book on to someone else who might benefit from it.
Author: Mona Salem Rashed
A physio therapist in his early thirties faces many problems in his career life and his love life turns to a friend to help in solving the hard issues when he, by sheer coincedence, finds a scienfic book about the strong boilogical resembelance between us and our ancestors; the genes and the influence of the genelogical tree on us, but, as the book goes, do thoes genes have any effect on our luck and fate and emotions and behaviors? Does the genelogical tree stretch its branches on our future and decisions as well as chances? Upon reading the book, Dr. Ghazi Hamed searches in his family roots to check the possibility of finding solutions to his problems and answers to his bad luck in love and life and career. The long journey with the book takes him to down deep in history to meet a great grandfather who looks like him physically and mentally together with similar circumsatances the old man lived in. How can the young therapist make use of the theory and borrow solutions from the old past into the present time to solve his problems and sweep away all the obstacles?
in Four Tantric Trysts
Author: SASHA LESSIN, PH.D. & JANET KIRA LESSIN
Publisher: Author House
Category: Family & Relationships
FOUR TANTRIC TRYSTS guides you as Giver as you adore and nurture a female lover--your Receiver. You show her she can trust you as her healer. You help her heal herself and adopt strategies to love wisely and expand her sexual ecstacy. When you’ve trysted tantrically, you love each other more and better. In Tantra Tryst 1, Activate Your Chakras, you open your energy vortexes (chakras) to each other. You share your diverse inner-voices. Learn, in this tryst, what hurts and scares your Inner Kids. See how you grew subselves to block pain and fear. You discern when to lower your subself shields, share vulnerability and connect with each other. You synergize your inner selves’ dance within and between you. In Tryst 2, Reprogram Her Parental Imprints, you help your Receiver escape the automatic limits her rearers and culture inculcated. Then she reacts to you as you, not as a stand-in for a parent. Tryst 3, Refine How You Relate, you guide her through exercises to refine how you and she relate. You establish the trust you need to nurture, adore, delight and worship her so she can safely express everything to you. Tryst 4, Heal Her Heart, Encourage Her Ejaculation, you touch her vagina inside and trigger repressed, suppressed and under-expressed pain she expresses as you touch, pain that blocks her full sexual sensuality and inhibits ejaculatory orgasms. You help her express pain and release her blocks so she can, when she chooses, ejaculate. You stroke her inner clitoris and urethral sponge till she ejaculates and rises to new delight heights.
Author: H. Oscar Bovolini
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The asteroid belt wasnt a natural accident; it was just another product of evil and criminal minds. Few survived to carry their seed (some good, others evil) across the infinite space to an empire created through eons of conquest and colonization. However, the same minds that destroyed the old planet went at full speed to destroy the new home in their ambition, stupidity, and criminality. Their tools: blackmail, crime, depravation, and powerful drugs capable of destroying the awareness of the planets population. Their allies: insane criminals locked in a ward planet of the empire because of their experiments with all kinds of drugs and torture, aimed at controlling and suppressing the population. Their enemy: a genius capable of leading and creating havoc on their evil and criminal plans. A man determined to survive and lead the path to a new civilization.
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Peter Smith,O. R. Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The discussions throughout this book are exceptionally clear, and the writing uncomplicated, to make available to the students a wealth of detailed argument in the philosophy of mind.