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The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World
by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips

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English

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223

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February 01, 2020

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<p><b>An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.</b></p><p>There鈥檚 no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It鈥檚 also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers鈥攐r even acquaintances鈥攚hen you can troll them, block them, or just click 鈥淯nfriend鈥?and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it鈥檚 also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy.</p><p>So what does the future look like when something so vital to a peaceful, healthy, and productive society is fading away? The cautionary, yet hopeful, answer is in this champion for an endangered emotion.</p><p>In <i>The Future of Feeling</i>, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation. This book is for anyone interested in how our brains work, how they鈥檙e subtly being rewired to work differently, and what that ultimately means for us as humans.</p>
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Thi...
by , Ola Rosling

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English

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341

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April 03, 2018

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<p>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</p><p><b>鈥淥ne of the most important books I鈥檝e ever read鈥攁n indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.鈥?鈥?Bill Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>鈥淗ans Rosling tells the story of 鈥榯he secret silent miracle of human progress鈥?as only he can. But <i>Factfulness</i> does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.鈥?<i>鈥?lt;/i>Melinda Gates</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>"<i>Factfulness</i> by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama</b><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><b><i>Factfulnes</i>s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. </b></p><p>When asked simple questions about global trends鈥?lt;i>what percentage of the world鈥檚 population live in poverty; why the world鈥檚 population is increasing; how many girls finish school</i>鈥攚e systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.</p><p>In <i>Factfulness</i>, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers <b>a radical new explanation of why this happens</b>. They reveal <b>the ten instincts that distort our perspective</b>鈥攆rom our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of <i>us</i> and <i>them</i>) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). </p><p>Our problem is that we don鈥檛 know what we don鈥檛 know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.</p><p><b>It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.</b> That doesn鈥檛 mean there aren鈥檛 real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. </p><p>Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, <b><i>Factfulness </i>is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. </b></p><p>---</p><p>鈥淭his book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance鈥reviously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn鈥檛 enough. But I hope this book will be.鈥?Hans Rosling, February 2017.</p>
That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly ...
by , Kathryn Petras

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English

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206

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September 04, 2018

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<b>An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Even the most erudite among us use words like apocryphal, facetious, ironic, meteorite, moot, redundant, and unique incorrectly every day. Don鈥檛 be one of them. Using examples of misuse from leading newspapers, prominent public figures and famous writers, among others, language gurus Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras explain how to avoid these perilous pitfalls in the English language. Each entry also includes short histories of how and why these mistake have happened, some of the (often surprisingly nasty) debates about which uses are (and are not) mistakes, and finally, how to use these words correctly 鈥?or why to not use them at all.聽 By the end of this book, every literati will be able to confidently, casually, and correctly toss in an 鈥渁 priori鈥?or a 鈥渓imns鈥?without hesitation.
The Hero
by Lee Child

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English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥業t鈥檚 Lee Child.聽Why would you聽not聽read it?鈥?Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>鈥業 don't know another author so聽skilled聽at making me turn the page鈥?<em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world 鈥?arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we鈥檒l always need heroes.</p>
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Id...
by , Jonathan Haidt

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English

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352

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September 04, 2018

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<b>Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?</b><br /> 聽<br /> First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: what doesn鈥檛 kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths鈥攁nd the resulting culture of safetyism鈥攊s less likely to become an autonomous adult able to navigate the bumpy road of life. <br /> 聽<br /> Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They situate the conflicts on campus in the context of America鈥檚 rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. <br /> 聽<br /> This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.
Think in Systems: The Art of Strategic Planning, Effective Proble...
by Zoe McKey

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English

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267

Publication Date

November 21, 2019

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<h2>Get out of that rut. Find long-term solution to your problems. </h2> <br /><br />We have the best of intentions to improve our conditions, but often our solutions fall short of improving our lives. Our best efforts can result in the opposite of what we want over time. If we apply conventional thinking to complex issues, we often maintain or feed the very problems we want to fix. How to avoid this trap? I will tell you in this book.<br /><br /><i>Think in Systems</i> is a concise information manual offering high-level, strategic problem solving methods for personal and global issues. The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable, everyday manner, helping you to develop the skill top analysts and world leaders use. <br /><br />Your life is a system. Everything that is connected to your system (life) is a part of it. Your town, country, the world, the solar system are all bigger systems you are a part of. These systems are interconnected. Whatever you do will affect the system and whatever the system does will affect your life. Systems can have positive and negative effect on your life 鈥?or on life of people generally. <br /><br />The greatest problems like hunger, war, and poverty are all failures in the system. Similarly, fights with your loved ones, being stuck in a rut at your job are also system failures. They are not only your fault. But they can鈥檛 be fixed with cause-effect thinking. <br /><br />Systems thinking boosts your <b>critical thinking skills, makes you more logical, enhances your analytical abilities, and makes you more creative. </b><br /><br /><br /><br /><h2>"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein</h2><br />鈥earn the main aspects, concepts, and models of systems thinking.<br />鈥?lt;b>Design models and systems maps to solve your problems</b><br />鈥ind solutions to your underlying problems, not just the symptoms<br />鈥?lt;b>Improve your mental health, wealth, and connections</b><br /><br /><u>Learn to use systems thinking in your business, relationships, friendships, and general political, socio-economic, and environmental issues. </u><br /><br />鈥iden your understanding about international economic, political, and socio-economic affairs<br />鈥?lt;b>Manage your business better</b> <br />鈥he most helpful materials, books, and experts to learn even more about systems thinking.<br />鈥?lt;b>Map out a strategic action plan to change your circumstances. Become more patient by understanding the world 鈥?and your place in it 鈥?better. </b><br />鈥hift your focus from the unimportant details and focus on the real issues. <br />鈥?lt;b>Stay a learner. </b><br /><br /><h2>Learn to use systems thinking in your problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning practices today. </h2><br />
Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Geopolitics in the 21st Cent...
by , Clifford G. Gaddy

