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Reality Making

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Editor: Oxford University Press
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What makes up reality, and how? What kinds of entity are fundamental to reality, and how do dependent entities depend on the fundamental ones? How does one entity metaphysically ground another? These questions are central to contemporary metaphysics. The papers in this collection, written by a new generation of metaphysicians, address these and related questions. They investigate the metaphysical concepts of grounding and fundamentality, and the relationship between the fundamental and all the other parts of reality. Together, these papers represent the cutting-edge of a central topic in contemporary metaphysics.

Making Ideas Happen

Making Ideas Happen Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Scott Belsky
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1101404353
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How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition again and again Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone willing to develop their organizational habits and leadership capability. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of creative people and teams that are especially productive-the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again. After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as: •Generate ideas in moderation and kill ideas liberally •Prioritize through nagging •Encourage fighting within your team While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

The Social Construction of Reality

The Social Construction of Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter L. Berger,Thomas Luckmann
Editor: Open Road Media
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The classic work that redefined the sociology of knowledge and has inspired a generation of philosophers and thinkers In this seminal book, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann examine how knowledge forms and how it is preserved and altered within a society. Unlike earlier theorists and philosophers, Berger and Luckmann go beyond intellectual history and focus on commonsense, everyday knowledge—the proverbs, morals, values, and beliefs shared among ordinary people. When first published in 1966, this systematic, theoretical treatise introduced the term social construction,effectively creating a new thought and transforming Western philosophy.

Making Sense of Reality

Making Sense of Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tia DeNora
Editor: SAGE
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What is reality and how do we make sense of it in everyday life? Why do some realities seem more real than others, and what of seemingly contradictory and multiple realities? This book considers reality as we represent, perceive and experience it. It suggests that the realities we take as ‘real’ are the result of real-time, situated practices that draw on and draw together many things - technologies and objects, people, gestures, meanings and media. Examining these practices illuminates reality (or rather our sense of it) as always ‘virtually real’, that is simplified and artfully produced. This examination also shows us how the sense of reality that we make is nonetheless real in its consequences. Making Sense of Reality offers students and educators a guide to analysing social life. It develops a performance-based perspective (‘doing things with’) that highlights the ever-revised dimension of realities and links this perspective to a focus on object-relations and an ecological model of culture-in-action.

SpaceX

SpaceX Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Erik Seedhouse
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
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This first account of commercial spaceflight’s most successful venture describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have placed SpaceX at the forefront of the launch industry and made it the most likely candidate for transporting humans to Mars. Since its inception in 2002, SpaceX has sought to change the space launch paradigm by developing a family of launch vehicles that will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access tenfold. Coupled with the newly emerging market for governmental, private, and commercial space transport, this new model will re-ignite humanity's efforts to explore and develop space. Formed in 2002 by Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal and the Zip2 Corporation, SpaceX has already developed two state-of-the-art new launch vehicles, established an impressive launch manifest, and been awarded COTS funding by NASA to demonstrate delivery and return of cargo to the ISS. This book describes how simplicity, low-cost, and reliability can go hand in hand, as promoted in the philosophy of SpaceX. It explains how, by eliminating the traditional layers of internal management and external sub-contractors and keeping the vast majority of manufacturing in house, SpaceX reduces its costs while accelerating decision making and delivery, controls quality, and ensures constant liaison between the design and manufacturing teams.

Making the Social World

Making the Social World Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Searle
Editor: Oxford University Press
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There are few more important philosophers at work today than John Searle, a creative and contentious thinker who has shaped the way we think about mind and language. Now he offers a profound understanding of how we create a social reality--a reality of money, property, governments, marriages, stock markets and cocktail parties. The paradox he addresses in Making the Social World is that these facts only exist because we think they exist and yet they have an objective existence. Continuing a line of investigation begun in his earlier book The Construction of Social Reality, Searle identifies the precise role of language in the creation of all "institutional facts." His aim is to show how mind, language and civilization are natural products of the basic facts of the physical world described by physics, chemistry and biology. Searle explains how a single linguistic operation, repeated over and over, is used to create and maintain the elaborate structures of human social institutions. These institutions serve to create and distribute power relations that are pervasive and often invisible. These power relations motivate human actions in a way that provides the glue that holds human civilization together. Searle then applies the account to show how it relates to human rationality, the freedom of the will, the nature of political power and the existence of universal human rights. In the course of his explication, he asks whether robots can have institutions, why the threat of force so often lies behind institutions, and he denies that there can be such a thing as a "state of nature" for language-using human beings.

