Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero [EPUB]

Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero [EPUB]
Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen
2019 | EPUB | 4.73MB

An against-the-grain polemic on American capitalism from New York Times bestselling author Tyler Cowen.

We love to hate the 800-pound gorilla. Walmart and Amazon destroy communities and small businesses. Facebook turns us into addicts while putting our personal data at risk. From skeptical politicians like Bernie Sanders who, at a 2016 presidential campaign rally said, “If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” to millennials, only 42 percent of whom support capitalism, belief in big business is at an all-time low. But are big companies inherently evil? If business is so bad, why does it remain so integral to the basic functioning of America? Economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen says our biggest problem is that we don’t love business enough.

In Big Business, Cowen puts forth an impassioned defense of corporations and their essential role in a balanced, productive, and progressive society. He dismantles common misconceptions and untangles conflicting intuitions. According to a 2016 Gallup survey, only 12 percent of Americans trust big business “quite a lot,” and only 6 percent trust it “a great deal.” Yet Americans as a group are remarkably willing to trust businesses, whether in the form of buying a new phone on the day of its release or simply showing up to work in the expectation they will be paid. Cowen illuminates the crucial role businesses play in spurring innovation, rewarding talent and hard work, and creating the bounty on which we’ve all come to depend.

Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History [EPUB]

Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History [EPUB]
Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History by Simon Winder
2010 | EPUB | 1.79MB


Sitting on a bench at a communal table in a restaurant in Regensburg, his plate loaded with disturbing amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut made golden by candlelight shining through a massive glass of beer, Simon Winder was happily swinging his legs when a couple from Rottweil politely but awkwardly asked: "So: why are you here?"

This book is an attempt to answer that question. Why spend time wandering around a country that remains a sort of dead zone for many foreigners, surrounded as it is by a force field of historical, linguistic, climatic, and gastronomic barriers? Winder's book is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild.

Germania is a very funny book on serious topics—how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape.

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country [EPUB]

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country [EPUB]
Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country by Simon Winder
2019 | EPUB | 38.05MB

Following Germania and Danubia, the third installment in Simon Winder’s personal history of Europe

In 843 AD, the three surviving grandsons of the great emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited the area we now know as France, another Germany and the third received the piece in between: Lotharingia.

Lotharingia is a history of in-between Europe. It is the story of a place between places. In this beguiling, hilarious and compelling book, Simon Winder retraces the various powers that have tried to overtake the land that stretches from the mouth of the Rhine to the Alps and the might of the peoples who have lived there for centuries.

Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know [TTC Video]

Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know [TTC Video]
Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know [TTC Video] by Professor Joseph H Shieber, PhD
Course No 5701 | MP4, AVC, 1372 kbps, 960x540 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 7.33GB

Humans have been attempting to understand for thousands of years what knowledge truly is and how we acquire it, but the more we learn about the human body, our brains, and the world around us, the more challenging the quest becomes. The 21st century is a fast-paced world of technological change and expanding social networks, a world where information is plentiful and cheap, but where truth seems in short supply.

When it comes to our never-ending search for the truth about knowledge, there are innumerable questions and considerations.

What is the best way to make a transformative decision, such as whether to have a child? What if common sense was diametrically opposed to rational decision theory?

If you see the correct time on a stopped clock, do you really know what time it is? Is that genuine knowledge or simply chance? And does the distinction matter?

Our memories are one of our primary channels for knowledge, but much of what we “remember” is actually false memories or confabulations. Where does that leave us?

Media organizations developed a strong culture of fact-checking in the 20th century, but can they continue to sustain this pursuit of truth in a world of “click-bait”?

These questions merely scratch the surface of “epistemology,” the philosophical term for our inquiry into knowledge: what it is, the ways we acquire it, and how we justify our beliefs as knowledge. Delve into these issues, and many more, in Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know. Taught by acclaimed Professor Joseph H. Shieber of Lafayette College, these 24 mind-bending lectures take you from ancient philosophers to contemporary neurobiologists, and from wide-ranging social networks to the deepest recesses of your own brain.

