Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time [EPUB]

Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time [EPUB]
Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time by Marc Wittmann
2016 | EPUB | 0.7MB

We have widely varying perceptions of time. Children have trouble waiting for anything. ("Are we there yet?") Boredom is often connected to our sense of time passing (or not passing). As people grow older, time seems to speed up, the years flitting by without a pause. How does our sense of time come about? In Felt Time, Marc Wittmann explores the riddle of subjective time, explaining our perception of time -- whether moment by moment, or in terms of life as a whole. Drawing on the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience, Wittmann offers a new answer to the question of how we experience time.

Wittmann explains, among other things, how we choose between savoring the moment and deferring gratification; why impulsive people are bored easily, and why their boredom is often a matter of time; whether each person possesses a personal speed, a particular brain rhythm distinguishing quick people from slow people; and why the feeling of duration can serve as an "error signal," letting us know when it is taking too long for dinner to be ready or for the bus to come. He considers the practice of mindfulness, and whether it can reduce the speed of life and help us gain more time, and he describes how, as we grow older, subjective time accelerates as routine increases; a fulfilled and varied life is a long life. Evidence shows that bodily processes -- especially the heartbeat -- underlie our feeling of time and act as an internal clock for our sense of time. And Wittmann points to recent research that connects time to consciousness; ongoing studies of time consciousness, he tells us, will help us to understand the conscious self.

Spooky Action at a Distance [Audiobook]

Spooky Action at a Distance [Audiobook]
Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time-and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything [Audiobook] by George Musser, read by William Hughes
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 42 mins | 237.55MB

What is space? It isn't a question that most of us normally stop to ask. Space is the venue of physics; it's where things exist, where they move and take shape. Yet over the past few decades, physicists have discovered a phenomenon that operates outside the confines of space and time. The phenomenon - the ability of one particle to affect another instantly across the vastness of space - appears to be almost magical. Einstein grappled with this oddity and couldn't quite resolve it, describing it as "spooky action at a distance". But this strange occurrence has direct connections to black holes, particle collisions, and even the workings of gravity. If space isn't what we thought it was, then what is it?

In Spooky Action at a Distance, George Musser sets out to answer that question, offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to understand it. Musser guides us on an epic journey of scientific discovery into the lives of experimental physicists observing particles acting in tandem, astronomers discovering galaxies that look statistically identical, and cosmologists hoping to unravel the paradoxes surrounding the big bang. Their conclusions challenge our understanding not only of space and time but of the origins of the universe - and their insights are spurring profound technological innovation and suggesting a new grand unified theory of physics.

The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt [EPUB]

The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt [EPUB]
The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt edited by Jeannie Sowers, Chris Toensing
2012 | EPUB | 2.01MB

Leading analysts of Egypt on repression, dissent and the dramatic revolution.

The toppling of Hosni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt’s political and social order. Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing bring together updated essays from Middle East Report—the premier journal covering the region—that offer unrivaled analysis of the major social and political trends that underpinned these tumultuous events.

Starting with the momentous eighteen days of street protest that compelled Mubarak’s resignation, the volume moves back in time to plumb the state’s strategies of repression and examine the mounting dissent of workers, democracy advocates, anti-war activists, and social and environmental campaigners. Leading analysts of Egypt detail the demographic and economic trends that produced wealth for the few and impoverishment for the many. The collection brings clear-headed, first-hand understanding to bear on a moment of intense hope and uncertainty in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity [EPUB]

The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity [EPUB]
The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity by Wang Hui
2011 | EPUB | 1.23MB

A compelling examination of the future of Chinese modernity by the leading member of China’s “New Left.”

The End of the Revolution shatters the myth that China’s recent history has been a miracle of progress. In this original and wide-ranging study, Wang Hui examines the intellectual roots of his nation’s social and political problems, arguing that China’s revolutionary history and its current liberalization are part of the same discourse of modernity. He calls for alternatives to both the present capitalist model of development and to the politics of China’s authoritarian past.

