The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy [Audiobook]
29 April 2013, 15:26
Blackstone Audio | 2011 | ISBN: 1441784012 | MP3 VBR V2 | 13 hrs 58 mins | 792.42MB
This great work redefined our sense of the European past, wholly reinterpreting what has since been known simply as the Italian Renaissance.
Within the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt finds the first stirrings of the modern world -- and in the Renaissance Italian, the first modern man. In this landmark study of Italy from the fourteenth through the early sixteenth century, Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery of Greek and Roman culture, and the new emphasis on the role of the individual. All these, Burckhardt explains, went hand in hand with the explorations of science and contributed to the more naturalistic depiction of the world in art and literature. His book-length essay includes discussions of all aspects of Italian civilization: the art, fashion, literature, and music of the time, as well as the flourishing intellectual and spiritual life.
Cosmopolis: A Novel [Audiobook]
29 April 2013, 12:15
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1442357622 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 148.25MB
April 20. Eric Packer, age twenty-eight, wakes up and emerges from his $108 million apartment to locate his white stretch limo. Packer is the most formidable and most daring of currency traders, and his ride across town—ostensibly to get a haircut—is a journey only the twenty-first century could understand. His first meeting—in the car—is with his chief of analysis, a man even younger than himself. In his congested travel across town (traffic is caused by a President’s visit, a music idol’s funeral, a demonstration, and more), Eric Packer encounters our speeded up, global world. Sometimes he leaves the car to find the world—his wife of twenty-two days, his lover of much longer, the female bodyguard he also sleeps with—sometimes the world meets him in the car.
At age four, Eric figured out what he would weigh on every planet in the solar system. Now he is worth billions. He is also in a willfully self-annihilating bet against the yen that creates “storms of disorder” around the globe. Every one of his advisors advises against it.
DeLillo’s thirteenth novel confirmed his role as one of the most profoundly significant writers working in our lifetime—and then some.
29 April 2013, 11:54
Audible Ltd | 2012 | ASIN: B008DDWTR8 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 48 mins | 809.11MB
Ian Macdonald's River of Gods, painted a vivid picture of a near future India, 100 years after independence. It revolutionised British science fiction for a new generation by taking a perspective that was not European or American. Brasyl will do the same for South America's largest and most vibrant country.
This is a story that begins in the favelas, the slums of Rio, and quickly expands to take in drugs, corruption, and a frightening new technology that allows access to all the multiple worlds that have slipped into existence in other planes every time we make a decision. This is rich, epic science fiction that opens our eyes to the world around us and posits mind-blowing alternative sciences. It is a landmark work in modern science fiction from one of its most respected practitioners.
River of Gods
29 April 2013, 11:50
Pyr | 2006 | ISBN: 1591024366 | EPUB | 542.46KB
As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business - a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj - the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet - when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden. In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation.
River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with people and cultures - one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods. Ian McDonald has written the great Indian novel of the new millennium, in which a war is fought, a love betrayed, a message from a different world decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls [Audiobook]
29 April 2013, 11:37
Brilliance Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 1423371089 | MP3@64 kbps | 23 hrs 43 mins | 651.35MB
Not only is Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls the best book in recent memory on turn-of-the-'70s film, it is beyond question the best book we'll ever get on the subject. Why? Because once the big names who spilled the beans to Biskind find out that other people spilled an equally piquant quantity of beans, nobody will dare speak to another writer with such candor, humor, and venom again.
Biskind did hundreds of interviews with people who make the president look accessible: Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Geffen, Beatty, Kael, Towne, Altman. He also spoke with countless spurned spouses and burned partners, alleged victims of assault by knife, pistol, and bodily fluids. Rather more responsible than some of his sources, Biskind always carefully notes the denials as well as the astounding stories he has compiled. He tells you about Scorsese running naked down Mulholland Drive after his girlfriend, crying, "Don't leave me!"; grave robbing on the set of Apocalypse Now; Faye Dunaway apparently flinging urine in Roman Polanski's face while filming Chinatown; Michael O'Donoghue's LSD-fueled swan dive onto a patio; Coppola's mad plan for a 10-hour film of Goethe's Elective Affinities in 3-D; the ocean suicide attempt Hal "Captain Wacky" Ashby gave up when he couldn't find a swimsuit that pleased him; countless dalliances with porn stars; Russian roulette games and psychotherapy sessions in hot tubs. But he also soberly gives both sides ample chance to testify.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is also more than a fistful of dazzling anecdotes. Methodically, as thrillingly as a movie attorney, Biskind builds the case that Hollywood was revived by wild ones who then betrayed their own dreams, slit their own throats, and destroyed an art form by producing that mindless, inhuman modern behemoth, the blockbuster.