Making Sense of Reality

Making Sense of Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tia DeNora
Editor: SAGE
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Making Sense of Reality by Tia DeNora Summary

What is reality and how do we make sense of it in everyday life? Why do some realities seem more real than others, and what of seemingly contradictory and multiple realities? This book considers reality as we represent, perceive and experience it. It suggests that the realities we take as ‘real’ are the result of real-time, situated practices that draw on and draw together many things - technologies and objects, people, gestures, meanings and media. Examining these practices illuminates reality (or rather our sense of it) as always ‘virtually real’, that is simplified and artfully produced. This examination also shows us how the sense of reality that we make is nonetheless real in its consequences. Making Sense of Reality offers students and educators a guide to analysing social life. It develops a performance-based perspective (‘doing things with’) that highlights the ever-revised dimension of realities and links this perspective to a focus on object-relations and an ecological model of culture-in-action.

Rhetoric And Reality

Rhetoric And Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Terrence R Tutchings
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1000310094
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Since 1945, the role of the president in shaping domestic and foreign policy has changed dramatically. Though the prodigious growth of the federal bureaucracy under the Executive Branch reflects much of this change, bureaucratic response to the major issues of the past three decades has been ineffective or nonexistent, and a notable parallel development has been the increasing use of public commissions in the policymaking process. Dr. Tutchings studies more than 100 public commissions using a model of the policymaking process that includes demands, decision and information costs, and policy results and outcomes. Reviewing the results of the commissions as reflected in presidential support of recommendations (via proposed legislation) and in congressional response, he notes that their membership has typically been dominated by government/corporate elites: as this membership has become more pluralistic, there has been a sharp decline in the contributions of the commissions to the policymaking process. Perhaps the most significant contribution of the book is its detailed development of the concept of rhetorical policy as a first step in the policymaking process.

