The Paradox of Generosity by Christian Smith,Hilary Davidson

The Paradox of Generosity
  • Title : The Paradox of Generosity
  • Author : Christian Smith,Hilary Davidson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199394903
  • Pages : 261
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  • Language : English
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Determining why, when, and to whom people feel compelled to be generous affords invaluable insight into many social practices. Organ donation, gift-giving, the funding of charities, and political views on taxation can all be illuminated by sociological and psychological perspectives on how American adults conceive of and demonstrate generosity. Focusing not only on financial giving but on the many diverse forms philanthropy can take, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson show the deep impact - usually good, sometimes destructive - that giving has on individuals. The Paradox of Generosity is the first study to make use of the cutting-edge empirical data collected in Smith's groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, five-year Science of Generosity Initiative. It draws on an extensive survey of 2,000 Americans, more than sixty in-depth interviews with individuals across twelve states, and nuanced analysis of over 1,000 photographs and other visual materials. This wealth of evidence reveals a consistent link between demonstrating generosity and leading a better life: more generous people are happier, suffer fewer illnesses and injuries, live with a greater sense of purpose, and experience less depression. Smith and Davidson also show, however, that to achieve a better life a person must practice generosity regularly - random acts of kindness are not enough. Offering a wide range of vividly illustrative case studies, this volume will be a crucial resource for anyone seekingto understand the true impact and meaning of generosity.


Book Review: A Book Review of The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, by Christian Smith & Hilary Davidson, (2014), Oxford: Oxford University Press by N.A

Book Review: A Book Review of The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, by Christian Smith & Hilary Davidson, (2014), Oxford: Oxford University Press
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More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger

More or Less
  • Title : More or Less
  • Author : Jeff Shinabarger
  • Publisher : David C Cook
  • ISBN Code : 1434705552
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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In More or Less, Jeff Shinabarger calls readers to create their own social experiments to answer the question, “What is enough?” It all started with one idea: What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? In More or Less, readers will learn how to draw a line of “enough” in their consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. As Shinabarger reminds them, defining “enough” is more than a responsibility—it is an opportunity to give hope. With a foreword by Bob Goff.


Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard,Jim Sheppard

Contagious Generosity
  • Title : Contagious Generosity
  • Author : Chris Willard,Jim Sheppard
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780310893134
  • Pages : 187
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  • Language : English
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Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard offer pastors curious about the conversation of Biblical generosity a look inside the practice and habits of generous church leaders in Contagious Generosity---a roadmap pastors can use to accelerate generosity in his or her community of faith.


American Generosity by Patricia Snell Herzog,Heather E. Price

American Generosity
  • Title : American Generosity
  • Author : Patricia Snell Herzog,Heather E. Price
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190456515
  • Pages : 352
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  • Language : English
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American charitable giving veers from the hyperbolically generous to the hyperbolically stingy. On some days, no one has a quarter to spare; in times of disaster, Americans will put their lives on hold to build houses for those displaced by hurricanes. The crucial question of who gives and why they do it lies at the heart of American Generosity. Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price, sociologists who focus on philanthropy, draw on findings from the groundbreaking Science of Generosity initiative, which combines a nationally representative survey of adult Americans with in-depth interviews and case studies. For most Americans, they find, the important forms of giving are: donating money, volunteering time, and taking political action. Focusing on these three types of activity, the authors go on to examine and analyze multiple dimensions of resources, social status, regional cultural norms, different approaches to giving, social-psychological orientation, and the relational contexts of generosity. Herzog and Price conclude that giving is supported by "circles of generosity," which ripple outward in their reach to targets of giving. The book offers not just analysis, but practical tips for readers who want to increase their own giving, for parents modeling giving to their children, spouses desiring alignment in their giving, and friends and community members seeking to support giving by others. The authors also provide explicit fundraising ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and religious leaders. Thought-provoking and accessibly written, American Generosity lays out a broad yet nuanced explanation of giving that sheds important new light on a topic that touches all of us in one way or another.