When Spielberg was making the first true blockbuster, Jaws, he sneaked Lucas in one day when nobody was around, got him to put his head in the shark's mechanical mouth, and closed the shark's mouth on him. The gizmo broke and got stuck, but the two young men somehow extricated Lucas's head and hightailed it like Tom and Huck. As Peter Biskind's scathing, funny, wise book demonstrates, they only thought they had escaped.
29 April 2013, 11:27
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | 2010 | ISBN: 1579128246 | EPUB | 2.83MB
The world's foremost memory expert—and mega-bestselling author—proves that memory CAN get better with age!
Diet and exercise are great, but what good is a healthy body if you don't have the mental capabilities to go with it? Harry Lorayne, who is now 83 years old, has been honing and teaching his foolproof system for sharpening the mind, improving concentration, and attaining a truly "superpower" memory for more than 40 years. Ageless Memory is the culmination of this memory expert's life's work. Specifically geared to our needs as we age, his unique memory system can be put into practice immediately—for a better memory the very same day you open the book and start to read! Completely practical and easy to use, readers learn to:
- Recall names and faces, even years later
- Never miss an appointment or misplace keys, glasses, valuables, etc.
- Give speeches without notes and learn foreign words and phrases easily
- Memorize long lists of items, quotations, long numbers, Bible verses, and all kinds of facts and figures
- Excel at cards and other games
- Regain (or maintain!) the confidence that comes with having a sharp, active mind.
It's not necessary to accept poor or waning memory or "senior moments" as inevitable results of growing older— and Harry Lorayne proves it in Ageless Memory!
Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial
29 April 2013, 11:23
Random House | 2009 | ISBN: 140908180X | EPUB | 700.46KB
Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it; most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. But how do you know which treatments really heal and which are potentially harmful?
Now at last you can find out, thanks to the formidable partnership of Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh. Edzard Ernst is the world's first professor of complementary medicine, based at Exeter University, where he has spent over a decade analysing meticulously the evidence for and against alternative therapies.He is supported in his findings by Simon Singh, the well-known and highly respected science writer of several international bestsellers.
Together they have written the definitive book on the subject. It is honest, impartial but hard-hitting, and provides a thorough examination and judgement of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, chiropractic and herbal medicine.In Trick or Treatment? the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine is delivered for the first time with clarity, scientific rigour and absolute authority.
29 April 2013, 11:19
HarperCollins | 2010 | ISBN: 0007375506 | EPUB | 12.13MB
The bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book tells the story of the brilliant minds that deciphered the mysteries of the Big Bang. A fascinating exploration of the ultimate question: how was our universe created?
Albert Einstein once said: "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." Simon Singh believes geniuses like Einstein are not the only people able to grasp the physics that govern the universe. We all can.
As well as explaining what the Big Bang theory actually is and why cosmologists believe it is an accurate description of the origins of the universe, this book is also the fascinating story of the scientists who fought against the established idea of an eternal and unchanging universe. Simon Singh, renowned for making difficult ideas much less daunting than they first seem, is the perfect guide for this journey.
Everybody has heard of the Big Bang Theory. But how many of us can actually claim to understand it? With characteristic clarity and a narrative peppered with anecdotes and personal histories of those who have struggled to understand creation, Simon Singh has written the story of the most important theory ever.
The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy
29 April 2013, 11:12
Doubleday Publishing Group | 1999 | ISBN: 0385495315 | EPUB | 14.24MB
Codes have decided the fates of empires, countries, and monarchies throughout recorded history. Mary, Queen of Scots was put to death by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, for the high crime of treason after spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham cracked the secret code she used to communicate with her conspirators. And thus the course of British history was altered by a few sheets of cryptic prose. This is just one link in humankind's evolutionary chain of secret communication, and just one of the fascinating incidents recounted in The Code Book, written by bestselling author Simon Singh.
Combining a superb storyteller's sense of drama and a scientist's appreciation for technical perfection, Singh traces the evolution of secret writing from ancient Greek military espionage to the frontiers of computer science. The result is an epic tale of human ingenuity, with examples that range from the poignant to the peculiar to the world-historical.