Epistemology is as old as philosophy itself. This survey takes you back to Plato, who defined knowledge in terms of “true belief”—a person’s belief that corresponds with some external truth. You’ll see how this relationship between knowledge, belief, and the truth aligns with what 20th-century developmental psychologists have learned about children and the way we first begin to access information.

It is these types of connections—between philosophical history and our world today, and between abstract theory and observed, real-world examples—that make Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know such a treat. This course will transform how you think about yourself, the world around you, and the very nature of reality.

Unpack Competing Theoretical Approaches

As you delve into this course, you’ll soon discover there are several competing frameworks for defining and validating knowledge. For an influential and widely accepted explanation of knowledge, a great place to start is Descartes’s “evil demon” argument. Descartes understood he could not be certain the entire world was not the fabrication of some evil demon. All he knew for certain, all he could say infallibly, was cogito, ergo sum—I think, therefore I am.

Epistemology has come a long way since Descartes, and while most philosophers take issue with much of Descartes’s reasoning, his theory still offers a foundational approach to understanding knowledge.

After reviewing this foundation, you will survey a number of key frameworks that will allow you to dive into a number of epistemological debates, including:

  • The foundationalist vs. the coherentist understanding of knowledge;
  • Internalist vs. externalist frameworks for justifying belief; and
  • The rationalism of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz vs. the empiricism of Locke and Hume—which led to Kant’s distinction between a priori and a posteriori knowledge.

By examining these debates, you’ll not only gain a sense of the breadth of epistemology, but you’ll also gain the language and the insights necessary to understand epistemology today.

Investigate Individual Sources of Knowledge

Regardless of whether you find the internalists or the externalists, the foundationalists or the coherentists more persuasive, there are two general ways of accessing knowledge: through personal channels and through our social networks. To bring the old philosophical debates to life and make abstract theories concrete, Professor Shieber outlines the individual sources of knowledge, including:

  • Sensory Perception: The most fundamental way we encounter the world is through our senses, but we must also understand that our senses are fallible. Using examples from cutting-edge ocular field theory and neurobiology, you will find out just how rocky our knowledge would be if it were based solely on what we perceive.
  • Memory & Self-Awareness: Surely, we know ourselves if nothing else about the world … right? Delve into the world of denial, false memories, confabulation, and more to challenge this key belief. See what advancements in computer science tell us about the very nature of the “self” as you take a foray into the “extended mind.”
  • Logic & Inference: From syllogisms to inductive reasoning, logic tells us much about the world—but like all personal sources of knowledge, logic has its weaknesses. For instance, the “raven’s paradox” asks us to ponder the claim, “All ravens are black.” Logic suggests the converse is true: “All things that are not black are not ravens.” Does evidence for the latter claim count as evidence for the former?

Reflect on Social Sources of Knowledge

After exploring the individual sources of knowledge, Professor Shieber turns to our social sources of knowledge, which often raise the question of trustworthiness. How can we verify we are receiving reliable and accurate information? How do I know someone isn’t lying to me? How can I be sure? Your investigation takes you through:

  • Social Testimony: Much of our knowledge depends on testimony from others. Even facts as basic as our names and the identities of our parents are based on information from others. How do we evaluate the truthfulness of social testimony? Or do we even evaluate the accuracy of what others tell us? Thinkers from David Hume to contemporary social psychologists have wrestled with this issue.
  • Scientific Achievement: Much of modern science relies on knowledge via “socially distributed cognitive systems.” For example, a 19th-century French project to update mathematical tables depended on the labor of ordinary workers relying on basic arithmetic—but who couldn’t comprehend the project as a whole. This process lends credence to a “social externalist” view of knowledge from testimony.
  • Media Reliability: We are living amidst a battle between fact-checking and “fake news.” How do you gauge the accuracy and reliability of the media? What role do our social networks have to play in our media consumption? And how do we incentivize a culture of fact-checking rather than “click-bait” and confirmation bias in our media institutions?

An Exciting Field

Professor Shieber closes the course with a look into the future of epistemology. While the field of inquiry has been around for thousands of years, philosophers are constantly opening up new areas of thought, from epistemic logic to issues of systemic injustice in the world. How do we combat cognitive bias? Who should we include in our social networks? How do we know we are not just brains in a vat?

As you will learn from the very beginning of this course, rationality and common sense often lead you to wildly different conclusions when it comes to making transformative decisions. But you don’t have to be making a life-changing decision to make use of the types of critical thinking epistemologists employ. We live in a messy, imperfect, and often irrational world, but Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know offers an excellent step toward becoming a better thinker, and a more engaged citizen.

Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know [TTC Video]

DIY Henna Tattoos: Learn Decorative Patterns, Draw Modern Designs and Create Everyday Body Art [EPUB]

DIY Henna Tattoos: Learn Decorative Patterns, Draw Modern Designs and Create Everyday Body Art [EPUB]
DIY Henna Tattoos: Learn Decorative Patterns, Draw Modern Designs and Create Everyday Body Art by Aroosa Shahid
2018 | EPUB | 176.39MB

Time for a new tattoo?

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photo graphs in DIY Henna Tattoos make learning henna art simple and fun. In no time, you will master the basic techniques and designs, including:

  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Swirls
  • Vines
  • Paisleys
  • Netting
  • Petals
  • Mandalas
  • Lines and dots

Whether you want to sport something quick and simple or decorate a large area, you can easily choose how much of your skin to adorn with these stylish motifs. And because the tattoo is from henna, next month you get to try a new and different look!

Blockchain For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Blockchain For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Blockchain For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Tiana Laurence
2019 | EPUB + PDF | 3.53/13.17MB

Unravel the mysteries of blockchains

Blockchain technologies are disrupting some of the world’s biggest industries. Blockchain For Dummies provides a fast way to catch up with the essentials of this quickly evolving tech. Written by an author involved in founding and analyzing blockchain solutions, this book serves to help those who need to understand what a blockchain can do (and can't do).

This revised edition walks you through how a blockchainsecurely records data across independent networks. It offers a tour of some of the world’s best-known blockchains, including those that power Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It also provides a glance at how blockchain solutions are affecting the worlds of finance, supply chain management, insurance, and governments.

  • Get a clear picture of what a blockchain can do
  • Learn how blockchains rule cryptocurrency and smart contracts
  • Discover current blockchains and how each of them work
  • Test blockchain apps

Blockchain has become the critical buzzword in the world of financial technology and transaction security — and now you can make sense of it with the help of this essential guide.

Forecasting: An Essential Introduction [EPUB]

Forecasting: An Essential Introduction [EPUB]
Forecasting: An Essential Introduction by David Hendry, Jennifer Castle, Michael Clements
2019 | EPUB | MB

Concise, engaging, and highly intuitive—this accessible guide equips you with an understanding of all the basic principles of forecasting

Making accurate predictions about the economy has always been difficult, as F. A. Hayek noted when accepting his Nobel Prize in economics, but today forecasters have to contend with increasing complexity and unpredictable feedback loops. In this accessible and engaging guide, David Hendry, Michael Clements, and Jennifer Castle provide a concise and highly intuitive overview of the process and problems of forecasting. They explain forecasting concepts including how to evaluate forecasts, how to respond to forecast failures, and the challenges of forecasting accurately in a rapidly changing world.

Topics covered include: What is a forecast? How are forecasts judged? And how can forecast failure be avoided? Concepts are illustrated using real-world examples including financial crises, the uncertainty of Brexit, and the Federal Reserve’s record on forecasting. This is an ideal introduction for university students studying forecasting, practitioners new to the field and for general readers interested in how economists forecast.

Drawing and Sketching (Collins Need to Know?) [EPUB]

Drawing and Sketching (Collins Need to Know?) [EPUB]
Drawing and Sketching (Collins Need to Know) by Jackie Simmonds, Marie Blake, Wendy Jelbert
2019 | EPUB | 90.99 MB

This practical one-stop guide will show you all the techniques and inspiration you need to start drawing. To make your progress easier, it comes in a handy ebook format with colour illustrations and expert advice throughout.

Thinking about taking up drawing or sketching? Need to know about the best techniques? Want to know which materials to use?

Well-known artists Jackie Simmonds, Wendy Jelbert and Marie Blake take you by the hand, using step-by-step exercises to teach you the basics of sketching a range of subjects. There is advice on which materials to use and all the different drawing media are covered: pencil, charcoal, conte, pen, coloured pencils, pastels and water-soluble pencils. By the end of the book even a real beginner can create a drawing to be proud of.

Contents include: flowers; still life; trees; water; landscapes; seascapes; people; buildings.

Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One [EPUB]

Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One [EPUB]
Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One by Joe Yonan
2011 | EPUB | 26.33MB

From the award-winning food editor of The Washington Post comes a cookbook aimed at the food-loving single.

Joe Yonan brings together more than 100 inventive, easy-to-make, and globally inspired recipes celebrating solo eating. Dishes like Mushroom and Green Garlic Frittata, Catfish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw, and Smoked Trout, Potato, and Fennel Pizza will add excitement to any repertoire and forever dispel the notion that single life means starving, settling for take-out, or facing a fridge full of monotonous leftovers. Yonan also includes shopping and storage tips for the single-chef household, along with creative ideas for making use of extra ingredients. Serve Yourself makes cooking for one a deeply satisfying, approachable pleasure. And with such delectable meals, your solo status could be threatened if you’re forced to share with others!

Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants [EPUB]

Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants [EPUB]
Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants by Jon Steinman
2019 | EPUB | 8.69MB

Hungry for change? Put the power of food co-ops on your plate and grow your local food economy.

Food has become ground-zero in our efforts to increase awareness of how our choices impact the world. Yet while we have begun to transform our communities and dinner plates, the most authoritative strand of the food web has received surprisingly little attention: the grocery store―the epicenter of our food-gathering ritual.

Through penetrating analysis and inspiring stories and examples of American and Canadian food co-ops, Grocery Story makes a compelling case for the transformation of the grocery store aisles as the emerging frontier in the local and good food movements. Author Jon Steinman:

  • Deconstructs the food retail sector and the shadows cast by corporate giants
  • Makes the case for food co-ops as an alternative
  • Shows how co-ops spur the creation of local food-based economies and enhance low-income food access.

Grocery Story is for everyone who eats. Whether you strive to eat more local and sustainable food, or are in support of community economic development, Grocery Story will leave you hungry to join the food co-op movement in your own community.

The Leader's Guide [Audiobook]

The Leader's Guide [Audiobook]
The Leader's Guide [Audiobook] by Eric Ries, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 6h 18m | 177.18MB

After the publication of his New York Times best-selling book, The Lean Startup, entrepreneur and author Eric Ries traveled the world helping companies of every size adopt the Lean Startup approach in order to become more nimble and experimental no matter what their mission. The Leader's Guide collects and distills the practical, results-oriented advice Ries has dispensed to entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders at early-stage startups, blue chip corporations, and massive federal government agencies.

The Leader's Guide is for both those who are new to Lean Startup as well as those who love the methodology in principle, but want to know more about how to put it into practice. Packed with real-world examples, the book sheds light on how innovators are tackling questions like:

  • How can I convince my team that testing our early ideas with customers doesn't mean we should sacrifice quality or forget about our vision?
  • How can I convince senior leadership that innovation projects require a different system of accounting?
  • How can we turn functional specialists in areas like IT, HR, and finance into allies when it comes to supporting new ideas?

Each chapter focuses on an essential principle of Lean Startup strategy and includes an interview with leaders who have been using the method effectively, like Dustin Moskovitz, CEO and founder of Asana, and Chris Boeckerman, Director of Innovation at Procter & Gamble.

Whether you've just discovered The Lean Startup, are a practitioner who wants to dive deeper, or work at a company trying to incorporate it at scale, The Leader's Guide is the ultimate master class in successfully implementing Lean Startup methodology at your organization.

A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution [Audiobook]

A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution [Audiobook]
A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution [Audiobook] by Marianne Williamson, read by Carrington MacDuffie
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5h 31m | 151.7/0.56MB

In this stirring call to arms, the activist, spiritual leader, and New York Times best-selling author of the classic Return to Love confronts the cancerous politics of fear and divisiveness threatening the US today, urging all spiritually aware Americans to return to - and act out of - our deepest value: love.

America's story is one of great social achievement. From the abolitionists who fought to outlaw slavery, to the suffragettes who championed women's right to vote, to the civil rights proponents who battled segregation and institutionalized white supremacy, to the proponents of the women's movement and gay rights seeking equality for all, citizens for generations have risen up to fulfill the promise of our nation. Over the course of America's history, these activists have both embodied and enacted the nation's deepest values.

Today, America is once again is in turmoil. A spiritual cancer of fear threatens to undo the progress we have achieved. Discord and hatred are dissolving our communal bonds and undermining the spirit of social responsibility - the duty we feel toward one another. In this powerful spiritual manifesto, Marianne Williamson offers a tonic for this cultural malignancy. She urges us to imitate the heroes of our past and live out our deepest spiritual commitment: where some have sown hatred, let us now sow love.

Williamson argues that we must do more than respond to external political issues. We must address the deeper, internal causes that have led to this current dysfunction. We need a new, whole-person politics of love that stems not just from the head but from the heart, not just from intellectual understanding but from a genuine affection for one another. By committing to love, we will make a meaningful contribution to the joyful, fierce, and disruptive energies that are rising at this critical point in time. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "we must think anew, and act anew...and then we shall save our country".

The Success Lie: 5 Simple Truths to Overcome Overwhelm and Achieve Peace of Mind [Audiobook]

The Success Lie: 5 Simple Truths to Overcome Overwhelm and Achieve Peace of Mind [Audiobook]
The Success Lie: 5 Simple Truths to Overcome Overwhelm and Achieve Peace of Mind [Audiobook] by Janelle Bruland, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 4h 28m | 124.6MB

Have you bought into lie about success which constantly requires more, more, and more? To achieve success, you must do more, work more hours, and take on more responsibilities. If so, you're probably experiencing a roller-coaster ride of mixed results: being on top of the world one moment and crashing to earth at lightning speed the next.

The Success Lie was written for you. You recognize the gap between where you are now and your highest potential but don't want to sacrifice your sanity to get there. Janelle Bruland has built a formidable bridge over that gap, proving that you can be successful in the business world and maintain balance in your personal life without constantly feeling overwhelmed.

You know that everything in life is a result of the choices you've made. Yet, you're wondering if you're making the right choices. The proven strategies you will learn in this book will show you how to step away from the modern world's path to success and create a life of fulfillment - one where you are aligned in your values, living your purpose, loving your work, and positively impacting your family.

  • Determine what's truly important to you and then live by those priorities.
  • Recognize what's gotten in the way of your success and take proactive steps to become a better (and happier) version of yourself.
  • Discover strategies to overcome overwhelm.

Take back your life! Stop allowing societal pressures to tell you what matters. Get back on the path to fulfillment and do it your way! Live your purpose. Love your work. Positively impact everyone around you.

Don't buy into the lie anymore. You have the choice. Your choices start today.

Included in The Success Lie are resources and tools which will help you in designing your own Success Plan. Access a downloadable workbook to apply these ideas to your life.

Mergers & Acquisitions for Dummies [Audiobook]

Mergers & Acquisitions for Dummies [Audiobook]
Mergers & Acquisitions for Dummies [Audiobook] by Bill Snow, read by Steven Jay Cohen
2019 | M4B@64 kbps | 14 hours | 381.79MB

Are you a business owner or executive thinking about selling a division, a subsidiary, or the entire company? Or are you thinking about how you may be able to grow your business by merging with or acquiring other companies? Or are you a student thinking about making a career in an industry related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A)?

In other words, if you are looking for a plain-language, no-nonsense guide about how mergers and acquisitions can affect your company and career, you've found your audiobook!

Mergers & Acquisitions for Dummies is your insider's handbook about the practice of buying and selling companies. It explains the entire M&A process step-by-step, introduces you to industry-specific terms and acronyms, details the documents used when buying or selling a company, discusses valuation techniques, reveals insights about how to finance deals, provides real-world examples of how to structure transactions and bridge valuation gaps between buyer and seller, and gives you the basic tools you will need to successfully close M&A transactions. Plus, you'll get expert advice on identifying and contacting potential M&A targets, performing due diligence, drafting the purchase agreement, and integrating new employees after the deal closes.