Giving Is the Good Life by Randy Alcorn

Giving Is the Good Life
  • Title : Giving Is the Good Life
  • Author : Randy Alcorn
  • Publisher : Tyndale Kids
  • ISBN Code : 1496425936
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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A bestselling author teaches life-changing biblical principles of generosity and tells stories of people who have put those radical principles into practice. Each story is a practical application that can help stimulate imagination and expand dreams of serving Jesus in fresh ways.


I Like Giving by Brad Formsma

I Like Giving
  • Title : I Like Giving
  • Author : Brad Formsma
  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • ISBN Code : 1601425767
  • Pages : 224
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  • Language : English
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Rich with inspiring stories and practical suggestions, I Like Giving will help you create a lifestyle of generosity. Choosing to live a generous life can transform you and the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes your own idea, not something you do out of duty or obligation. When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you’ll realize you’re not only loving life more, you’re also creating a more generous world— a better world for all of us. Inside you’ll find tips about: • Thinking of giving as something you get to do, not something you have to do. • How to raise kids with a sensitivity to others’ needs. • Making a difference without being a millionaire. • Practical ideas for ways to give to people around you every day. I Like Giving shows you how to experience the joy of giving because we all have something to give. Beyond money or things, giving can be a listening ear, a touch, or simply the gift of time. Giving is living.


Living in Happiness in a Complex World by Charles P. Nemeth

Living in Happiness in a Complex World
  • Title : Living in Happiness in a Complex World
  • Author : Charles P. Nemeth
  • Publisher : Anthem Press
  • ISBN Code : 1785272578
  • Pages : 250
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  • Language : English
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In “Living in Happiness in a Complex World,” Aristotle and Aquinas formulate a dependable and perennial recipe and rule for happiness. Readers can compare and contrast these two approaches to human happiness––that of Aristotle and Aquinas––with more contemporary visions, and then make a final decision on what works and what does not. As a result, readers encounter a series of delineated problems that inevitably lead to either happiness or distress, such as drug and alcohol usage, sexual gratification, sexual promiscuity, marriage or non-marriage, family, natural family planning versus artificial interference, materialism, power and greed to name a few. In the final analysis, the text lays out two versions of how one encounters these problems and attractions and by the use of data, empirical evidence about the “current” state of social conditions, give life to a classical vision for human happiness.


Back Pocket God by Melinda Lundquist Denton,Richard Flory

Back Pocket God
  • Title : Back Pocket God
  • Author : Melinda Lundquist Denton,Richard Flory
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190064781
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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"What do the religious and spiritual lives of American young people look like as they reach their mid-to-late twenties, enter the full-time job market, and start families? In Back Pocket God, Melinda Lundquist Denton and Richard Flory provide a look beyond conflicting stories that argue that emerging adults are either overwhelmingly leaving religion, or that they are earnest spiritual seekers maintaining a significant place in their lives for religion. Denton and Flory show that while the dominant trend among young people is a move away from religious beliefs and institutions, there is also a parallel trend in which a small, religiously committed group of emerging adults claim faith as an important fixture in their lives. Yet, whether religiously committed or not, emerging adults are increasingly personalizing, customizing and compartmentalizing religion in ways that suit their idiosyncratic desires. For emerging adults, God has become increasingly remote yet is highly personalized to meet their particular needs. In the process, they have transformed their conception of God from a powerful being or force that exists "out there" to their own personal Pocket God--a God that they can carry around with them, but that exerts little power or influence in their daily lives. God functions, in a sense, like a smartphone app-readily accessible, easy to control, and useful but only for limited purposes. Back Pocket God shows the changing relationship between emerging adults and religion, providing a window into the future of religion and more broadly, American culture"--


Passing the Plate by Christian Smith,Michael O Emerson,Patricia Snell

Passing the Plate
  • Title : Passing the Plate
  • Author : Christian Smith,Michael O Emerson,Patricia Snell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199887551
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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Passing the Plate shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes. This eye-opening book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve matters. By illuminating the social and psychological forces that shape charitable giving, Passing the Plate is sure to spark a much-needed debate on a critical issue.