What is Consciousness

What is Consciousness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vipin Gupta
Editor: Vipin Gupta
ISBN: 1087967279
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What Is Consciousness: The Factor Creating the Law of Limitation is an eye-opening investigation of how what we know limits our power to know the unknown. Have you ever wondered why some people know what you do not? Why you have to read books, research an issue, practice a project, or scientifically study a subject to know something that some can explain spontaneously using intuitive reasoning? For instance, you may have waited to watch others' experiences before deciding to take precautions to protect your kin and kith from COVID-19. Until those became martyrs, you were willing to put your wellness to the hands of a tiny virus you thought had virtually no existence. Why did we not know that a virus has the potential to cause an infectious, morbid, and deadly global pandemic in a globally connected world, bringing even the wealthiest of nations to a standstill? Was it because such an eventuality was not knowable through the systems of knowing we had, such as the scientific knowledge? Or did we create the uncertainty due to the certainty we felt in our supernatural intellectual and physical endowments? India has become a classic case study. India was an early mover in creating mass awareness about the need for diligence and had one of the lowest infectivity and mortality in 2020. It led to a theory that people of India have an innate immunity because of the impoverished conditions. In 2021, this theoretical consciousness became the cause for falsifying the theory that made people lax to the self-evident risk in their backyard. Review Quotes A unique, introspective analysis of the nature of the human mind and our ability to perceive the world around us, make decisions and engage in critical thinking, and, overall, an investigation into what truly makes us ‘aware.’ In essence, how do humans use their conscious minds and thoughts to fill the “void.” – Megan Weiss @ ReaderViews One thing I especially enjoyed about Gupta’s “What is Consciousness?” was how he envisioned multiple different types of consciousness. Throughout the book, he brushes upon para-consciousness, absolute consciousness, cultural consciousness, scientific consciousness, metaphysical consciousness, immanent consciousness, and many more realms of the human psyche. – Megan Weiss @ ReaderViews “What is Consciousness” is definitely not a light, quick read. I would find myself reading along, getting sucked into Gupta’s almost fantastical, story-teller like tone, while at the same time having to constantly think about the words I was taking in, because I wanted to make sure that I was getting the main message of the book, and understanding the words correctly. – Megan Weiss @ ReaderViews I have not read many books on the subject that are up to this caliber of research and detail. It is clear that “What is Consciousness?” includes material that was heavily researched and analyzed prior to the author putting pen to paper. Therefore, the slightly tedious air of the book actually seems fitting. – Megan Weiss @ ReaderViews “What Is Consciousness?” is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about the capabilities of the human mind, and how there is so much we do not know about what it can do, partly due to unconscious limitations placed upon ourselves by our own thoughts and ideas and partly due to the fact that science simply hasn’t advanced quite that far yet. – Megan Weiss @ ReaderViews This series presents an astounding amount of information on complex topics that help condition us as sentient beings. Readers, especially those with an interest in science, cultural wisdom and metaphysics will quickly find themselves immersed in this engrossing series. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews This work explores the different aspects that go into creating our consciousness. The discourse points to the benefit of the readers focusing their energy on channeling their consciousness into being their individual self, rather than exchanging their consciousness with either animate or inanimate entities. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews There are some fascinating discussions that involve comparing how animate and inanimate entities can influence our consciousness. When we are alive, we are animate entities, and after death we become inanimate ones, yet either way, we still have roles and still seek to fulfill them. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews I enjoyed being able to receive information about consciousness that comes from multiple sources, including ancient wisdom. I find it fascinating and refreshing to be able to read about different topics that might touch scientific theories such as those derived from quantum mechanics, such as the Boson particle, or those derived from ancient eastern religions. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews I realized that I do need to focus my energy on what I allow to come into my consciousness because this has a direct impact on my reality. I will be working on setting stronger boundaries around what I will accept. I also found it interesting to read about the idea that our consciousness doesn’t end when we die. It changes, but it doesn’t end. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews “What is Consciousness,” would make a fascinating selection for some type of reader’s group, such as a college STEM club or for an organization like IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences). I would love to sit in on one of these discussions because it would be fascinating to hear the impact that this book has had on others. – Paige Lovitt @ReaderViews

Pragmatic Humanism Revisited

Pragmatic Humanism Revisited Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ana Honnacker
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3030024415
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How can we feel at home in this world without clinging to false certainties? This book offers a humanist re-reading of philosophical pragmatism and explores its potentials for a worldview that relies only on human resources. Thinking along with authors like William James and F.C.S. Schiller, it highlights a fundamentally humanist strand of pragmatism aimed at fostering human creativity and transformative action. It is grounded in everyday experience and underlines our responsibility to strive for the better. Ana Honnacker traces perspectives on science, religion, and ethics in the light of a pragmatic understanding of humanism. Furthermore, she suggests how to address the existential challenges we face today. Thus, pragmatic humanism is explored not only as a philosophy for critical minds, but also as a way of life.

The Mind of Consciousness

The Mind of Consciousness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ray Morose
Editor: Books by Ray Morose
ISBN: 098721392X
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The Mind of Consciousness The Mind of Consciousness is a book unfolding a new way, with new process methods to evaluate your existence. It is an experiential work written in textbook format that analytically delineates how and why consciousness and mind interface and function, exposing the inter-connective dependency of non-biological consciousness and the biologically created mind. Knowing how that interconnectivity interrelates provides avenues of exploration that reveal the fundamental nature of existence, unveiling an innate purpose and direction embedded within consciousness. This book works through all the major questions of existence, using reproducible and experiential logic, allowing everyone to experience the results of that exploration. Throughout your life you have two realities at war with one another: the primary ‘I am’ reality, formed from non-biological consciousness, and the secondary ‘I am this or that’ reality, formed by the biological mind. You may not be aware of, or even appreciate, the internal conflict these two inter-connective and inter-dependent realities create. However, you experience the resultant turmoil and confusion their subliminal battles establish by not having an experiential appreciation of how those realities are formed, function and potentially control your life. The text delineates causation for those ongoing internal battles and outlines processes to help overcome the sense of frustration, isolation and discord they generate. This experiential method of examination creates empirical processes that afford you the opportunity to make an informed choice, rather than a conditioned reaction: providing a more secure, productive, directional and enjoyable life. This book takes you into the core of your being, turning it inside out, exposing who and what you are by revealing a self-created shadow-world controlling your life without you being aware that control exists.

