Brain Trust [Audiobook]
24 June 2012, 14:15
2012 | MP3@320 kbps | 7 hrs 38 mins | 519.16MB
Blind Them... with SCIENCE!
How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur 'geniuses' and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you'll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?
With this mighty little tome, you can have the next best thing - because Brain Trust is packed with bite-sized scientific wisdom on our everyday challenges, hand-delivered to you direct from the galaxy's biggest brains. Based entirely on interviews with an incredible lineup of luminaries from the fields of neuroscience, economics, anthropology, music, mathematics, and more, Brain Trust is full of cutting-edge science that'll help you see the real world better - and smarter.
- what advanced math can teach you about getting all your chores done today
- how creating a 'future self' can help you shop smarter at the grocery store
- what prairie voles can teach us about love
- how the science of happiness can help you trick lawyers into doing charity work
- the components of gullibility, and how they can help you scam-proof yourself
- the secrets to building your very own army of cyborg beetles
- how memetic information can help you exploit altruism for good...or evil
- why eating for eight hours can help you lose weight
- the behavioral economics behind selling your junk for big bucks on eBay
- how to get more pleasure for less price
- ...And much, much more.
What Computers Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason
24 June 2012, 13:55
Harper & Row | 1972 | English | ISBN: 0060110821 | 259 pages | PDF | 11.5 MB
Hubert Dreyfus has been a critic of artificial intelligence research since the 1960s. In a series of papers and books, including Alchemy and AI (1965), What Computers Can't Do (1972; 1979; 1992) and Mind over Machine (1986), he presented an assessment of AI's progress and a critique of the philosophical foundations of the field. Dreyfus' objections are discussed in most introductions to the philosophy of artificial intelligence, including Russell & Norvig (2003), the standard AI textbook, and in Fearn (2007), a survey of contemporary philosophy.
Dreyfus argued that human intelligence and expertise depend primarily on unconscious instincts rather than conscious symbolic manipulation, and that these unconscious skills could never be captured in formal rules. His critique was based on the insights of modern continental philosophers such as Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger, and was directed at the first wave of AI research which used high level formal symbols to represent reality and tried to reduce intelligence to symbol manipulation.
1000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations
24 June 2012, 08:50
Quarry Books | 2008 | English | ISBN: 1592534120 | 320 pages | PDF | 181.48 MB
Over 1000 journal pages presented in one beautiful full-color book.
Journals offer their makers a safe place to dream, doodle, rant, and reinvent themselves. They offer viewers rich, visual inspiration. There is a fascination with these revealing and often beautiful pages of self-exploration and personal expression. Journals offer a tantalizing, voyeuristic view of an interior life. Journaling has seeped into popular culture in a big way and this collection provides a wide array of ideas, techniques and themes to inspire and inform mixed media and journaling enthusiasts.
This is the first book to offer examples of over 1000 journal pages in one eye-catching, visual format. Artists can embrace and experiment with this medium and will benefit from this rich collection.
Dawn DeVries Sokol (Tempe, AZ) worked her way from designing newspapers to art directing magazines. From her studio she now designs books for publishers across the U.S. while playing in her art journals, crocheting and soldering.
A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living
24 June 2012, 07:32
H-r | 2011 | English | ISBN: 0062074245 | 304 pages | EPUB | 3.46 MB
Eight months on the bestseller lists in France!
From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s instant classic brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essential role in achieving happiness and living a meaningful life. This lively journey through the great thinkers will enlighten every reader, young and old.