The Paradox of Power by David C. Gompert,National Defense University (U S ),Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (U S)

The Paradox of Power
  • Title : The Paradox of Power
  • Author : David C. Gompert,National Defense University (U S ),Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (U S)
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • ISBN Code : 9780160915734
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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This book confronts the paradox that as power grows, so can vulnerability. The basic reason for this is that the same factors that produce modern power –technological advancement and economic integration – also increase exposure to risk. The book suggests a way to mitigate U.S. and Chinese strategic vulnerabilities to each other. It is written from an American perspective, with U.S. interests foremost in mind. It ‘s core idea is that mutual strategic vulnerability calls for mutual strategic restraint. Testimonials: In an era where the development of new technologies threatens to outstrip strategic doctrine, David Gompert and Phil Saunders offer a searching mediation on issues at the forefront of security. Policymakers on both sides of the Pacific will find much to consider iin this timely and important book” –Henry Kissinger “In this book, David Gompert and Phil Saunders make an important contribution to American strategic thinking and to the future of U.S.-China relations. Grounded in the international experience in nuclear deterrence yet fresh and novel, their recommendations for mutual strategic restraint in space and cyber relationships between the two countries are deep and compelling. Gompert and Saunders take a new look and come up with a practical way forward in areas that are difficult, important, sensationalized and little understood. Both interested citizens and government specialists and policymakers will benefit from their work.” –ADM Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.) former Director of National Intelligence and commander, U.S. Pacific Command


Radical Generosity by M. J. Ryan

Radical Generosity
  • Title : Radical Generosity
  • Author : M. J. Ryan
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • ISBN Code : 1633410986
  • Pages : 192
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  • Language : English
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The bestselling author of Attitudes of Gratitude offers practical advice and inspiring insights into the joys of living generously. The more we appreciate our lives, the more we want to give to others. In Radical Generosity, M. J. Ryan encourages readers to stop giving from what she calls “the ledger sheet mentality” of obligatory gifting and to start giving from the overflow of a loving heart. In Attitudes of Gratitude, M. J. Ryan taught us the inner work of realizing the many blessings we take for granted. Now, in Radical Generosity, she challenges us to find the joy and fulfillment that comes from sharing those blessings with others. Ryan explores what creates generosity, what blocks it, and what practicing it can bring to our lives. She asks us to consider where we are stingy, as well as where we are meant to give. And she reminds us that the giving of time, energy, kind words, loving gestures, and forgiveness may matter more than any amount of money. In her down-to-earth, accessible style, Ryan takes us to the heart of what it means to truly give and shows us how we can experience joy, peace, and fulfillment when we live from a place of generosity.


Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics
  • Title : Sacred Economics
  • Author : Charles Eisenstein
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN Code : 1583943986
  • Pages : 496
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  • Language : English
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Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. This book is about how the money system will have to change—and is already changing—to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. Author Charles Eisenstein also considers the personal dimensions of this transition, speaking to those concerned with "right livelihood" and how to live according to their ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money. Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, Sacred Economics presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen. Sacred Economics official website: http://sacred-economics.com/


Moral, Believing Animals by Christian Smith

Moral, Believing Animals
  • Title : Moral, Believing Animals
  • Author : Christian Smith
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199883025
  • Pages : 172
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  • Language : English
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What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? In Moral, Believing Animals, Christian Smith advances a creative theory of human persons and culture that offers innovative, challenging answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious theory. Smith suggests that human beings have a peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly from other animals on this planet. Despite the vast differences in humanity between cultures and across history, no matter how differently people narrate their lives and histories, there remains an underlying structure of human personhood that helps to order human culture, history, and narration. Drawing on important recent insights in moral philosophy, epistemology, and narrative studies, Smith argues that humans are animals who have an inescapable moral and spiritual dimension. They cannot avoid a fundamental moral orientation in life and this, says Smith, has profound consequences for how sociology must study human beings.