From the May Fourth Movement to Tiananmen Square, The End of the Revolution details a broad sweep of social and intellectual history in an effort to forge a new path for China’s future.

Hindu Gods and Goddesses: 300 Illustrations from 'The Hindu Pantheon' [EPUB]

Hindu Gods and Goddesses: 300 Illustrations from The Hindu Pantheon [EPUB]
Hindu Gods and Goddesses: 300 Illustrations from "The Hindu Pantheon" by Edward Moor
2012 | EPUB | 90.71MB

Reflecting the spirit of East Indian myths, legends, and fables, these illustrations were compiled by one of the nineteenth century's foremost Orientalists. Edward Moor published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, and this new volume draws upon his exposition of India's religious iconography to offer a spectacular array of images of Hindu deities.

Dramatic engravings and line drawings include scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as temple images of Krishna, Vishnu, Siva, and other major gods and goddesses. Many are derived from bronze figurines; others are reproduced from manuscript illustrations. All appear with captions for ease of identification.

Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China [EPUB]

Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China [EPUB]
Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China edited by Trenton Campbell
2014 | EPUB | 6.43MB

This authoritative volume examines the two main faiths, Confucianism and Daoism, that developed before China had meaningful contact with the rest of the world. Aspects of Buddhism later joined features of these faiths to form elements of Chinese ideology and, with the beliefs in immortals and the worship of ancestors, they led to a popular religion. The narrative describes the gods and goddesses that dominated China's mythology and folk culture, roughly from the 3rd millennium to 221 BCE, including the Baxian (Eight Immortals), Chang'e (moon goddess), Guandi (god of war), the Men Shen (door spirits), and Pan Gu (first man).

Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations [EPUB]

Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations [EPUB]
Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations edited by John Murphy
2014 | EPUB | 5.9MB

Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and sun gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth mothers who are both creators and destroyers, and even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source images of arts and artifacts are paired with text that is both information-packed and enthralling. Readers who enter this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural journey through the divine mysteries of time and space.

Mesopotamian Gods & Goddesses [EPUB]

Mesopotamian Gods & Goddesses [EPUB]
Mesopotamian Gods & Goddesses edited by Vincent Hale
2014 | EPUB | 5.96MB

Mesopotamian religion was one of the earliest religious systems to develop with—and in turn influence—a high civilization. Followed by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Mesopotamian religion and mythology reflected the complexities of these societies and has been preserved in remnants of their cultural, economic, and political institutions.

This absorbing volume provides a glimpse of the cradle of civilization by examining Mesopotamian religious and mythological beliefs as well as some of the many gods and goddesses at the core of their stories and also looks at epics—such as that of Gilgamesh—and other aspects of Mesopotamian life.

Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race [EPUB]

Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race [EPUB]
Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race by Wayne Biddle
2012 | EPUB | 1.65MB

A stunning investigation of the roots of the first moon landing forty years ago.

This illuminating story of the dawn of the space age reaches back to the reactionary modernism of the Third Reich, using the life of “rocket scientist” Wernher von Braun as its narrative path through the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the rise of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who could apply only tunnel vision to his meteoric career, stands as an archetype of myriad twentieth century technologists who thrived under regimes of military secrecy and unlimited money. His seamless transformation from developer of the deadly V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American celebrity as the supposed genius behind the golden years of the U.S. space program in the 1950s and 1960s raises haunting questions about the culture of the Cold War, the shared values of technology in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of material progress.

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program [EPUB]

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program [EPUB]
The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program by Jeremy Scahill
2016 | EPUB | 22.15MB

Major revelations about the US government’s drone program—bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy.

When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don’t verify.

The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military’s kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy.

The classified documents reveal that Washington’s fourteen-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate. The Assassination Complex allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.

