A Short History of the World According to Sheep [Audiobook]

A Short History of the World According to Sheep [Audiobook]
A Short History of the World According to Sheep [Audiobook]
Author: Sally Coulthard | Narrator: Karen Cass
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 14 minutes | 173.36MB

An addictively free-ranging survey of the massive impact that the domesticated ungulates of the genus Ovis have had on human history.

From the plains of ancient Mesopotamia to the rolling hills of medieval England to the vast sheep farms of modern-day Australia, sheep have been central to the human story.

Starting with our Neolithic ancestors' first forays into sheep-rearing nearly 10,000 years ago, these remarkable animals have fed us, clothed us, changed our diet and languages, helped us to win wars, decorated our homes and financed the conquest of large swathes of the earth. Enormous fortunes and new, society-changing industries have been made from the fleeces of sheep and cities shaped by shepherds' markets and meat trading.

Sally Coulthard weaves the rich and fascinating story of sheep into a vivid and colourful tapestry, thickly threaded with engaging anecdotes and remarkable ovine facts, whose multiple strands reflect the deep penetration of these woolly animals into every aspect of human society and culture.

On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]

On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]
On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Sarah Chayes
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 49 minutes | 355.93MB

From the prize-winning journalist, internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

A major, unflinching book that looks homeward to America, exploring the insidious, dangerous networks of corruption of our past, present, and precarious future.

Now, bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Corruption, as Chayes sees it, is an operating system of sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public but to maximize returns for network members.

From the titans of America's Gilded Age (Carnegie, Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, et al.) to the collapse of the stock market in 1929, the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal; from Joe Kennedy's years of banking, bootlegging, machine politics, and pursuit of infinite wealth, as well as the Kennedy presidency, to the deregulation of the Reagan Revolution, undermining the middle class and the unions; from the Clinton policies of political favors and personal enrichment to Trump's hydra-headed network of corruption, systematically undoing the Constitution and our laws, Chayes shows how corrupt systems are organized, how they enforce the rules so their crimes are covered legally, how they are overlooked and downplayed - shrugged off with a roll of the eyes - by the richer and better educated, how they become an overt principle determining the shape of our government, affecting all levels of society.

The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society [Audiobook]

The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society [Audiobook]
The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Debra Soh
2020 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 38 minutes | 420.58MB

International sex researcher, neuroscientist, and columnist Debra Soh debunks popular gender myths in this fascinating, research-based, scientific examination of the many facets of gender identity.

Is our gender something we’re born with, or are we conditioned by society? In The End of Gender, neuroscientist and sexologist Dr. Debra Soh uses a research-based approach to address this hot-button topic, unmasking popular misconceptions about the nature vs. nurture debate and exploring what it means to be a woman or a man in today’s society.

Both scientific and objective and drawing on original research and carefully conducted interviews, Soh tackles a wide range of issues, such as gender-neutral parenting, gender dysphoric children, and and the neuroscience of being transgender. She debates today’s accepted notion that gender is a social construct and a spectrum and challenges the idea that there is no difference between how male and female brains operate.

The End of Gender is a conversation-starting work that will challenge what you thought you knew about gender, identity, and everything in between. Timely, informative, and provocative, it will arm you with the facts you need to come to your own conclusions about gender identity and its place in the world today.

Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future [Audiobook]

Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future [Audiobook]
Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future [Audiobook]
Author: Thomas M Kostigen | Narrator: Johnathan McClain
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hours and 38 minutes | 265.88MB

An exploration of the cutting-edge technology that will enable us to confront the realities of climate change.

For decades scientists and environmentalists have sounded the alarm about the effects of global warming. We are now past the tipping point. As floods, storms, and extreme temperatures become our daily reality, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" efforts aren't enough anymore. In Hacking Planet Earth, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Kostigen takes listeners to the frontlines of geoengineering projects that scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and other visionaries around the world are developing to solve the problems associated with climate change.

From giant parasols hovering above the Earth to shield us from an unforgiving sun, to lasers shooting up into clouds to coax out much-needed water, Kostigen introduces listeners to this inspiring work and the people who are spearheading it. These futurist, far- thinking, world-changing ideas will save us, and Hacking Planet Earth offers listeners their new vision for the future.

Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature [Audiobook]

Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature [Audiobook]
Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature [Audiobook]
Author: Sajah Popham | Narrator: Alan Irving
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 16 hours and 7 minutes | 881.17MB

Weaving together herbal and medical traditions from around the world into a singular cohesive model, this groundbreaking audiobook guides herbal practitioners to a comprehensive understanding of the practice and philosophy of healing with herbs.

Sajah Popham presents an innovative approach to herbalism that considers the holistic relationship among plants, humans, and the underlying archetypal patterns in nature. Organized in five parts moving from the microcosmic to the universal, this work explores a unique integration of clinical herbalism, Ayurveda, medical astrology, spagyric alchemy, and medical and esoteric traditions from across the world into a truly holistic system of plant medicine.

A balance of the heart and the mind, the science and spirit of people and plants, Evolutionary Herbalism provides a holistic context for how plants can be used for transformational levels of healing for the body, spirit, and soul. For both the student herbalist and experienced practitioner, Popham's original perspectives guide listeners to a more intimate, synergistic, and intuitive relationship with the plant kingdom, people, and nature as a whole.

After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back [EPUB]

After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back [EPUB]
After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back by Juliet B Schor
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780520325050 | 1.5MB

When the “sharing economy” launched a decade ago, proponents claimed that it would transform the experience of work—giving earners flexibility, autonomy, and a decent income. It was touted as a cure for social isolation and rampant ecological degradation. But this novel form of gig work soon sprouted a dark side: exploited Uber drivers, neighborhoods ruined by Airbnb, racial discrimination, and rising carbon emissions. Several of the most prominent platforms are now faced with existential crises as they prioritize growth over fairness and long-term viability.

Nevertheless, the basic model—a peer-to-peer structure augmented by digital tech—holds the potential to meet its original promises. Based on nearly a decade of pioneering research, After the Gig dives into what went wrong along the way to this contemporary reimagining of labor. The book examines multiple types of data from thirteen cases to identify the unique features and potential of sharing platforms that prior research has failed to identify. Juliet B. Schor presents a compelling case that we can engineer a reboot: through regulatory reforms and cooperative platforms owned and controlled by users, an equitable and actual sharing economy is still possible.

The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution [EPUB]

The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution [EPUB]
The Bloody Flag: Mutiny in the Age of Atlantic Revolution (California World History Library) by Niklas Frykman
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780520355477 | 6.18MB

Mutiny tore like wildfire through the wooden warships of the age of revolution. While commoners across Europe laid siege to the nobility and enslaved workers put the torch to plantation islands, out on the oceans, naval seamen by the tens of thousands turned their guns on the quarterdeck and overthrew the absolute rule of captains. By the early 1800s, anywhere between one-third and one-half of all naval seamen serving in the North Atlantic had participated in at least one mutiny, many of them in several, and some even on ships in different navies.

In The Bloody Flag, historian Niklas Frykman explores in vivid prose how a decade of violent conflict onboard gave birth to a distinct form of radical politics that brought together the egalitarian culture of North Atlantic maritime communities with the revolutionary era’s constitutional republicanism. The attempt to build a radical maritime republic failed, but the red flag that flew from the masts of mutinous ships survived to become the most enduring global symbol of class struggle, economic justice, and republican liberty to this day.

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell [EPUB]

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell [EPUB]
Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell by Corbin Reiff
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781642932157 | 3.15MB

The first comprehensive biography of iconic singer-songwriter Chris Cornell.

Total F*cking Godhead is the complete story of the complex and enigmatic artist, Chris Cornell. It’s the riveting account of a blue collar, high-school dropout emerging from Seattle, Washington to become one of the greatest singer-songwriters and voices of his generation. With input from people who knew and worked with him—together with Cornell’s own words—the book recounts in great detail the rise of his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the ’90s alongside other Seattle bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.

Long-time Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff examines Cornell’s dynamic solo career as well as his time in Audioslave. He delves into his hard-fought battle with addiction, as well as the supercharged reunion with the band that made him famous before everything ended tragically.

This is the story of an artist who channeled his own inner turmoil into songs that touched the hearts of millions around the world and turned Chris Cornell into one of music’s greatest icons.

Dementia: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Dementia: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Dementia: A Very Short Introduction by Kathleen Taylor
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198825784 | 1.1MB

As more of us live longer, the fear of an old age devastated by brain diseases like dementia is growing. Many people are already facing the challenges posed by these progressive and terminal conditions, whether in person or because they are caring for loved ones. Dementia is now the fifth most common cause of death across the world. It is a small wonder that understanding, preventing, and finally curing these illnesses is now a global priority.