Social Movement Organizations

Social Movement Organizations Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Lofland
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351490036
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The authorative and richly detailed handbook is divided into three parts: (1) procedures for studying SMOs; (2) propositions or generalizations about them; and (3) perspectives or wider considerations relating to them. Included are discussions of such basic questions as: What causes SMOs and why do people join them? What are the beliefs and practices of SMOs? What effect do SMOs have, and what are the social reactions to them?

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sabrina Hassumani
Editor: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838639344
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His impulse, instead, is to deconstruct the colonizer/colonized binary and in doing so attempt to clear a "new" postmodern space."--BOOK JACKET.

Super Brain

Super Brain Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.,Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Editor: Harmony
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Super Brain by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.,Deepak Chopra, M.D. Summary

A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: bestselling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential. In contrast to the “baseline brain” that fulfills the tasks of everyday life, Chopra and Tanzi propose that, through a person’s increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its present limitations. “We are living in a golden age for brain research, but is this a golden age for your brain?” they ask. Super Brain explains how it can be, by combining cutting-edge research and spiritual insights, demolishing the five most widespread myths about the brain that limit your potential, and then showing you methods to: -Use your brain instead of letting it use you -Create the ideal lifestyle for a healthy brain -Reduce the risks of aging -Promote happiness and well-being through the mind-body connection -Access the enlightened brain, the gateway to freedom and bliss -Overcome the most common challenges, such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and obesity Your brain is capable of incredible healing and constant reshaping. Through a new relationship with your brain you can transform your life. In Super Brain, Chopra and Tanzi guide you on a fascinating journey that envisions a leap in human evolution. The brain is not just the greatest gift that Nature has given us. It’s the gateway to an unlimited future that you can begin to live today.

The Source-code of Existence

The Source-code of Existence Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ray Morose
Editor: Books by Ray Morose
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The Source-code of Existence Does a non-material entity, referred to as God, exist? Yes. Is it possible to logically confirm that assertion? Yes. Is a personal connection to that entity possible? Absolutely. A belief that a personal connection to the Source-of-Creation is not possible, because no such entity exists, is itself a belief and that disbelief is an unequivocal obstruction to the connection. The disbelievers create their own barrier but what about believers, as they also appear unable to confirm their belief. Their belief may have validity; however, they attempt to constrain faith within their belief. The containment is an obstacle, potentially preventing the very thing they are attempting to experience. A personal connection to the Source-of-Existence is not hiding. You are born with all the necessary tools to construct that connection. However, you may never have been afforded the learning opportunity to know how to use those tools appropriately. The intent of this book is to demonstrate their correct use, and provide a map, giving the location of where to initiate your search. Using that directional information is your responsibility. An intellectual appreciation of that connective process unveils how the ‘I’, that you refer to yourself as, arises and sets about creating mind ‘objects’ and patterns that eventually control the very entity that created them. It is insidious entrapment as the assumed independence of the ‘I’ is a fiction. The ‘I’ is real as it is one-half of your ‘I am’, but its independence is fictional. The missing ‘am’ maintains the artificiality that will plague the remainder of your life. The fictional ‘I’ deceives itself by not being aware of the prison it has self-created, by that assumed independence, that is maintained by the artificially severed ‘am’. Escaping that entrapment is the core of this book. The Source-code of Existence has been formed from the book The Mind of Consciousness, which was written in an academic format. This book contains all essential elements of the academic version but written in an easy to read uncomplicated format, requiring no special or advanced knowledge in order to appreciate and assimilate its content. All earlier works, The Heart of Silence, Presence, Resolution Psychology, and The Source-code of Consciousness can be regarded as a work-in-progress. ‘An experiential journeyless-journey into the core of existence’

