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Download Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown by Michael Shermer PDF

By Michael Shermer

"Michael Shermer has given loads of issues loads of inspiration. in the event that your perceptions have ever rubbed you the opposite direction, you'll locate Science Friction fascinating." --Bill Nye, The technological know-how Guy

A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day--and fools every person. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and entering into "the zone" may perhaps, or would possibly not, increase his functionality. A son explores the possiblities of different and experimental medication for his cancer-ravaged mom. And a skeptic realizes that it's time to flip the skeptical lens onto technology itself.
In all of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, bestselling writer Michael Shermer explores the very own limitations and biases that plague and propel technological know-how, in particular while scientists push opposed to the unknown. What will we understand and what can we now not be aware of? How does technological know-how reply to controversy, assault, and uncertainty? while does idea turn into accredited truth? As continually, Shermer offers a thought-provoking, attention-grabbing, and pleasing view of lifestyles within the medical age.

"Meaty bills [and] enjoyable dialogue . . . really worth having." --The Washington submit publication World

"[Shermer's] major obsession is the reality . . . novice skeptics will examine from his matter-of-fact dismissals of astrology and creationism." --Psychology Today

"Extremely entertaining." --Science News

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Download I Drink for a Reason by David Cross PDF

By David Cross

After a decade spent in isolation within the Ugandan jungles brooding about stuff, David go has written his first booklet. identified for roles at the small display comparable to "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested improvement and the function of "David" in Mr. convey With Bob And David, as good as a highly profitable stand-up regimen filled with sharp-tongued rants and rages, go has carved out his position in American comedy. no matter if deflating the pomposity of non secular figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or in simple terms pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily indignant percent. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) correct, go has anything to assert approximately each person, together with his personal ridiculous self.

Now, for the 1st time, move is weaving his media mockery, megastar denunciation, non secular observation and sheer insanity into booklet shape, revealing the real tale in the back of his nearly existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished mins to a gathering of Fox tv community executives, and delivering up a brutally gruesome run-in with invoice O'Reilly. And as though this wasn't adequate to your guffawing excitement in those bothered instances, a number of the items splinter off with extra fabric being created on-line in specific video and lively web pages created completely for the book-a old first (presumably)!

With a mixture of own essays, satirical fiction posing as fact, suggestion for wealthy humans, details from America's least favourite Rabbi and a top-ten checklist of top-ten lists, I DRINK FOR A cause is as targeted because the comic himself, and can't be neglected.

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Download Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and by Emily Carr PDF

By Emily Carr

Accumulated the following for the 1st time in ebook shape are the expurgated sections of artist, author, and insurgent Emily Carr's unpublished journals, her very important "Lecture on Totems" approximately local paintings and folks, and letters to and from numerous key figures in her lifestyles. The unpublished magazine entries comprise lengthy passages approximately her first assembly with Sophie Frank, a Squamish basket maker who grew to become a confidante; anguished meditations on her religious venture; musings approximately local tradition and the white community's response to it; and ideas approximately her sisters and relations. This assortment additionally positive factors observation by means of famous literary historian Susan Crean that gives cultural and old context.

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Download War Studies Reader: From the Seventeenth Century to the by Gary Sheffield PDF

By Gary Sheffield

It is a huge ranging reader within the starting to be topic of struggle reports. It contains revered members, with each one bankruptcy set out basically and with contextual heritage. warfare stories is an more and more renowned topic at measure, masters and doctorate point, in addition to elements of it being taught at a degree. the following ultimately is a topic reader that may offer authoritative and concept scary items of scholarship in an available shape. issues coated comprise Strategic conception and the background of conflict (Daniel Moran), The makes use of and Abuses of Clausewitz (Eric Alterman), Victory Misunderstood - what the Gulf struggle Tells Us concerning the way forward for clash (Stephen Biddle), Early American methods of struggle - 1600 - 1815 (John Shy) and was once the Civil conflict a complete struggle? (Mark Neeley). there isn't any accredited definition of warfare experiences for it's a specific mixture of army heritage, diplomacy and modern safeguard. therefore this reader purposefully offers extensive insurance to the topic. every one subject is roofed through one in every of major articles or publication chapters with an creation from the editor to supply context. there'll even be a normal creation, explaining the expansion and improvement of this zone of analysis.

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Download Essays on Control: Perspectives in the Theory and its by A. G. J. MacFarlane (auth.), H. L. Trentelman, J. C. Willems PDF

By A. G. J. MacFarlane (auth.), H. L. Trentelman, J. C. Willems (eds.)

This publication comprises the textual content of the plenary lectures and the mini-courses of the eu regulate convention (ECC'93) held in Groningen, the Netherlands, June 2S-July 1, 1993. even though, the publication isn't really your usu­ al convention lawsuits. in its place, the authors took this get together to take a wide evaluation of the sector of keep an eye on and speak about its improvement either from a theoretical in addition to from an engineering perpective. the 1st essay is through the key-note speaker ofthe convention, A.G.J. Mac­ Farlane. It includes a non-technical dialogue of data processing and information acquisition because the key positive aspects of regulate engineering tech­ nology. the subsequent six articles are money owed of the plenary addresses. The contribution by means of R.W. Brockett issues a mathematical framework for modelling movement keep watch over, a crucial query in robotics and imaginative and prescient. within the paper by way of M. Morari the engineering and the industrial relevance of chemical technique regulate are thought of, specifically statistical qc and the regulate of platforms with constraints. the item through A.C.P.M. Backx is written from an business perspec­ tive. the writer is director of an engineering consulting company thinking about the layout of commercial regulate gear. particularly, the potential of acquiring excessive functionality and trustworthy controllers by means of modelling, identifi­ cation, and optimizing commercial procedures is discussed.

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Download The Understanding of Nature: Essays in the Philosophy of by Marjorie Grene PDF

By Marjorie Grene

No scholar or colleague of Marjorie Grene will pass over her incisive presence in those papers at the learn and nature of residing nature, and we think the recent reader will fast subscribe to the stimulating dialogue and critique which Professor Grene progressively provokes. For years she has labored with both yes wisdom within the classical area of philosophy and in smooth epistemological inquiry, both thinker of technological know-how and metaphysician. furthermore, she has the deeply brilliant thought that she will be a significantly clever learner up to an imaginatively unique philosopher, and therefore she has introduced insightful expository readings of alternative philosophers and scientists to her personal paintings. We have been such a lot lucky that Marjorie Grene used to be prepared to spend a whole semester of a up to date go away the following in Boston, and now we have on different events sought her participation in our colloquia and somewhere else. we've got the excitement of together with one of the Boston reports within the Philosophy of technological know-how this beneficiant choice from Grene's philosophical inquiries into the certainty of the wildlife, and of the lads and girls in it. Boston collage middle for the R. S. COHEN Philosophy and historical past of technology M. W. W ARTOFSKY April 1974 PREFACE This assortment spans - spottily - years from 1946 ('On a few differences among males and Brutes') to 1974 ('On the character of usual Necessity').

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Download Recipes for Disaster: A Memoir by Tess Rafferty PDF

By Tess Rafferty

Beginning with the Thanksgiving turkey that by no means particularly finishes cooking, then relocating to the polenta that unceremoniously is going runny and the visitors that arrive an afternoon early—there isn't any subject Tess Rafferty fails to come across, or hilariously recount. Recipes for catastrophe is as if Bridget Jones wrote a culinary narrative—the such a lot pristine of intentions slowly disappear, as does the wine besides any wish of a unbroken and well-orchestrated dinner party.

Told with center, humor and honesty; this memoir is going past culinary disaster and heartwarmingly unveils the lengths we visit so as to please our relations, buddies, and ourselves—and proves that it’s now not the nutrition that counts, however the thoughts. Aptly timed for all of the Thanksgiving cooks approximately to go into the vacation gauntlet; or the visitors headed to their dinners—this is definitely the right e-book to learn after which enjoy.

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Download Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D'Ambrosio PDF

By Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D’Ambrosio’s essay assortment Orphans spawned anything of a cult following. within the decade because the tiny limited-edition quantity bought out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their neighbors, scholars, and associates, in basic terms to discover themselves begging for his or her copy’s secure go back. For an individual acquainted with D’Ambrosio’s writing, this enthusiasm should still come as no shock. His paintings is exacting and emotionally beneficiant, frequently as humorous because it is devastating. Loitering gathers these 11 unique essays with new and formerly uncollected paintings in order that a broader viewers may well become aware of one among our nice dwelling essayists. irrespective of his topic — local American whaling, a Pentecostal “hell house,” Mary Kay Letourneau, the paintings of J. D. Salinger, or, usually, his family — D’Ambrosio ways every piece with a novel voice and perspective; every one essay, whereas specified and awesome, is unmistakably his personal.

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Download W. S. Graham: Critical Essays (Liverpool University Press - by Ralph Pite, Hester Jones PDF

By Ralph Pite, Hester Jones

Graham’s paintings was once released through T. S. Eliot within the Nineteen Forties and 50s, yet as a huge post-war poet, his paintings has bought astonishingly little severe recognition given its status and impact. This number of essays covers all features of Graham’s paintings – its serious reception, fresh impression and its kin with different advancements within the arts, particularly the paintings of the St Ives university of visible artists. It contains a few biographical fabric (brief recollections by means of and interviews with those that knew him) and discussions of the cloth contained in different collections of manuscripts. not anything up to now released has paid cognizance to those manuscript collections or to the big variety of uncollected poems released considering the fact that his demise. Neither has sufficient been written approximately Graham’s value to poets of the Eighties and Nineties. "The ten essays during this e-book are all tremendous powerfuble experiences of Graham’s paintings [...] regularly conscious of the subtleties of Graham’s very person attitudes to his paintings. The ebook will make an exceptional better half for plenty of readers and students."—PNReview

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