Recent advances in brain research have given scientists a better chance than ever of finding ways to help patients, carers, and clinicians dealing with dementia. Yet there is still no effective treatment. Why has progress been so slow? And what can we all do to reduce our chances of getting the disease? In this Very Short Introduction Kathleen Taylor offers a guide to the science of dementia and brain ageing. Never forgetting the human costs of brain disorders - movingly illustrated throughout the book - she also discusses their costs to society. Clearly explaining the research, she sets out the main ideas which have driven dementia science, and the new contenders hoping to make a breakthrough. Taylor also looks at risk factors, and how to lower our chances of succumbing to dementia. Assessing current and potential treatments, including both drugs and other approaches, she explains, clearly and gently, what help is available for someone who is diagnosed with dementia, and how to boost the chances of living well with the condition.

Llewellyn's 2021 Herbal Almanac: A Practical Guide to Growing, Cooking & Crafting [EPUB]

Llewellyn's 2021 Herbal Almanac: A Practical Guide to Growing, Cooking & Crafting [EPUB]
Llewellyn's 2021 Herbal Almanac: A Practical Guide to Growing, Cooking & Crafting
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780738754826 | 6.49MB

Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac offers a wide variety of practical ideas on how to benefit from nature's most versatile plants. With hands-on projects, fresh ideas, and tips and techniques, this guide is designed for herb enthusiasts of all skill levels. It also features innovative herbal ideas that span gardening, cooking, crafts, health, beauty, history, and lore. This year's edition also includes profiles for ginger, rhubarb, chamomile, sunflower, and comfrey and articles on:

Aromatics for Nervous, Respiratory, and Digestive Systems • Edible Wild Herbs and Grasses • Swedish Princess Cake with Matcha • Chewable Herbal Pills • Late-Season Herb Gardening • Italian Citrus Fruits • Soup Garden • Tinctures • Crafting with Recycled Materials • Herbal Bath Recipes • The Gardens of Pompeii • Gourmet Herbal Sandwiches • Conservation Plants • Homemade Herbal Scrubs • And Much More

Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World [PDF]

Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World [PDF]
Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World by David Macaulay
2020 | PDF | ISBN: 9781465491466 | 64.5MB

David Macaulay's troupe of curious mammoths lead you through the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry in this unconventional and highly original guide to science.

From the interior of an atom to the solar system and beyond, the mammoths seek to understand the science! These intrepid science demonstrators will go to incredible lengths to educate and entertain. They wrestle with magnets to understand their powerful force, make mammoth models of different materials explore what gives them mass, and step into an X-ray machine to reveal the bones beneath their woolly exterior.

Observing and recording the mammoth's behavior is bestselling illustrator David Macaulay, whose How Machines Work won the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2016. Renowned for his ability to explain complex ideas with simple genius, Macaulay captures the oddball humor of his subject matter, making Macaulay's Mammoth Science the perfect introduction to scientific principles for the young and the young-at-heart.

The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies [EPUB]

The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies [EPUB]
The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies by Guillaume Pitron, translated by Bianca Jacobsohn
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781950354313 | 1.09MB

Is the shift to renewable energy and digital devices going to free us from severe pollution, material shortages, and military tensions?

Rare metals are essential to electric vehicles, fighter jets, wind turbines, and solar panels, and also to our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. But consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or the environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs of this dependence.

This book reveals the dark side of the world that awaits us. It is an undercover tale of a technological odyssey that has promised much, and a look behind the scenes. Behind it all lurks China, which has captured the lion’s share of the ownership and processing of rare metals we now can’t do without. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book shows that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence―on rare metals that have become vital to our new ecological and digital society.

The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914-1945 [EPUB]

The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914-1945 [EPUB]
The World Aflame: A New History of War and Revolution: 1914-1945 by Dan Jones, Marina Amaral
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781643132228 | 126.42MB

A bestselling historian and a brilliant artist have combined their talents to create a stunning visual history of global war and revolution from 1914 to 1945.

Dan Jones and Marina Amaral tell the epic, harrowing, and world-changing story—in narrative form with colorized images—of global conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the obliteration of Hiroshima by the first atom bomb.