There is the case of the Beale ciphers, which involves Wild West escapades, a cowboy who amassed a vast fortune, a buried treasure worth $20 million, and a mysterious set of encrypted papers describing its whereabouts--papers that have baffled generations of cryptanalysts and captivated hundreds of treasure hunters.
A speedier end to a bloody war was the only reward that could be promised to the Allied code breakers of World Wars I and II, whose selfless contributions altered the course of history; but few of them lived to receive any credit for their top-secret accomplishments. Among the most moving of these stories is that of the World War II British code breaker Alan Turing, who gave up a brilliant career in mathematics to devote himself to the Allied cause, only to end his years punished by the state for his homosexuality, while his heroism was ignored. No less heroic were the Navajo code talkers, who volunteered without hesitation to risk their lives for the Allied forces in the Japanese theater, where they were routinely mistaken for the enemy.
Interspersed with these gripping stories are clear mathematical, linguistic, and technological demonstrations of codes, as well as illustrations of the remarkable personalities--many courageous, some villainous, and all obsessive--who wrote and broke them.
All roads lead to the present day, in which the possibility of a truly unbreakable code looms large. Singh explores this possibility, and the ramifications of our increasing need for privacy, even as it begins to chafe against the stated mission of the powerful and deeply secretive National Security Agency. Entertaining, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this is a book that will forever alter your view of history, what drives it, and how private that e-mail you just sent really is.
Fermat's Enigma: The Epical Quest
29 April 2013, 11:07
HarperCollins | 1997 | ISBN: 0007381999 | EPUB | 1.1MB
xn + yn = zn, where n represents 3, 4, 5, ...no solution
With these words, the seventeenth-century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat threw down the gauntlet to future generations. What came to be known as Fermat's Last Theorem looked simple; proving it, however, became the Holy Grail of mathematics, baffling its finest minds for more than 350 years. In Fermat's Enigma--based on the author's award-winning documentary film, which aired on PBS's "Nova"--Simon Singh tells the astonishingly entertaining story of the pursuit of that grail, and the lives that were devoted to, sacrificed for, and saved by it. Here is a mesmerizing tale of heartbreak and mastery that will forever change your feelings about mathematics.
Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret
29 April 2013, 11:00
Delta | 1997 | ISBN: 0385319460 | PDF | 6.71MB
Over three hundred years ago, a French scholar scribbled a simple theorem in the margin of a book. It would become the world's most baffling mathematical mystery.
Simple, elegant, and utterly impossible to prove, Fermat's Last Theorem captured the imaginations of amateur and professional mathematicians for over three centuries. For some it became a wonderful passion. For others it was an obsession that led to deceit, intrigue, or insanity. In a volume filled with the clues, red herrings, and suspense of a mystery novel, Dr. Amir Aczel reveals the previously untold story of the people, the history, and the cultures that lie behind this scientific triumph.
From formulas devised for the farmers of ancient Babylonia to the dramatic proof of Fermat's theorem in 1993, this extraordinary work takes us along on an exhilarating intellectual treasure hunt. Revealing the hidden mathematical order of the natural world in everything from stars to sunflowers, Fermat's Last Theorem brilliantly combines philosophy and hard science with investigative journalism. The result: a real-life detective story of the intellect, at once intriguing, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down.
Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things
29 April 2013, 10:58
Sourcebooks Hysteria | 2007 | ISBN: 1402208855 | PDF | 10.57MB
At a loss for words, hockey puck? You can always quote Shakespeare...
Or delve into this entertaining compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the most uplifting nature. Filled with common and not-so-common zingers that will both shock you and make you laugh your @$$! off.
- Exactly how to address individual mounds of foul, undigested lumps of donkey entrails
- That "F"-ing word and other intensives
- Many, many ways to refer to the part that goes over the fence last
- More euphemisms, synonyms, phrases and descriptions than you knew existed for sexual activities, proclivities, untoward incidents, accidents of nature and the beast with two backs
- Addressing the mentally incompetent, the cerebrally challenged, the absurdly bureaucratic, the impossibly rational and other instances of ineptitude, obfuscation or obstruction and much more!
A Chinese Bestiary
29 April 2013, 10:56
University of California Press | 2002 | ISBN: 0520218442 | PDF | 59.71MB
A Chinese Bestiary presents a fascinating pageant of mythical creatures from a unique and enduring cosmography written in ancient China. The Guideways through Mountains and Seas, compiled between the fourth and first centuries b.c.e., contains descriptions of hundreds of fantastic denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, along with minerals, flora, and medicine. The text also represents a wide range of beliefs held by the ancient Chinese. Richard Strassberg brings the Guideways to life for modern readers by weaving together translations from the work itself with information from other texts and recent archaeological finds to create a lavishly illustrated guide to the imaginative world of early China.