How Fantasy Becomes Reality

How Fantasy Becomes Reality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Karen E. Dill-Shackleford
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190239301
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From smartphones to social media, from streaming videos to fitness bands, our devices bring us information and entertainment all day long, forming an intimate part of our lives. Their ubiquity represents a major shift in human experience, and although we often hold our devices dear, we do not always fully appreciate how their nearly constant presence can influence our lives for better and for worse. In this revised and expanded edition of How Fantasy Becomes Reality, social psychologist Karen E. Dill-Shackleford explains what the latest science tells us about how our devices influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In engaging, conversational prose, she discusses both the benefits and the risks that come with our current level of media saturation. The wide-ranging conversation explores Avatar, Mad Men, Grand Theft Auto, and Comic Con to address critical issues such as media violence, portrayals of social groups, political coverage, and fandom. Her conclusions will empower readers to make our favorite sources of entertainment and information work for us and not against us.

The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes

The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Donald Hoffman
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393254704
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Can we trust our senses to tell us the truth? Challenging leading scientific theories that claim that our senses report back objective reality, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman argues that while we should take our perceptions seriously, we should not take them literally. How can it be possible that the world we see is not objective reality? And how can our senses be useful if they are not communicating the truth? Hoffman grapples with these questions and more over the course of this eye-opening work. Ever since Homo sapiens has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. We observe a speeding car and do not walk in front of it; we see mold growing on bread and do not eat it. These impressions, though, are not objective reality. Just like a file icon on a desktop screen is a useful symbol rather than a genuine representation of what a computer file looks like, the objects we see every day are merely icons, allowing us to navigate the world safely and with ease. The real-world implications for this discovery are huge. From examining why fashion designers create clothes that give the illusion of a more “attractive” body shape to studying how companies use color to elicit specific emotions in consumers, and even dismantling the very notion that spacetime is objective reality, The Case Against Reality dares us to question everything we thought we knew about the world we see.

The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Donald,Michael Renov
Editor: SAGE
ISBN: 1446206823
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Written by a team of veteran scholars and exciting emerging talents, The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies maps the field internationally, drawing out regional differences in the way that systematic intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been translated into an academic discipline. It examines the conversations between Film Studies and its contributory disciplines that not only defined a new field of discourse but also modified existing scholarly traditions. It reflects on the field's dominant paradigms and debates and evaluates their continuing salience. Finally, it looks forward optimistically to the future of the medium of film, the institution of cinema and the discipline of Film Studies at a time when the very existence of film and cinema are being called into question by new technological, industrial and aesthetic developments.

Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon

Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stan Hawkins,Sarah Niblock
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317075943
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The career of the prolific pop artist Prince has become inextricably intertwined with the history of popular music since the late 1970s. This multi-instrumental icon, who remains one of the highest-grossing live performers in America, has been called a genius for his musicianship, composition and incredible performances. But Prince holds iconic status for more than his music. Best known for his racial blurring and extravagant sexual persona, Prince's music and visual iconography has always chimed with the ambiguity of subjectivity at any given moment. 'Prince' the sign offers a space for fans to evaluate and reconfigure their attitudes towards their own identities, and towards their position as subjects within the socio-cultural sphere. This much-needed interdisciplinary analysis is the first of its kind to examine critically Prince's popular music, performances, sounds, lyrics and the plethora of accompanying visual material such as album covers, posters, fashions, promotional videos and feature films. Specifically, the book explores how and why he has played such a profoundly meaningful and significant role in his fans' lives.

Forever Pursuing Genesis

Forever Pursuing Genesis Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Leonard Mustazza
Editor: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838751763
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The title of this book, Forever Pursuing Genesis, derives from a statement that Vonnegut once made about the nature of the universe and humankind's place in it. This study applies that statement to the narrative themes that Vonnegut has treated in his career.