The World Aflame embraces not only the total conflagrations of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 and the tensions, ideologies and economic forces that set them in motion, but also the revolutions in Russia; civil wars in Ireland and Spain; American interventions in Latin America, colonial wars in Morocco, Ethiopia, and Palestine; and events on the domestic ‘fronts’ of the belligerent nations.

A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen and informative words, The World Aflame offers a moving—and often terrifying—perspective on the bloodiest century in human history.

Data Management at Scale: Best Practices for Enterprise Architecture [EPUB]

Data Management at Scale: Best Practices for Enterprise Architecture [EPUB]
Data Management at Scale: Best Practices for Enterprise Architecture by Piethein Strengholt
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781492054788 | 9.67MB

As data management and integration continue to evolve rapidly, storing all your data in one place, such as a data warehouse, is no longer scalable. In the very near future, data will need to be distributed and available for several technological solutions. With this practical book, you’ll learnhow to migrate your enterprise from a complex and tightly coupled data landscape to a more flexible architecture ready for the modern world of data consumption.

Executives, data architects, analytics teams, and compliance and governance staff will learn how to build a modern scalable data landscape using the Scaled Architecture, which you can introduce incrementally without a large upfront investment. Author Piethein Strengholt provides blueprints, principles, observations, best practices, and patterns to get you up to speed.

  • Examine data management trends, including technological developments, regulatory requirements, and privacy concerns
  • Go deep into the Scaled Architecture and learn how the pieces fit together
  • Explore data governance and data security, master data management, self-service data marketplaces, and the importance of metadata

The Islam Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained [EPUB/PDF]

The Islam Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained [EPUB/PDF]
The Islam Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
2020 | EPUB/PDF | ISBN: 9781465491480 | 83.81/374.96MB

This comprehensive, accessible, and authenticated guide to Islam is essential to understanding the world's fastest-growing religion.

This essential guide to Islam covers every aspect of the Muslim faith and its history - from the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the teachings of the Koran to Islam in the 21st century. Celebrating the scientific, literary, and artistic achievements of the Islamic Golden Age and the ideas of philosophers and theologians across the centuries, it opens a window on the Islamic world.

Clear factual writing offers insight into terms like Sharia law, the Caliphate, and jihad; Sunni and Shia divisions; and Sufi poetry and music. Images of Islamic art, architecture, calligraphy, and historical artifacts illustrate the articles while the Big Ideas' trademark infographics and flowcharts explore and explain the central tenets of Islam, such as prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage.

Modern issues such as fundamentalism are discussed in context alongside the work of peaceful traditionalists, modernizers, and women's rights campaigners, among others. Packed with inspiring quotations and bold illustrations, The Islam Book is an invaluable source of information both for members of one of the world's major religions and readers looking for a clear unbiased guide to the meaning of this faith.

Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News [EPUB]

Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News [EPUB]
Fact vs Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News by Jennifer LaGarde, Darren Hudgins
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781564847041 | 5.24MB

The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a profound effect not only on how we get our news, but also on how we evaluate sources of information, share that information and interact with others in online communities. When these issues are coupled with the “fake news” industry that intentionally spreads false stories designed to go viral, educators are left facing a new and challenging landscape. This book will help them address these new realities.

Fact vs. Fiction provides educators with tools and resources to help students discern fact from fiction in the information they access not only at school, but on the devices they carry in their pockets and backpacks.

French Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

French Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
French Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Gaukroger, Knox Peden
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198829171 | 0.45MB

French culture is unique in that philosophy has played a significant role from the early-modern period onwards, intimately associated with political, religious, and literary debates, as well as with epistemological and scientific ones. While Latin was the language of learning there was a universal philosophical literature, but with the rise of vernacular literatures things changed and a distinctive national form of philosophy arose in France.

This Very Short Introduction covers French philosophy from its origins in the sixteenth century up to the present, analysing it within its social, political, and cultural context. Beginning with psychology and epistemology, Stephen Gaukroger and Knox Peden then move onto the emergence of radical philosophy in the eighteenth century, before considering post-revolutionary philosophy in the nineteenth century, philosophy in the world wars, the radical thought of the 1960s, and finally French philosophy today. Throughout, they explore the dilemma sustained by the markedly national conception of French philosophy, and its history of speaking out on matters of universal concern.

The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work [EPUB]

The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work [EPUB]
The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work by Kelly Small
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781487008024 | 1.08MB

An actionable guide to mindfulness and practical ethics for any creative professional who wants to make a living without selling their soul.

It can be difficult to live according to our values in a complicated world. At a time when capitalism seems most unforgiving but the need for paying work remains high, it is important to learn how we can be more mindful and intentional about our impact ― personal, social, economic, and environmental.

As designer and creative director Kelly Small had to do to navigate a crisis of ethics and burnout in their career in advertising, we can admit our complicity in problematic systems and take on the responsibility of letting our own conscience guide our decisions.

Start with one or many of these 100+ rigorously researched, ultra-practical action steps:

  • Co-create and collaborate
  • Get obsessed with accessibility
  • Demand diverse teams
  • Commit to self-care
  • Make ethics a competitive edge
  • Be mindful of privilege
  • Create for empowerment, not exploitation

With a humorous and irreverent tone, Small reveals how when we release unnecessary judgement and become action-oriented, we can clarify the complicated business of achieving an ethical practice in the creative industries. Discover the power of incremental, positive changes in our daily work-lives and the fulfillment of purposeful work.

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs [EPUB]

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs [EPUB]
The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus
2014 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780300187373 | 2.11MB

One of our finest critics gives us an altogether original history of rock ’n’ roll

Unlike all previous versions of rock ’n’ roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out—a new language, something new under the sun.

“Transmission” by Joy Division. “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus’s hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices. This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism—and its most gifted and incisive practitioner—is destined to become an enduring classic.

Implementing Cryptography Using Python [EPUB]

Implementing Cryptography Using Python [EPUB]
Implementing Cryptography Using Python by Shannon W. Bray
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119612209 | 22.89MB

Learn to deploy proven cryptographic tools in your applications and services

Cryptography is, quite simply, what makes security and privacy in the digital world possible. Tech professionals, including programmers, IT admins, and security analysts, need to understand how cryptography works to protect users, data, and assets. Implementing Cryptography Using Python will teach you the essentials, so you can apply proven cryptographic tools to secure your applications and systems. Because this book uses Python, an easily accessible language that has become one of the standards for cryptography implementation, you’ll be able to quickly learn how to secure applications and data of all kinds.

In this easy-to-read guide, well-known cybersecurity expert Shannon Bray walks you through creating secure communications in public channels using public-key cryptography. You’ll also explore methods of authenticating messages to ensure that they haven’t been tampered with in transit. Finally, you’ll learn how to use digital signatures to let others verify the messages sent through your services.

  • Learn how to implement proven cryptographic tools, using easy-to-understand examples written in Python
  • Discover the history of cryptography and understand its critical importance in today’s digital communication systems
  • Work through real-world examples to understand the pros and cons of various authentication methods
  • Protect your end-users and ensure that your applications and systems are using up-to-date cryptography

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth & Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence [EPUB]

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth & Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence [EPUB]
Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth & Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780300223576 | 2.02MB

An “intriguing, insightful” look at how algorithms and robots could lead to social unrest—and how to avoid it (The Economist, Books of the Year).

After decades of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. Society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, driven by advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure—but as AI expert and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan warns, the transition may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern developed world: volatile labor markets and income inequality.

In Humans Need Not Apply, he proposes innovative, free-market adjustments to our economic system and social policies to avoid an extended period of social turmoil. His timely and accessible analysis of the promises and perils of AI is a must-read for business leaders and policy makers on both sides of the aisle.

Retrain Your Anxious Brain: Practical and Effective Tools to Conquer Anxiety [EPUB]

Retrain Your Anxious Brain: Practical and Effective Tools to Conquer Anxiety [EPUB]
Retrain Your Anxious Brain: Practical and Effective Tools to Conquer Anxiety by John Tsilimparis, Daylle Deanna Schwartz
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780373892914 | 0.42MB

Feeling overwhelmed? Worried about your day-to-day life? Trapped inside negative thought patterns?

Find simple, but effective strategies for dealing with stress and learn to control anxiety before it begins. Brought to you by the brilliant minds of respected LA psychotherapist John Tsilimparis, MFT and self-empowerment counselor Daylle Deanna Schwartz.

Trouble sleeping, panic attacks, knots in your stomach, excessive worry, doubts, phobias—anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, and affects millions of people. But you don’t have to suffer anymore. In Retrain Your Anxious Brain, renowned therapist and anxiety expert John Tsilimparis, MFT, shares the groundbreaking program he’s created to help hundreds of people (himself included) free themselves from crippling anxiety and live healthier, happier lives.

Rather than just treating or masking symptoms, Tsilimparis’s innovative approach helps you identify and short-circuit anxiety triggers, so that you can stop anxiety before it starts. This customizable plan teaches you how to:

  • Short-circuit negative thinking
  • Change your response to anxiety triggers
  • Alter fixed thoughts that can cause anxiety
  • Adjust your existing personal belief systems
  • Challenge the idea of consensus reality
  • Balance your dualistic mind
  • Consciously create your own reality
  • Customize a program that works for you!

A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva [EPUB]

A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva [EPUB]
A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, translated by Christopher Stagg
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781559394918 | 5.52MB

A fresh translation and commentary to Tibet's most famous text on living like a bodhisattva

Who are bodhisattvas and what do they practice? In the fourteenth century, the Tibetan Buddhist master Gyalse Tokmé Zangpo answered these questions in a now classic teaching called the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text, consisting of inspiring verses distilling the entire Mahayana path of compassion, continues to inspire modern-day Buddhist masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

One of the most important commentaries on the Thirty-Seven Practices is by the twentieth-century master Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, known as the Buddha of Dza Rongphu, and is translated here along with associated meditation instructions for the first time. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who requested this translation by Christopher Stagg, provides an informative overview to the history of the text and commentary, introducing the reader to the world of one of Tibet's most widely studied texts.

Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion [Audiobook]

Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion [Audiobook]
Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion [Audiobook]
Author: Barbara H. Rosenwein | Narrator: Jennifer Jill Araya
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 49 minutes | 215.17MB

Tracing the story of anger from the Buddha to Twitter, Rosenwein provides a much-needed account of our changing and contradictory understandings of this emotion

All of us think we know when we are angry, and we are sure we can recognize anger in others as well. But this is only superficially true. We see anger through lenses colored by what we know, experience, and learn.

Barbara H. Rosenwein traces our many conflicting ideas about and expressions of anger, taking the story from the Buddha to our own time, from anger's complete rejection to its warm reception. Rosenwein explores how anger has been characterized by gender and race, why it has been tied to violence and how that is often a false connection, how it has figured among the seven deadly sins and yet is considered a virtue, and how its interpretation, once largely the preserve of philosophers and theologians, has been gradually handed over to scientists - with very mixed results. Rosenwein shows that the history of anger can help us grapple with it today.

The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook, 10th Anniversary Edition [EPUB]

The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook, 10th Anniversary Edition [EPUB]
The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: 150 Delicious Recipes Using Favorite Ingredients from the Greatest Grocery Store in the World by Cherie Mercer Twohy
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781646040476 | 66.92MB

Discover the countless meals you can make with your favorite Trader Joe's products, including low-carb, keto-friendly recipes, sweet treats, vegetarian and vegan ideas, party-ready appetizers and snacks, and much more!

Both budget-friendly and delicious, we all love Trader Joe's! So why not explore your love for this beloved grocery store with the creative and mouthwatering recipes in The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook? From hors d’oeuvres and appetizers for the perfect party to restaurant-worthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, you’ll be surprised at the amazing meals you can make after a quick trip to Trader Joe's, including:

  • Apple sausage and cheddar bites
  • Brie and pear galette
  • Chile and crab chowder
  • Lamb loin with pomegranate reduction
  • Margarita pork chops

The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can't Stop Saying It [EPUB]

The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can't Stop Saying It [EPUB]
The Apology Impulse: How the Business World Ruined Sorry and Why We Can't Stop Saying It by Cary Cooper, Sean O'Meara
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781789660340 | 1.53MB

Saying sorry is in crisis. On one hand there are anxious PR aficionados and social media teams dishing out apologies with alarming frequency. On the other there are people and organizations who have done truly terrible things issuing much-delayed statements of mild regret.

We have become addicted to apologies but immune from saying sorry.

In January 2018 there were 35 public apologies from high-profile organizations and individuals. That's more than one per day. Between them, in 2017, the likes of Facebook, Mercedes Benz and United Airlines issued over 2,000 words of apologies for their transgressions. Alarmingly, the word 'sorry' didn't appear once.

This perfectly timed book examines the psychology, motivations and even the economic rationale of giving an apology in the age of outrage culture and on-demand contrition. It reveals the tricks and techniques we all use to evade, reframe and divert from what we did and demonstrates how professionals do it best. Providing lessons for businesses and organizations, you'll find out how to give meaningful apologies and know when to say sorry, or not say it at all.

The Apology Impulse is the perfect playbook for anyone - from social media executive through to online influencers and CEOs - who apologise way too much and say sorry far too infrequently.

Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business [EPUB]

Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business [EPUB]
Blockchain Babel: The Crypto Craze and the Challenge to Business by Igor Pejic
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780749497989 | 1.9MB

Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. According to Santander, it could save financial institutions $15-20bn a year from 2022 onward. Most experts see an unprecedented potential, but many banks, payment processors and credit card companies fret that bitcoin entrepreneurs could cast a pall over their core business. Whatever the position of blockchain, many voices are shouting from different angles, creating a cacophony of confusion including tech-evangelists, anarcho-libertarians, and industry experts. But while everybody in IT and banking seems to have an opinion on the blockchain, there is little systematic research, no strategic analysis. Blockchain Babel is the ultimate guide to the most disruptive technology to have entered the finance industry in recent years.

Blockchain Babel looks at blockchain alongside innovation diffusion, competitive dynamics and management strategy. Shortlisted as one of the three best business book proposals by McKinsey and the Financial Times for the Bracken Bower Prize in 2016, this is a must-read for business leaders and aspiring leaders wanting to grasp blockchain and put it into context and understand the practical implications it may have.

Dealing with Difficult People: Fast, Effective Strategies for Handling Problem People, 4th Edition [EPUB]

Dealing with Difficult People: Fast, Effective Strategies for Handling Problem People, 4th Edition [EPUB]
Dealing with Difficult People: Fast, Effective Strategies for Handling Problem People (Creating Success), 4th Edition by Roy Lilley
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780749498795 | 6.34MB

Dealing with Difficult People will help you navigate the bullies, nit-pickers, manipulators and complainers who drive you mad at work. With example dialogue, techniques and tips, it will help you avoid horrible situations and keep your cool.

By understanding the motives and individual behaviours of difficult people, you can learn to manage aggression, reduce awkwardness and remain the better person. Updated for 2019, this 4th edition of the best-selling Dealing with Difficult People features practical exercises, useful templates, and top tips you need to get the best out of the worst, including how to deal with difficult customers, dealing with difficult people in the digital sphere, advice on beating bullies at their own game and how to deal with a boss who drives you barmy.

Agile Transformation: Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age [EPUB]

Agile Transformation: Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age [EPUB]
Agile Transformation: Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781789660272 | 2.67MB

Traditional organizational structures and cultures are no longer fit for purpose in a digitally empowered world. The number of new and disruptive technologies is increasing, the speed of change shows no sign of slowing down and business leaders and organization development practitioners need to act urgently to enable their companies to succeed in the digital age. Agile Transformation is the much-needed guide to achieving this success. Packed full of practical advice, this book covers everything: why new operating models are needed, how to apply agile principles at scale, leveraging digital-native processes and why change managers need to think big but start small.

Agile Transformation also looks at how to build and engage high-performing teams for change, how to tackle the employee mindset that can hinder agile adoption and why developing an agile business is not a reason to fail to plan. There is also guidance on how to develop fast and focused high-velocity decision making, build momentum for change, and ensure that leadership behaviours and organizational culture catalyse true organizational agility. Featuring case studies from organizations including Amazon, Netflix and Vodafone, this book is crucial reading for businesses wanting to effectively compete in the new world of work.

Develop Your Leadership Skills: Fast, Effective Ways to Become a Leader People Want to Follow, 4th Edition [EPUB]

Develop Your Leadership Skills: Fast, Effective Ways to Become a Leader People Want to Follow, 4th Edition [EPUB]
Develop Your Leadership Skills: Fast, Effective Ways to Become a Leader People Want to Follow (Creating Success), 4th Edition by John Adair
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780749498801 | 3.21MB

Develop Your Leadership Skills is leadership guru John Adair's most accessible title on leadership. This essential pocket guide will boost your confidence levels, inspire you and guide you on your journey to becoming a leader of excellence. Acknowledged as a world expert, John Adair offers stimulating insights into recognizing and developing individual leadership qualities, acquiring personal authority and, most importantly, mastering core leadership functions such as planning, communicating and motivating.

Fully updated for 2019, this 4th edition now features even more practical exercises, useful templates, and top tips to improve or develop your leadership skills, this guide distils the essence of John Adair's teaching and provides a framework for becoming an effective leader.