Unlike the bestiaries of the late medieval period in Europe, the Guideways was not interpreted allegorically; the strange creatures described in it were regarded as actual entities found throughout the landscape. The work was originally used as a sacred geography, as a guidebook for travelers, and as a book of omens. Today, it is regarded as the richest repository of ancient Chinese mythology and shamanistic wisdom. The Guideways may have been illustrated from the start, but the earliest surviving illustrations are woodblock engravings from a rare 1597 edition. Seventy-six of those plates are reproduced here for the first time, and they provide a fine example of the Chinese engraver's art during the late Ming dynasty.
This beautiful volume, compiled by a well-known specialist in the field, provides a fascinating window on the thoughts and beliefs of an ancient people, and will delight specialists and general readers alike.
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
29 April 2013, 07:33
HarperCollins | 2003 | ISBN: 006052085X | PDF | 14.42MB
There are approximately six thousand languages on Earth today, each a descendant of the tongue first spoken by Homo sapiens some 150,000 years ago.While laying out how languages mix and mutate over time, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the variety within the species that speaks them, and argues that, contrary to popular perception, language is not immutable and hidebound, but a living, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ever-changing human environment.
Full of humor and imaginative insight, The Power of Babel draws its illustrative examples from languages around the world, including pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects.
The Cave and the Cathedral
29 April 2013, 07:31
John Wiley & Sons | 2009 | ISBN: 0470373539 | PDF | 3.25MB
What Are The Ancients Trying To Tell Us?
—From The Cave and the Cathedral
Join researcher and scientist Amir D. Aczel on a time-traveling journey through the past and discover what the ancient caves of France and Spain may reveal about the origin of language, art, and human thought as he illuminates one of the greatest mysteries in anthropology.
Descartes's Secret Notebook
29 April 2013, 07:30
Broadway | 2005 | ISBN: 0767920333 | PDF | 18.39MB
René Descartes (1596—1650) is one of the towering and central figures in Western philosophy and mathematics. His apothegm “Cogito, ergo sum” marked the birth of the mind-body problem, while his creation of so-called Cartesian coordinates has made our intellectual conquest of physical space possible.
But Descartes had a mysterious and mystical side, as well. Almost certainly a member of the occult brotherhood of the Rosicrucians, he kept a secret notebook, now lost, most of which was written in code. After Descartes’s death, Gottfried Leibniz, inventor of calculus and one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, moved to Paris in search of this notebook–and eventually found it in the possession of Claude Clerselier, a friend of Descartes’s. Liebniz called on Clerselier and was allowed to copy only a couple of pages–which, though written in code, he amazingly deciphered there on the spot. Liebniz’s hastily scribbled notes are all we have today of Descartes’s notebook.
Why did Descartes keep a secret notebook, and what were its contents? The answers to these questions will lead the reader on an exciting, swashbuckling journey, and offer a fascinating look at one of the great figures of Western culture.
Entanglement: The Greatest Mystery in Physics
29 April 2013, 07:30
Basic Books | 2002 | ISBN: 1568582323 | PDF |
Since cyberspace became reality, the lines between "science" and "science fiction" have become increasingly blurred. Now, quantum mechanics promises that some of humanity's wildest dreams may be realized. Serious scientists, working from Einstein's theories, have been investigating the phenomenon known as "entanglement," one of the strangest aspects of our strange universe.
According to Einstein, quantum mechanics required entanglement — the idea that subatomic particles could become linked, and that a change to one such particle would instantly be reflected in its counterpart, even if separated by a universe. Einstein felt that if quantum theory could produce such bizarre effects, then it had to be invalid. But new experiments show that not only does it happen, but that it may lead to unbreakable codes, and even teleportation, perhaps in our lifetime.
29 April 2013, 07:28
Delta | 2000 | ISBN: 0385334850 | PDF | 7.72MB
Are we on the verge of solving the riddle of creation using Einstein's "greatest blunder"?
In a work that is at once lucid, exhilarating and profound, renowned mathematician Dr. Amir Aczel, critically acclaimed author of Fermat's Last Theorem, takes us into the heart of science's greatest mystery.