The book will include original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me [EPUB]

Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me [EPUB]
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me by Ron Miscavige, Dan Koon
2016 | EPUB | 7.18MB

David Miscavige, the Church of Scientology’s current leader and successor to founder L. Ron Hubbard, hasn’t always ruled with a dictator’s iron fist – nor was Scientology even part of his destiny. It was his father, Ron Miscavige, who signed his family up, and David bought in totally, even as a boy. Years later, Ron could only watch with dismay as his bright, carefree son transformed into the ruthless leader he is today. Ruthless is David’s story told by the person who knows him best – his father. Ron traces the arc of David’s life from his early years to David’s eventual, stellar rise to power in Scientology; his brutal approach to running the organization today; and the disastrous effects that his leadership has had on countless numbers of Scientologists and their families.

Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe [EPUB]

Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe [EPUB]
Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates
2010 | EPUB | 1.73MB

Cutting-edge astrophysics that builds on Einstein's theories to find the unseen matter that fills the Universe.

Dark energy. Dark matter. These strange and invisible substances don't just sound mysterious: their unexpected appearance in the cosmic census is upending long-held notions about the nature of the Universe. Astronomers have long known that the Universe is expanding, but everything they could see indicated that gravity should be slowing this spread. Instead, it appears that the Universe is accelerating its expansion and that something stronger than gravity--dark energy--is at work.

In Einstein's Telescope Evalyn Gates, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, transports us to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool that unlocks the secrets of these little-understood cosmic constituents. Based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or "Einstein's Telescope," is enabling new discoveries that are taking us toward the next revolution in scientific thinking--one that may change forever our notions of where the Universe came from and where it is going.

Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius [EPUB]

Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius [EPUB]
Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius by Hans C Ohanian
2009 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his groundbreaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious errors in mathematics to bad misconceptions in physics and failures to grasp the subtleties of his own creations. This forensic biography dissects Einstein’s scientific mistakes and places them in the context of his turbulent life and times. In lively, accessible prose, Hans C. Ohanian paints a fresh, insightful portrait of the real Einstein at work, in contrast to the uncritical celebrity worship found in many biographies.

Of the approximately 180 original scientific papers that Einstein published in his lifetime, about 40 are infested with mistakes. For instance, Einstein’s first mathematical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). Einstein was often lured by irrational and mystical inspirations, but his extraordinary intuition about physics permitted him to discover profound truths despite—and sometimes because of—the mistakes he made along the way. He was a sleepwalker: his intuition told him where he needed to go, and he somehow managed to get there without quite knowing how.

As this book persuasively argues, the defining hallmark of Einstein’s genius was not any special mathematical ability but an uncanny talent to use his mistakes as stepping stones to formulate his revolutionary theories.

Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army [EPUB]

Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army [EPUB]
Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army by Owen Bennett
2015 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Hunting with Godfrey Bloom; lunching on expenses with Janice Atkinson; talking ‘shock and awful’ campaign tactics with Douglas Carswell – nothing is off the table when you’re on the trail of UKlP’s People’s Army.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 meets Louis Theroux, Following Farage recounts one hack’s journey as he follows, drinks with, laughs at and even occasionally defends the phenomenon that is the United Kingdom lndependence Party as it prepares to march upon Westminster.

With exclusive interviews and unfettered access to all the disgraced generals, trusty foot soldiers, deserters and dissenters who make up its ranks, Bennett delivers the inside scoop on what makes the People’s Army tick – all the while making the transition from elbowed-out hanger-on to the journalist Farage calls for an honest, post-election run-down of events.

From the initial skirmishes and battle plans (the successful and the scuppered) to the explosive events of the battle for No. 10 itself – and the all-out civil war that broke out in its aftermath – Following Farage leaves no stone unturned, avenue untrod or pint undrunk in its quest for the truth about Britain’s newest and most controversial political force.

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality [EPUB]

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality [EPUB]
Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by Thomas J Gradel, Dick Simpson
2014 | EPUB | 3.92MB

Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace.

In Corrupt Illinois , veteran political observers Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.

Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to transform our politics from a pay-to-play–driven marketplace into what it should be: an instrument of public good.

Family Wellness Skills [EPUB]

Family Wellness Skills [EPUB]
Family Wellness Skills: Quick Assessment and Practical Interventions for the Mental Health Professional by Joseph Hernandez
2013 | EPUB | 1.97MB

A psycho-educational model for assessing individuals and families.