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English

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520

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February 02, 2015

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<p><b>From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the man at war with the West. </b> Where do Vladimir Putin's ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go?</p><p>The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of the adversary. Today, Vladimir Putin has become the greatest challenge to European security and the global world order in decades. Russia's 8,000 nuclear weapons underscore the huge risks of not understanding who Putin is. 聽 Featuring five new chapters, this new edition dispels potentially dangerous misconceptions about Putin and offers a clear-eyed look at his objectives. It presents Putin as a reflection of deeply ingrained Russian ways of thinking as well as his unique personal background and experience.</p><p></p><p>Praise for the first edition</p><p>If you want to begin to understand Russia today, read this book. 鈥擲ir John Scarlett, former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)</p><p>For anyone wishing to understand Russia's evolution since the breakup of the Soviet Union and its trajectory since then, the book you hold in your hand is an essential guide.鈥擩ohn McLaughlin, former deputy director of U.S. Central Intelligence</p><p>Of the many biographies of Vladimir Putin that have appeared in recent years, this one is the most useful. 鈥擣oreign Affairs</p><p>This is not just another Putin biography. It is a psychological portrait. 鈥擳he Financial Times</p><p>Q: Do you have time to read books? If so, which ones would you recommend? "My goodness, let's see. There's Mr. Putin, by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy. Insightful." 鈥擵ice President Joseph Biden in Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview.</p>
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinder...
by , Brandon J. O'Brien

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English

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241

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July 31, 2012

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<ul class="ivp-award"><li>Bookwi.se's Favorite Books of the Year, Non-Fiction</li></ul><br />What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example:<br /><ul><li>When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to "dress modestly," we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about <em>economic</em> modesty--that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry.</li><li>Some readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying "above himself."</li><li>Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family.</li></ul><br />Biblical scholars Brandon O'Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own crosscultural experience in global mission, O'Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways.<br />Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.
Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 19...
by Eric Marcus

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English

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544

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June 12, 2018

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<p>When <em>Making History</em> was first published in 1992, the acclaimed oral historian Studs Terkel called it, 鈥淥ne of the definitive works on gay life.鈥?聽Novelist Armistead Maupin said that author 鈥淓ric Marcus not only writes with grace and clarity but makes it look so easy鈥攖he ultimate measure of historian and novelist alike.鈥?聽Now, for the first time, the original complete edition of <em>Making History</em> is available in e-book (<em>Making History</em>聽was published in part as聽<em>Making Gay History</em>聽in 2002). 聽</p><p>Through his engaging oral histories, Eric Marcus traces the unfolding of LGBTQ civil rights effort from a group of small, independent underground organizations and publications into a national movement, covering the years from 1945 to 1990. 聽Here are the stories of its remarkable pioneers: 聽a diverse group of nearly fifty Americans, who hail from all corners of the nation. 聽</p><p>From the period in history when homosexuals were routinely beaten by police to the day when gay rights leaders were first invited to the White House, <em>Making History</em> is the story of an against-all-odds struggle that has succeeded in bringing about changes in American society that were once unimaginable.</p>
The Curse: A Shocking True Story of Superstition, Human Sacrifice...
by Ryan Green

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English

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132

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December 09, 2019

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In 1894, Leonarda Cianciulli was born into an abusive household. As a young girl, she attempted suicide twice to rid herself of the misery. After decades of abuse, Leonarda sought stability and married Raffaele Pansardi. Her mother did not approve and conveyed her anger in the strongest possible sense. She cursed the marriage. <br /><br />Leonarda believed that her mother鈥檚 words had power and they haunted her for the rest of her life. Following the curse, Leonarda experienced fits and seizures, was imprisoned for fraud, lost her home to an earthquake, had three miscarriages and lost ten children due to ill health in their youth. Her fears were exacerbated when she visited a Romani fortune teller who informed her, <i>鈥業n one hand I can see prison. In the other, a mental asylum.鈥?lt;/i> <br /><br />In 1939, Leonarda鈥檚 eldest son, Giuseppe, informed her that he was going to join the Army. As one of only four remaining children, she needed to protect him at all costs. She decided that the only way to do that was through the most extreme means 鈥?human sacrifice. <br /><br /><i>The Curse</i> is a chilling account of one of the most brutal and bizarre true crime stories in history. Ryan Green鈥檚 riveting narrative draws the reader into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller.<br /><br /><h6>CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to read any further.</h6><br />

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