In January 1998, astronomers found evidence that the cosmos is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The way we perceive the universe was changed forever. The most compelling theory cosmologists could find to explain this phenomenon was Einstein's cosmological constant, a theory he conceived--and rejected---over eighty years ago.
Drawing on newly discovered letters of Einstein--many translated here for the first time--years of research, and interviews with prominent mathematicians, cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers, Aczel takes us on a fascinating journey into "the strange geometry of space-time," and into the mind of a genius. Here the unthinkable becomes real: an infinite, ever-expanding, ever-accelerating universe whose only absolute is the speed of light.
Awesome in scope, thrilling in detail, God's Equation is storytelling at its finest.
Get the Life You Want
29 April 2013, 06:08
Harper Element | 2009 | ISBN: 0007292511 | EPUB | 427.1KB
Whatever you want Richard Bandler, the man who taught Paul McKenna and inspired him to greatness, can help you get it. Full of simple, potent NLP exercises that will take you minutes to do but will make your life permanently better, this incredible book is a must for anybody who has ever wished for anything but not found a way to get it. Richard Bandler - the world-renowned co-creator of NLP who has helped millions around the world change their lives for the better - has written a simple and empowering book to help you get the life you want. He will help you become the master of your mind so that you make your mind up and don't allow it to make you up.
Drawing on the proven, simple techniques he has developed over the past 35 years - techniques that Paul McKenna uses in his workshops - Bandler shows you how to move beyond the limitations that are holding you back, to discover what you want more of in your life and then to make it happen. He also includes a huge range of individual exercises to help you master different areas in your life, from getting over fears and phobias and breaking bad habits to making more money and bringing more happiness into your life. Bandler also offers a fascinating insight into why his techniques work and how he came to develop his life-changing NLP techniques. Whatever you want to change, whatever you want to achieve Richard Bandler will help you get it.
Using Your Brain For a Change
29 April 2013, 06:05
Real People Press | 1985 | ISBN: 0911226273 | EPUB | 1.38MB
The book is typically presented for the layperson, but there is much practical insight and value here for experienced practitioners and master practitioners alike. The Afterword tells why the attitude of curiosity is so essential for NLP and our ongoing journeys through life. Some of the things that Using Your Brain -- for a CHANGE covers include:
Fast Phobia Cure: An approach to a workshop participant's fear of "elevators." Of particular interest here is the discussion of the principles and effects of dissociation and the application of submodalities within this context.
Motivation Strategies: Motivational strategies explored from a submodality perspective, and within the context of toward and away from motivation. The most personal change issues that are brought into therapy have a lot to do with motivation, and workshop participants' motivational strategies for "waking up" are used to explore how our own submodalities can be utilized to enhance motivation in other areas of our lives.
Contrastive Analysis and Belief Change Patterns: An in-depth exploration of contrastive analysis of submodalities is presented in order to show how confusion can be made into understanding. The underlying pattern of contrastive analysis is then modified to create the "belief change pattern" for removing limiting beliefs and installing new, more positive beliefs in their place (utilizing the submodalities of doubt at key stages). Significant emphasis is also placed on the importance of information gathering and set-up to understand how use of a specific pattern should be best tailored for each individual.
Swish: The reader is able to gain a clear understanding of the technology behind one of the most well-known NLP techniques. This book is worth reading for the important insights and invaluable information to be gained on the Swish alone.
Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming
29 April 2013, 06:03
Real People Press | 1979 | ISBN: 0911226192 | PDF | 3.48MB
Richard Bandler and John Grinder are the founders of neuro-linguistic programming so you can expect a fair in depth discussion on the topics within the book. Frogs Into Princes is a transcript from a live seminar conducted by the two presenters. It is divided into three main sections which were presented on three separate days in the seminar:
- Sensory Experience: Representational Systems and Accessing Cues
- Changing Personal History and Organization: Anchoring
- Finding New Ways: Reframing
The Ultimate IQ Test Book
29 April 2013, 05:30
Kogan Page | 2007 | ISBN: 0749449470 | PDF | 11.17MB
The Ultimate IQ Test Book is the biggest book of IQ practice tests available.
The Ultimate IQ Test Book is valuable to those who have to take an IQ test, but it's also great fun for anyone who likes to stretch their mind for their own entertainment.
Written and compiled by IQ-test experts, it contains 1000 practice questions organized into 25 tests, with a simple guide to assessing individual performance. The questions themselves are very similar to those faced by candidates in actual IQ tests.