In Family Wellness Skills, Joseph Hernandez, a longtime Family Wellness trainer and practitioner, shares the foundational concepts of the Family Wellness model to make it accessible to an even broader audience. In it, he provides mental health professionals with a map to guide their clients from recognizing a need for change, to deciding to make a change, to achieving change itself. Hernandez lays out the core ideas behind Family Wellness—chief among them, balancing individuality with connection; fostering skills for interpersonal health (speaking, listening, and cooperating); and developing and maintaining patterns that work for families (mutual respect, parents in charge, interdependence, and expecting change). He shows all helping professionals how to develop effective treatment plans and practical interventions that take into account a family’s inherent assets. Family Wellness Skills provides a complete, handy guide to the key points of this successful treatment model, so any mental health professional can help families discover and develop their gifts and abilities, making for stronger, healthier relationships.

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity [EPUB]

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity [EPUB]
Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester R Brown
2012 | EPUB | 0.4MB

With food supplies tightening, countries are competing for the land and water resources needed to feed their people.

With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. “In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil,” Lester R. Brown writes.

What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world’s shrinking buffers against poor harvests. With wisdom accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know [EPUB]

Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know [EPUB]
Do Dogs Dream: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Stanley Coren
2012 | EPUB | 8.5MB

In a conversational Q&A format, a leading dog expert answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act.

Do dogs dream? Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they’re seeing on television? Are they more intelligent than cats? People have a great curiosity—and many misunderstandings—about how dogs think, act, and perceive the world. They also wonder about the social and emotional lives of dogs. Stanley Coren brings decades of scientific research on dogs to bear in his unprecedented foray into the inner lives of our canine companions, dispelling many common myths in the process. In a conversational Q&A format with illustrations, Coren answers approximately 75 questions often asked of him during his nearly fifty-year career as a dog researcher, combining the authority of an expert with the engaging delivery of a guest at a cocktail party.

Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market [EPUB]

Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market [EPUB]
Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market by John Mauldin
2005 | EPUB | 4.99MB

The key to successful investing today is knowing where the markets and economy are going, not where they have been, and focusing on absolute returns––real profits in your pocket. You, the contemporary investor, instinctively know that the markets of today––and the forces that drive them––are quite different than those of past decades. Your intuition tells you that if you are to be successful in the future, you must adjust your investment strategy to reflect the new economic realities. But what strategies? What adjustments? Where can you turn for reality-based answers?

In the positive and forward-thinking Bull’s Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market, financial expert John Mauldin makes a powerful case regarding the future direction of the markets and what you must do to be successful in them. Mauldin lays a solid foundation for his argument by examining six major (and very different) ways to look at the stock market as well as the numerous ways Wall Street tries to entice unknowing investors to keep buying overvalued products. Marshalling a huge array of facts and sources, Mauldin looks at these and other issues, including the effects of value, risk, market psychology, and demographics on your potential investments. He details a new approach to investing that will allow you to successfully adjust to the new reality of investing.

In a straightforward and easy-to-understand style, Mauldin helps you understand why traditional stock portfolios shouldn’t be your primary investment vehicle in the coming years, and how absolute return vehicles, such as hedge funds (Chapters 20—22), specific types of bonds, and certain types of value-oriented stocks (Chapters 16—18), and investments can help you control risk, while carefully and methodically growing your investments over the next decade.

Helping you think outside of the Wall Street box, Bull’s Eye Investing focuses on finding value and controlling risk, while working with trends (which Mauldin forecasts for you) rather than against them. It will show you why investors must focus on absolute returns instead of relative returns, as well as how research and homework will be rewarded––rather than blind trust in an ever-spiraling market.

Good markets are followed by bad markets, which are again followed by good markets. While no one can predict exactly when these markets will begin or end, there’s a pretty good chance that this cycle will continue to repeat itself. As an investor, success hinges on your understanding of these ever-changing economic and investment cycles––and your response to them. Bull’s Eye Investing can help you make the most of these trends, by showing you how to target your investments toward where the markets will be, not where they have been.