Lost in Transition by Christian Smith,Kari Christoffersen,Hilary Davidson,Patricia Snell Herzog

Lost in Transition
  • Title : Lost in Transition
  • Author : Christian Smith,Kari Christoffersen,Hilary Davidson,Patricia Snell Herzog
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199828024
  • Pages : 284
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  • Language : English
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In Lost in Transition, Christian Smith and his collaborators draw on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages 18-23) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficulties, and the consequences both for individuals and for American society as a whole. --from publisher description.


The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard

The Generosity Factor
  • Title : The Generosity Factor
  • Author : Ken Blanchard
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • ISBN Code : 0310317878
  • Pages : 128
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  • Language : English
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In the tradition of the bestselling book The One Minute Manager®, authors Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy, entrepreneur and founder of Chic-fil-A® restaurants, present this Ebook of The Generosity FactorTM—a parable that demonstrates the virtues of generosity.It’s the story of a meeting between the Broker—a young man on his way up the corporate ladder who has the illusion of success, yet deep inside feels insignificant—and the Executive—the CEO of a very large and successful company who claims the greatest joy in his life is his ability to give to others.Thinking he might get a competitive edge by meeting with the Executive, the Broker’s worldview is turned upside down as he talks to the Executive and hears the principles that form his life. He calls it The Generosity FactorTM—a way to give time, talent, treasure, and touch to those in need.Providing a unique twist on what it means to thrive in business, at home, and in life, this story will forever change your definition of success.


Just a Dog by Arnold Arluke

Just a Dog
  • Title : Just a Dog
  • Author : Arnold Arluke
  • Publisher : Temple University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781592134731
  • Pages : 231
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  • Language : English
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How can we make sense of acts of cruelty towards animals?


The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

The Art of Loving
  • Title : The Art of Loving
  • Author : Erich Fromm
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 0826412602
  • Pages : 130
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  • Language : English
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Renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm has helped generations of men and women achieve rich and productive lives by developing their capacity to love. This centennial edition of his most enduring work salutes the valuable lessons that are Fromm's legacy.


Heirpower! by Bob Vásquez

Heirpower!
  • Title : Heirpower!
  • Author : Bob Vásquez
  • Publisher : DIANE Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 143791277X
  • Pages : 93
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  • Language : English
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Time and Narrative by Paul Ricoeur

Time and Narrative
  • Title : Time and Narrative
  • Author : Paul Ricoeur
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN Code : 0226713512
  • Pages : 281
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  • Language : English
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Time and Narrative builds on Paul Ricoeur's earlier analysis, in The Rule of Metaphor, of semantic innovation at the level of the sentence. Ricoeur here examines the creation of meaning at the textual level, with narrative rather than metaphor as the ruling concern. Ricoeur finds a "healthy circle" between time and narrative: time is humanized to the extent that it portrays temporal experience. Ricoeur proposes a theoretical model of this circle using Augustine's theory of time and Aristotle's theory of plot and, further, develops an original thesis of the mimetic function of narrative. He concludes with a comprehensive survey and critique of modern discussions of historical knowledge, understanding, and writing from Aron and Mandelbaum in the late 1930s to the work of the Annales school and that of Anglophone philosophers of history of the 1960s and 1970s. "This work, in my view, puts the whole problem of narrative, not to mention philosophy of history, on a new and higher plane of discussion."—Hayden White, History and Theory "Superb. . . . A fine point of entrance into the work of one of the eminent thinkers of the present intellectual age."—Joseph R. Gusfield, Contemporary Sociology


The Freshman who Hated Socrates by Tom Gerety

The Freshman who Hated Socrates
  • Title : The Freshman who Hated Socrates
  • Author : Tom Gerety
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 248
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  • Language : English
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In fourteen years as a college president-first at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and then for nine years at Amherst-Tom Gerety taught and worked with some of the nation's finest under-graduate students. During this time he also had an opportunity to regularly address these students, and thousands of others, through public speeches on topics of national, institutional and personal interest. This book collects nearly three dozen of these speeches-on topics ranging from teaching to residential life, from Shakespeare to the liberal arts, from war to love, and loss. Together, these essays offer insight into one of our nation's leading college presidents, and into the lives of American college students.