They are multi-discipline and include verbal, numerical, and diagrammatic reasoning questions, so that readers can practice on all the different types of questions they are likely to encounter.
The Complete Book of Intelligence Tests
29 April 2013, 05:28
Capstone | 2005 | ISBN: 0470017732 | EPUB | 1.98MB
Enjoyable mental exercises to help boost performance on IQ tests.
This engaging book offers readers the ultimate in calisthenics for the brain. Using the same fun, informative, and accessible style that have made his previous books so popular, Philip Carter helps people identify mental strengths and weaknesses, and provides methods for improving memory, boosting creativity, and tuning in to emotional intelligence. Featuring never-before-published tests designed specifically for this book, plus answers for all questions, this latest treasure trove from a MENSA puzzle editor outlines a fun, challenging program for significantly enhancing performance in all areas of intelligence.
Maximize Your Brainpower
29 April 2013, 05:27
John Wiley & Sons | 2002 | ISBN: 0470847166 | PDF | 6.4MB
The latest book in the successful IQ Workout Series gives you the opportunity to test your mind to the full. We only use a tiny percentage of our potential brainpower, while the rest is locked away in the subconscious mind. Just as an athlete can improve performance by rigorous training, you too can become mentally fitter by using the workouts contained in this book. A set of brand new tests will push your mind to the limit, covering creativity, problem solving, memory, agility of mind and IQ tests. Also included is a hints section, as well as all the answers. You can either pit yourself against the clock, or try out the puzzles at your own pace.
Use this and other books in The IQ Workout Series as a fun and informative way of testing, assessing, and expanding your brainpower! These books are suitable for anyone from 18 to 80 who wants to put themselves to the test. Ken Russell and Philip Carter have written over 100 books on all aspects of testing, puzzles and crosswords.
Mind Games: The Aging Brain and How to Keep it Healthy
29 April 2013, 05:25
Delmar Cengage Learning | 1999 | ISBN: 0766812804 | PDF | 8.06MB
The brain, just like any other muscle, is strengthened through use. Mind Games teaches you the latest concepts on the workings of memory and how to apply them to "train your brain." Whether you are looking to sharpen your own memory, or the memory of a loved one, this book will provide the strategies and techniques needed. From mental exercises, games and activities, to diet recommendations and physical exercises, this resource can be used to train your brain for life.
Shyness: What it is, What to Do About It
29 April 2013, 05:24
Addison-Wesley | 1977 | ISBN: 0201087936 | PDF | 5.7MB
Parents of shy children worry, and with good reason. Shyness can interfere with a child's growth, development, school performance and social experiences. Statistics show that 20% of children are born shy, and another 20% develop shyness. Parents who are shy themselves feel great compassion for their shy children but tend to contribute to the problem by shielding their child from difficult situations. Conversely, parents who are not shy are similarly at a loss and feel exasperated and baffled by their child's shyness.
A noted professor of psychology at Stanford University, Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo helps men and women, youngsters and oldsters, overcome this self-defeating condition.
The Demise of Guys
29 April 2013, 04:08
TED | 2012 | ISBN: 1937382125 | EPUB | 1.53MB
Is the rampant overuse of video games and online porn causing the demise of guys?
In their new TED Book, Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo— leader of the famous 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment—and co-author Nikita Duncan suggest that just might be the case. Based on survey responses from 20,000 men, numerous individual interviews and dozens of studies, Zimbardo and Duncan propose that the excessive use of videogames and online porn is creating a generation of shy and risk-adverse guys—who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school and employment.
Taking a critical look at the problem which is tearing at families and societies everywhere, Zimbardo and Duncan suggest that our guys are suffering from a new form of “arousal addiction,” and introduce a bold new plan for getting them back on track.
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
29 April 2013, 03:56
Random House | 2008 | ISBN: 0812974441 | EPUB | 2.25MB
What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it?
Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and in The Lucifer Effect he explains how–and the myriad reasons why–we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women.
Zimbardo is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Here, for the first time and in detail, he tells the full story of this landmark study, in which a group of college-student volunteers was randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” and then placed in a mock prison environment. Within a week the study was abandoned, as ordinary college students were transformed into either brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally broken prisoners.
By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”–the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around.
This is a book that dares to hold a mirror up to mankind, showing us that we might not be who we think we are. While forcing us to reexamine what we are capable of doing when caught up in the crucible of behavioral dynamics, though, Zimbardo also offers hope. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior.