The Empathy Exams: Essays [EPUB]
06 April 2018, 05:54
2014 | EPUB | 2.26MB
From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other?
By confronting pain―real and imagined, her own and others'―Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration―in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.
How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies [EPUB]
27 March 2018, 14:02
2018 | EPUB | 16.1MB
It goes without saying that robots kill. They hunt, swarm, and fire lasers from their eyes. They even beat humans at chess. So who better to stand with us when the real villains arrive?
Movies instruct us that, whether we like it or not, we will one day be under siege by pirates, ninjas, zombies, aliens, and Godzilla. Also great white sharks. And-let's face it-we're not prepared. But with the advice contained in this brilliantly illustrated, ingenious book, you can build your own robot army to fend off hordes of bloodthirsty foes. From common-sense injunctions ("never approach an unfamiliar robot in a militarized zone") to tactical pointers ("low-power radar beats cameras for detecting mummies in a fog-shrouded crypt") to engineering advice ("passive-dynamic exoskeleton suits will increase sprint speeds but not leg strength"), this book contains all the wisdom you'll need to fend off the coming apocalypse.
Witty, informative, and utterly original, How to Build a Robot Army is the ideal book for readers of any age.
Questions for Deep Thinkers: 200+ of the Most Challenging Questions You (Probably) Never Thought to Ask [EPUB]
09 March 2018, 11:43
2018 | EPUB | 1.28MB
Blending philosophy and humor, here are 250 thought-provoking, challenging, and strange questions—from the profound “what is the meaning of life?” to the playful “is a hotdog a sandwich?” and everything in between.
Life is complex, confusing, and weird. But have you ever stopped to think about just how weird the world around you can be?
- Which invention has caused the most unhappiness: fire, the wheel, or the internet?
- If a werewolf landed on the moon, would it touch down as a man or a wolf?
- When sitting at a movie theater, which armrest is yours?
- What’s the most untrustworthy animal?
- Would you rather kiss a person with jellybeans for teeth or a banana for a tongue?
In Questions for Deep Thinkers, you’ll find 250 thought-provoking, challenging, and sometimes completely ridiculous questions that you (probably) never thought to even ask. Perfect for large group parties, hanging out with friends, or if you just want a moment to ponder some of life’s absurdities, this collection of head-scratching “deep questions” will leave you either in an argument or saying, “hmm, I never thought of that…”
Don’t let the world’s most pressing mysteries pass you by!