What Is a Person? by Christian Smith

What Is a Person?
  • Title : What Is a Person?
  • Author : Christian Smith
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780226765938
  • Pages : 544
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  • Language : English
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What is a person? This fundamental question is a perennial concern of philosophers and theologians. But, Christian Smith here argues, it also lies at the center of the social scientist’s quest to interpret and explain social life. In this ambitious book, Smith presents a new model for social theory that does justice to the best of our humanistic visions of people, life, and society. Finding much current thinking on personhood to be confusing or misleading, Smith finds inspiration in critical realism and personalism. Drawing on these ideas, he constructs a theory of personhood that forges a middle path between the extremes of positivist science and relativism. Smith then builds on the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and William Sewell to demonstrate the importance of personhood to our understanding of social structures. From there he broadens his scope to consider how we can know what is good in personal and social life and what sociology can tell us about human rights and dignity. Innovative, critical, and constructive, What Is a Person? offers an inspiring vision of a social science committed to pursuing causal explanations, interpretive understanding, and general knowledge in the service of truth and the moral good.


Mathematical Demography by D. Smith,Nathan Keyfitz

Mathematical Demography
  • Title : Mathematical Demography
  • Author : D. Smith,Nathan Keyfitz
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 3642810462
  • Pages : 514
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  • Language : English
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This volume is an effort to bring together important contributions to the mathe matical development of demography and to suggest briefly their historical context. We have tried to find who first thought of the several concepts and devices commonly used by demographers, what sort of problem he was facing to which the device or concept seemed the solution, and how his invention developed subsequently in the hands of others. Historically, the book starts with a Roman table of life expectancies from the third century a. d. about which we know little, and with John Graunt's explora tions in an area that was still popularly suspect when he wrote in 1662. These are followed by the astronomer Halley, who looked into the field long enough to invent the life table and to notice that Their Majesties would take a sizeable loss on the annuity scheme they had just launched; and by Euler, who was first to devise the formulas of stable population theory and to apply them to filling gaps in data To these we add the handful of further contributions in the 19th century and many pieces from the explosion of contributions that began in this century with Lotka. We doubt that we have managed to trace everything back to its ultimate beginning, and suspect that our nominees in some cases have been anticipated by predecessors who will be turned up by other students.


Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future by Edgar Morin

Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future
  • Title : Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future
  • Author : Edgar Morin
  • Publisher : UNESCO
  • ISBN Code : 9231037781
  • Pages : 95
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  • Language : English
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Examines fundamental problems often overlooked or neglected in education. These problems are presented as "seven complex lessons" that should be covered in an education of the future in all societies in every culture, according to means and rules appropriate to those societies and cultures.


The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins

The Extended Phenotype
  • Title : The Extended Phenotype
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198788916
  • Pages : 496
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  • Language : English
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In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins crystallized the gene's eye view of evolution developed by W.D. Hamilton and others. The book provoked widespread and heated debate. Written in part as a response, The Extended Phenotype gave a deeper clarification of the central concept of the gene as theunit of selection; but it did much more besides. In it, Dawkins extended the gene's eye view to argue that the genes that sit within an organism have an influence that reaches out beyond the visible traits in that body - the phenotype - to the wider environment, which can include other individuals.So, for instance, the genes of the beaver drive it to gather twigs to produce the substantial physical structure of a dam; and the genes of the cuckoo chick produce effects that manipulate the behaviour of the host bird, making it nurture the intruder as one of its own. This notion of the extendedphenotype has proved to be highly influential in the way we understand evolution and the natural world. It represents a key scientific contribution to evolutionary biology, and it continues to play an important role in research in the life sciences.The Extended Phenotype is a conceptually deep book that forms important reading for biologists and students. But Dawkins' clear exposition is accessible to all who are prepared to put in a little effort.Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.


Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe by Menas Kafatos

Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe
  • Title : Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe
  • Author : Menas Kafatos
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9401708495
  • Pages : 330
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  • Language : English
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Bell's Theorem and its associated implications for the nature of the physical world remain topics of great interest. For this reason many meetings have been recently held on the interpretation of quantum theory and the implications of Bell's Theorem. Generally these meetings have been held primarily for quantum physicists and philosophers of science who have been or are actively working on the topic. Nevertheless, other philosophers of science, mathematicians, engineers as well as members of the general public have increasingly taken interest in Bell's Theorem and its implications. The Fall Workshop held at George Mason University on October 21 and 22, 1988 and titled "Bell's Theorem, Quantum Theory and Conceptions of the Universe" was of a more general scope. Not only it attracted experts in the field, it also covered other topics such as the implications of quantum non-locality for the nature of consciousness, cosmology, the anthropic principle, etc. topics usually not covered in previous meetings of this kind. The meeting was attended by more than one hundred ten specialists and other interested people from all over the world. The purpose of the meeting was not to provide a definitive answer to the general questions raised by Bell's Theorem. It is likely that the debate will go on for quite a long time. Rather, it was meant to contribute to the important dialogue between different disciplines.


The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Title : The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Author : Rolf Dobelli
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • ISBN Code : 0062359800
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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Have you ever . . . Invested time in something that, in hindsight, just wasn't worth it? Paid too much in an eBay auction? Continued to do something you knew was bad for you? Sold stocks too late, or too early? Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances? Backed the wrong horse? These are examples of what the author calls cognitive biases, simple errors all of us make in day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to identify them, we can avoid them and make better choices: whether in dealing with personal problems or business negotiations, trying to save money or earn profits, or merely working out what we really want in life—and strategizing the best way to get it. Already an international bestseller, The Art of Thinking Clearly distills cutting-edge research from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience into a clever, practical guide for anyone who's ever wanted to be wiser and make better decisions. A novelist, thinker, and entrepreneur, Rolf Dobelli deftly shows that in order to lead happier, more prosperous lives, we don't need extra cunning, new ideas, shiny gadgets, or more frantic hyperactivity—all we need is less irrationality. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision making—at work, at home, every day. From why you shouldn't accept a free drink to why you should walk out of a movie you don't like, from why it's so hard to predict the future to why you shouldn't watch the news, The Art of Thinking Clearly helps solve the puzzle of human reasoning.


The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

The Nicomachean Ethics
  • Title : The Nicomachean Ethics
  • Author : Aristotle
  • Publisher : Wordsworth Editions
  • ISBN Code : 9781853264610
  • Pages : 287
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  • Language : English
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This work contains Artistotle's views on what makes a good human life. It has served as an influence on the history of ideas and offers insights into the human condition.


Genius of Generosity Book: Lessons from a Secret Pact Between Two Friends by Chip Ingram,Chris Tiegreen

Genius of Generosity Book: Lessons from a Secret Pact Between Two Friends
  • Title : Genius of Generosity Book: Lessons from a Secret Pact Between Two Friends
  • Author : Chip Ingram,Chris Tiegreen
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780615416182
  • Pages : 99
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  • Language : English
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Flunking Sainthood by Jana Reiss

Flunking Sainthood
  • Title : Flunking Sainthood
  • Author : Jana Reiss
  • Publisher : Paraclete Press
  • ISBN Code : 1612610331
  • Pages : 192
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This wry memoir tackles twelve different spiritual practices in a quest to become more saintly, including fasting, fixed-hour prayer, the Jesus Prayer, gratitude, Sabbath-keeping, and generosity. Although Reiss begins with great plans for success ("Really, how hard could that be?" she asks blithely at the start of her saint-making year), she finds to her growing humiliation that she is failing - not just at some of the practices, but at every single one. What emerges is a funny yet vulnerable story of the quest for spiritual perfection and the reality of spiritual failure, which turns out to be a valuable practice in and of itself.


Money by Felix Martin

Money
  • Title : Money
  • Author : Felix Martin
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • ISBN Code : 0385678681
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand how our economic system really works, what has gone wrong with it, and what we can do to fix it. What is money and how does it work? The conventional answer is that once upon a time people exchanged what they produced for what they wanted--cod in Newfoundland, sugar in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia--and that today's financial universe evolved from barter. But there is a problem with this story. It's wrong. And dangerous. Putting the record straight, Money: The Unauthorised Biography draws on stories from around the world and throughout history, from the primitive tribe using as cash an enormous underwater stone wheel to the credits used by modern-day babysitting circles, taking in along the way spendthrift Dauphins, sixteenth-century vampire squid, rituals of sacrificial feasts in Ancient Greece, and the credit crisis in Ancient Rome (an eerie pre-echo of recent events). In wonderfully witty and lucid style Felix Martin unfolds this panoramic secret history and explains the truth about money: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works. His absorbing account will rearrange your understanding of the world and show how money can once again become the most powerful force for good. By misunderstanding money we have become its slaves. This book sets us straight in order to set us free.


Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy by Anoop Gupta

Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy
  • Title : Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy
  • Author : Anoop Gupta
  • Publisher : University of Ottawa Press
  • ISBN Code : 077661861X
  • Pages : 142
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy, Anoop Gupta develops an original theory of the self based on Kierkegaard's writings. Gupta proceeds by historical exegesis and considers several important ways of thinking about self outside of the natural sciences. His study moves theories of the self from theology toward sociology, from a God-relationship to a social one, and illustrates how a loss in theological underpinnings partly contributes to the rise in the popularity of cultural relativism. By drawing on Kierkegaard's writings, Gupta develops a metaphysical account of the self that provides an alternative to the idea that there is no such thing as human nature. Keywords: Kierkegaard; Philosophy; Theory of self; Metaphysics; Theology; Sociology


Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World
  • Title : Sophie's World
  • Author : Jostein Gaarder
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 0297864076
  • Pages : 448
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The international bestseller about life, the universe and everything. When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.


Last Best Gifts by Kieran Healy

Last Best Gifts
  • Title : Last Best Gifts
  • Author : Kieran Healy
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN Code : 0226322386
  • Pages : 200
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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More than any other altruistic gesture, blood and organ donation exemplifies the true spirit of self-sacrifice. Donors literally give of themselves for no reward so that the life of an individual—often anonymous—may be spared. But as the demand for blood and organs has grown, the value of a system that depends solely on gifts has been called into question, and the possibility has surfaced that donors might be supplemented or replaced by paid suppliers. Last Best Gifts offers a fresh perspective on this ethical dilemma by examining the social organization of blood and organ donation in Europe and the United States. Gifts of blood and organs are not given everywhere in the same way or to the same extent—contrasts that allow Kieran Healy to uncover the pivotal role that institutions play in fashioning the contexts for donations. Procurement organizations, he shows, sustain altruism by providing opportunities to give and by producing public accounts of what giving means. In the end, Healy suggests, successful systems rest on the fairness of the exchange, rather than the purity of a donor’s altruism or the size of a financial incentive.


Souls in Transition by Christian Smith,Patricia Snell

Souls in Transition
  • Title : Souls in Transition
  • Author : Christian Smith,Patricia Snell
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0195371798
  • Pages : 355
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Based on candid interviews with thousands of young people tracked over a five-year period, this book reveals how the religious practices of the teenagers portrayed in Soul Searching have been strengthened, challenged, and often changed as they have moved into adulthood.


Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor

Walking the Talk
  • Title : Walking the Talk
  • Author : Carolyn Taylor
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 1473535859
  • Pages : 416
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A new, fully revised edition. The culture of an organisation can mean the difference between success and failure. Leaders cast long shadows, and if you want to change the culture you have to walk the talk. This book shows you how. Walking the Talk covers everything from measuring corporate culture to changing people's behaviour (including your own) and describes in detail six archetypes of company culture: Achievement, Customer-Centric, One-Team, Innovative, People-First and Greater-Good. Packed with fascinating examples and case histories, and drawing extensively on Carolyn Taylor's twenty years' experience of building great cultures, it will give you the confidence to build a culture of success in your own organisation.


Letters to Future Generations by Unesco

Letters to Future Generations
  • Title : Letters to Future Generations
  • Author : Unesco
  • Publisher : UNESCO
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 171
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Upon the invitation by Federico Mayor, personalities from all over the world address a letter to the future generations and formulate ideas they feel essential in the fields of education, science and culture for a culture of peace. Among them, Kofi Annan, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Danielle Mitterand.


The Book of the Courtier by conte Baldassarre Castiglione,Virginia Cox

The Book of the Courtier
  • Title : The Book of the Courtier
  • Author : conte Baldassarre Castiglione,Virginia Cox
  • Publisher : Everyman\'s Classic Library in Paperback
  • ISBN Code : 9780460875028
  • Pages : 426
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

English translation (1561) of the 1528 text which portrays Renaissance court society in Italy


Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith Dr William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology University of Notre Dame,Candidate University of North Carolina Melina Lundquist Denton Ph.D, Chapel Hill USA

Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
  • Title : Soul Searching : The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
  • Author : Christian Smith Dr William R Kenan Jr Professor of Sociology University of Notre Dame,Candidate University of North Carolina Melina Lundquist Denton Ph.D, Chapel Hill USA
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198039972
  • Pages : 368
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In innumerable discussions and activities dedicated to better understanding and helping teenagers, one aspect of teenage life is curiously overlooked. Very few such efforts pay serious attention to the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of American adolescents. But many teenagers are very involved in religion. Surveys reveal that 35% attend religious services weekly and another 15% attend at least monthly. 60% say that religious faith is important in their lives. 40% report that they pray daily. 25% say that they have been "born again." Teenagers feel good about the congregations they belong to. Some say that faith provides them with guidance and resources for knowing how to live well. What is going on in the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers? What do they actually believe? What religious practices do they engage in? Do they expect to remain loyal to the faith of their parents? Or are they abandoning traditional religious institutions in search of a new, more authentic "spirituality"? This book attempts to answer these and related questions as definitively as possible. It reports the findings of The National Study of Youth and Religion, the largest and most detailed such study ever undertaken. The NYSR conducted a nationwide telephone survey of teens and significant caregivers, as well as nearly 300 in-depth face-to-face interviews with a sample of the population that was surveyed. The results show that religion and spirituality are indeed very significant in the lives of many American teenagers. Among many other discoveries, they find that teenagers are far more influenced by the religious beliefs and practices of their parents and caregivers than commonly thought. They refute the conventional wisdom that teens are "spiritual but not religious." And they confirm that greater religiosity is significantly associated with more positive adolescent life outcomes. This eagerly-awaited volume not only provides an unprecedented understanding of adolescent religion and spirituality but, because teenagers serve as bellwethers for possible future trends, it affords an important and distinctive window through which to observe and assess the current state and future direction of American religion as a whole.


Esau's Tears by Albert S. Lindemann

Esau's Tears
  • Title : Esau's Tears
  • Author : Albert S. Lindemann
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780521795388
  • Pages : 568
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

Tracing the development of modern anti-Semitism from the 1870s to the Nazi takeover, the author maintains that it was less sinister and less influential over the lives of Jews and gentiles than some historians have suggested. UP.