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The Grand Delusion

The Grand Delusion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1614296790
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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This is a fun, unique book that goes deep into the great mysteries of knowing—and makes it enjoyable. In The Grand Delusion, bestselling author Steve Hagen drills deeply into the most basic assumptions, strengths, and limitations of religion and belief, philosophy and inquiry, science and technology. In doing so, he shines new light on the great existential questions—Why is there Something rather than Nothing? What does it mean to exist? What is consciousness? What is the nature of truth?—and does so from an entirely unexpected direction. Ultimately, this book reveals how all of our fundamental questions stem from a single error, a single unwarranted belief—a single Grand Delusion.

Great Delusion

Great Delusion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0300240538
Author: John J. Mearsheimer
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Great Delusion by John J. Mearsheimer Book Resume:

A major theoretical statement by a distinguished political scholar explains why a policy of liberal hegemony is doomed to failIn this major statement, the renowned international-relations scholar John Mearsheimer argues that liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, is doomed to fail. It makes far more sense, he maintains, for Washington to adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad.It is widely believed in the West that the United States should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy, and build institutions. This policy of remaking the world in America’s image is supposed to protect human rights, promote peace, and make the world safe for democracy. But this is not what has happened. Instead, the United States has ended up as a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home. Mearsheimer tells us why this has happened.

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0393652211
Author: Shankar Vedantam,Bill Mesler
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam,Bill Mesler Book Resume:

From the New York Times best-selling author and host of Hidden Brain comes a thought-provoking look at the role of self-deception in human flourishing. Self-deception does terrible harm to us, to our communities, and to the planet. But if it is so bad for us, why is it ubiquitous? In Useful Delusions, Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler argue that, paradoxically, self-deception can also play a vital role in our success and well-being. The lies we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers, and coworkers. They can explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don’t, why some nations hold together while others splinter. Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of what it really means to be human.

The Grand Delusion: Multiculturalism in Ireland and Beyond

The Grand Delusion: Multiculturalism in Ireland and Beyond [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Salah Haddad
Publisher: Salah Haddad
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The Grand Delusion: Multiculturalism in Ireland and Beyond by Salah Haddad Book Resume:

Throughout our human history it would be difficult to find many societies that have not been marked by significant cultural diversity. This fact becomes more and more obvious in the global multicultural age and it is hard for anyone to ignore it, let alone deny it. However, this book tells us that answering only one question can help to fully understand what the contemporary term 'multiculturalism' means and what its policy and strategy is. The question is: how has Western colonialism dealt with the cultural diversity since 1492?

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Charles Mackay
Publisher: e-artnow
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay Book Resume:

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. The subjects of Mackay's debunking include witchcraft, alchemy, crusades, duels, economic bubbles, fortune-telling, haunted houses, the Drummer of Tedworth, the influence of politics and religion on the shapes of beards and hair, magnetizers (influence of imagination in curing disease), murder through poisoning, prophecies, popular admiration of great thieves, popular follies of great cities, and relics. Contents: Volume 1: National Delusions: The Mississippi Scheme The South Sea Bubble The Tulipomania Relics Modern Prophecies Popular Admiration for Great Thieves Influence of Politics and Religion on the Hair and Beard Duels and Ordeals The Love of the Marvellous and the Disbelief of the True Popular Follies in Great Cities Old Price Riots The Thugs, or Phansigars Volume 2: Peculiar Follies: The Crusades The Witch Mania The Slow Poisoners Haunted Houses Volume 3: Philosophical Delusions : The Alchemysts Fortune Telling The Magnetisers

Battle of the River Plate

Battle of the River Plate [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1844689530
Author: Richard Woodman
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
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Battle of the River Plate by Richard Woodman Book Resume:

The Battle of the River Plate was the first major naval confrontation of the Second World War, and it is one of the most famous. The dramatic sea fight between German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax and Achilles off the coast of South America caught the imagination in December 1939. Over the last 60 years the episode has come to be seen as one of the classics of naval warfare. Yet the accepted interpretation of events has perhaps been taken for granted and is ripe for reassessment, and that is one of the aims of Richard Woodman's enthralling new study.

The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1610391632
Author: Evgeny Morozov
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov Book Resume:

Updated with a new Afterword “The revolution will be Twittered!” declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. But as journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov argues in The Net Delusion, the Internet is a tool that both revolutionaries and authoritarian governments can use. For all of the talk in the West about the power of the Internet to democratize societies, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. Social media sites have been used there to entrench dictators and threaten dissidents, making it harder—not easier—to promote democracy. Marshalling a compelling set of case studies, The Net Delusion shows why the cyber-utopian stance that the Internet is inherently liberating is wrong, and how ambitious and seemingly noble initiatives like the promotion of “Internet freedom” are misguided and, on occasion, harmful.

Meditation Now or Never

Meditation Now or Never [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0061747564
Author: Steve Hagen
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Meditation Now or Never by Steve Hagen Book Resume:

National bestselling author and teacher Steve Hagen strips away the cultural and religious jargon surrounding meditation and provides an accessible and thorough manual for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Inside you will find: Simple practices to avoid needlessly complicating meditation Where most of us get stuck in meditation—and how to get unstuck A unique focus on meditation not simply as a spiritual technique, but as a way of living

Enduring Love

Enduring Love [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307366995
Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Enduring Love by Ian McEwan Book Resume:

In one of the most striking opening scenes ever written, a bizarre ballooning accident and a chance meeting give birth to an obsession so powerful that an ordinary man is driven to the brink of madness and murder by another's delusions. Ian McEwan brings us an unforgettable story—dark, gripping, and brilliantly crafted—of how life can change in an instant.

Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhism Plain and Simple [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1462901905
Author: Steve Hagen
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen Book Resume:

Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present. Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780393079258
Author: Cordelia Fine
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine Book Resume:

“[Fine’s] sharp tongue is tempered with humor. . . . Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is.”—The New York Times It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children—boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks—we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains. The neuroscience that we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo. Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for housework. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender. Passionately argued and unfailingly astute, Delusions of Gender provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different—a belief that, as Fine shows with insight and humor, all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society.

The Technical Delusion

The Technical Delusion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1478002441
Author: Jeffrey Sconce
Publisher: Duke University Press
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The Technical Delusion by Jeffrey Sconce Book Resume:

Delusions of electronic persecution have been a preeminent symptom of psychosis for over two hundred years. In The Technical Delusion Jeffrey Sconce traces the history and continuing proliferation of this phenomenon from its origins in Enlightenment anatomy to our era of global interconnectivity. While psychiatrists have typically dismissed such delusions of electronic control as arbitrary or as mere reflections of modern life, Sconce demonstrates a more complex and interdependent history of electronics, power, and insanity. Drawing on a wide array of psychological case studies, literature, court cases, and popular media, Sconce analyzes the material and social processes that have shaped historical delusions of electronic contamination, implantation, telepathy, surveillance, and immersion. From the age of telegraphy to contemporary digitality, the media emerged within such delusions to become the privileged site for imagining the merger of electronic and political power, serving as a paranoid conduit between the body and the body politic. Looking to the future, Sconce argues that this symptom will become increasingly difficult to isolate, especially as remote and often secretive powers work to further integrate bodies, electronics, and information.

The Dawkins Delusion?

The Dawkins Delusion? [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0830868739
Author: Alister McGrath,Joanna Collicutt McGrath
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
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The Dawkins Delusion? by Alister McGrath,Joanna Collicutt McGrath Book Resume:

Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath present a reliable assessment of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, famed atheist and scientist, and the many questions this book raises--including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.


Falter [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1250178274
Author: Bill McKibben
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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Falter by Bill McKibben Book Resume:

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away. Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.


Gladstone [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134606370
Author: Michael Partridge
Publisher: Routledge
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Gladstone by Michael Partridge Book Resume:

Gladstone is one of the most important political figures in modern British history. He held the office of Prime Minister four times during a turbulent and changing time in Britain's history. Michael Partridge provides a new survey of Gladstone's life and career, placing him firmly in the context of nineteenth-century Britain, and covering both his intriguing private life and his public career. Surveying a broad range of source material, Partridge begins by looking at Gladstone's early life, education and entry to Parliament, before looking at his marriage and service with Peel. He goes on to look in detail at Gladstone's terms as prime minister concluding with his fourth ministry, when Gladstone, by now in his eighties, returned to power. He tried and failed to resolve the problems of Ireland, which had become his great obsession, for the last time and eventually retired from politics in 1894 and died a few years later.

Unlimited Progress

Unlimited Progress [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1450237878
Author: Dennis Knight Heffner
Publisher: iUniverse
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Unlimited Progress by Dennis Knight Heffner Book Resume:

Most people have a bias toward seeing the world as they would like it to be. It might be best for some purposes, however, to know the world as it actually is. Unlimited Progress: The Grand Delusion of the Modern World can help in that quest. One of the most misleading ideas permeating the modern world is the concept that progress can be almost unlimited. Most of this book focuses on modern science and how it underlies and influences almost all of our general views about what the world is like. Americans have become hooked on progress. Much of this addiction has developed because of the great advances of modern science and related technology. Author Dennis Knight Heffner, M.D., has a broad-based perspective on science, developed over half a century, that will help you understand that there are limits to progress. Being aware of them can help you make important choices affecting your life especially political choices.

The Grand Delusion

The Grand Delusion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0857733966
Author: Stephen Haseler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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The Grand Delusion by Stephen Haseler Book Resume:

In 2012, Britain and the Commonwealth celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. The royal family have overcome a number of obstacles in its recent history, yet today it appears to be riding on a wave of popular affection. But has Elizabeth II's reign been a good thing for the UK? Or have the style, rituals and underlying culture of the modern monarchy held Britain back from its potential in the 21st century world? In this groundbreaking and thought-provoking new book, Stephen Haseler argues that the class structure which the monarchy has continued to encourage has retained outdated, yet seemingly entrenched, attitudes which have negatively affected Britain's economy, capacity to innovate and international stature. He provides an alternative political and social history of modern Britain which will be a provocative yet entertaining and informative read in the Queen's anniversary year.

Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania

Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 5870776090
Author: L.J. Blair
Publisher: Рипол Классик
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Northern Irish Poetry

Northern Irish Poetry [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137330392
Author: E. Kennedy-Andrews
Publisher: Springer
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Northern Irish Poetry by E. Kennedy-Andrews Book Resume:

Through discussion of the ways in which major Northern Irish poets (such as John Hewitt, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Louis MacNeice and Derek Mahon) have been influenced by America, this study shows how Northern Irish poetry overspills national borders, complicating and enriching itself through cross-cultural interaction and hybridity.

America, Pakistan, and the India Factor

America, Pakistan, and the India Factor [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137323876
Author: N. Mohanty
Publisher: Springer
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America, Pakistan, and the India Factor by N. Mohanty Book Resume:

This book is not just an update to studies of Middle Eastern policy and diplomacy, but an in-depth analysis that covers the United States' foreign and strategic policy from the days of President Roosevelt to President Obama and Pakistan's security and strategic planning since its inception to 2011, under the shadow of India and Afghanistan.