Indecision Points

Author: Daniel E. Zoughbie
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 026202733X
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A riveting account examines the major assumptions underpinning U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East during the Bush years, offering original insights and drawing on interviews with 45 global leaders, including Colin Powell, Salam Fayyad and Condoleezza Rice.

So Human a Brain

Author: HARRINGTON
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461203910
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WALTER A. ROSENBLITH Footnotes to the Recent History of Neuroscience: Personal Reflections and Microstories The workshop upon which this volume is based offered me an opportunity to renew contact fairly painlessly with workers in the brain sciences, not just as a participant/observer but maybe as what might be called a teller of microstories. I had originally become curious about the brain by way of my wife's senior thesis, in which she attempted to relate electroencephalography to certain aspects of human behavior. As a then-budding physicist and communications engineer, I had barely heard about brain waves, nor had I studied physiology in a systematic way. My work on noise dealt with the effects of certain acoustical stimuli on biological structures and entire organisms. This was the period immediately after World War II when many scientists and engineers who had done applied work in the war effort were trying to find their way among the challenging new fields that were opening up. Francis Crick, among others, has described such a search taking place in the cafes of the "other" Cambridge, the one on the Cam. At that time the brain sciences, in his opinion, offered much less promise than molecular biology. However, he was sufficiently attracted by what they might eventually have to offer to keep an eye on them, and several decades later his work turned toward the brain.

Popular Science

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Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve their technology and their world. The core belief that Popular Science and our readers share: The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces that will help make it better.

The Scaffolding of Sovereignty

Author: Zvi Ben-Dor Benite
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231171870
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What is sovereignty? Often taken for granted or seen as the ideology of European states vying for supremacy and conquest, the concept of sovereignty remains underexamined both in the history of its practices and in its aesthetic and intellectual underpinnings. Using global intellectual history as a bridge between approaches, periods, and areas, The Scaffolding of Sovereignty deploys a comparative and theoretically rich conception of sovereignty to reconsider the different schemes on which it has been based or renewed, the public stages on which it is erected or destroyed, and the images and ideas on which it rests. The essays in The Scaffolding of Sovereignty reveal that sovereignty has always been supported, complemented, and enforced by a complex aesthetic and intellectual scaffolding. This collection takes a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the concept on a global scale, ranging from an account of a Manchu emperor building a mosque to a discussion of the continuing power of Lenin’s corpse, from an analysis of the death of kings in classical Greek tragedy to an exploration of the imagery of “the people” in the Age of Revolutions. Across seventeen chapters that closely study specific historical regimes and conflicts, the book’s contributors examine intersections of authority, power, theatricality, science and medicine, jurisdiction, rulership, human rights, scholarship, religious and popular ideas, and international legal thought that support or undermine different instances of sovereign power and its representations.

Into the Maelstrom Music Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom

Author: David Toop
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441102779
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In this first installment of acclaimed music writer David Toop's interdisciplinary and sweeping overview of free improvisation, Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom: Before 1970 introduces the philosophy and practice of improvisation (both musical and otherwise) within the historical context of the post-World War II era. Neither strictly chronological, or exclusively a history, Into the Maelstrom investigates a wide range of improvisational tendencies: from surrealist automatism to stream-of-consciousness in literature and vocalization; from the free music of Percy Grainger to the free improvising groups emerging out of the early 1960s (Group Ongaku, Nuova Consonanza, MEV, AMM, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble); and from free jazz to the strands of free improvisation that sought to distance itself from jazz. In exploring the diverse ways in which spontaneity became a core value in the early twentieth century as well as free improvisation's connection to both 1960s rock (The Beatles, Cream, Pink Floyd) and the era of post-Cagean indeterminacy in composition, Toop provides a definitive and all-encompassing exploration of free improvisation up to 1970, ending with the late 1960s international developments of free music from Roscoe Mitchell in Chicago, Peter Brötzmann in Berlin and Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam.

Exam Success

Author: David McIlroy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848600763
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'Sound advice for any student who wants to develop a systematic approach to their exam preparation, from motivation and confidence building to learning principles and memory techniques' - Careerscope, Autumn 2005 Doing well in exams at university is crucial to gaining a good degree. From the author of Studying at University, this new guide will equip students with all the tools they need to optimise their performance in exams. Packed with examples and practical exercises, the book explains key strategies for learning and revision. David McIlroy tackles problems ranging from confidence and motivation to anxiety control, to help develop the personal qualities which are vital for success. For anyone unsure why past exam results have not reflected their abilities, the book helps pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and gives advice on how to improve performance. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university.

Business Lessons for Success

Author: Antonio Paez
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557783720
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This book provides the reader with tips and techniques to improve business know-how. Its aim is to teach business lessons necessary for financial and business success that are not taught in school or everyday life, and are absolutely crucial for success. We are facing a time where lives are lost in a difficult war, foreclosures are rampant, job losses are prevalent, crime rates have increased, there are no funds to pay off debts, savings are disappearing due to falling stock prices, equity in real estate is evaporating as never before, food and gas costs are escalating, and insurance and taxes costs are jumping. These issues are coming into our lives all at once. While this book cannot offer a solution to the problems, the author does offer proven techniques from people that have been through the worst of times to succeed.

Unentschlossen

Author: Benjamin Kunkel
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827071488
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Unentschlossen ist der 28-jährige Dwight, und zwar chronisch, dabei stehen eine Menge Entscheidungen an: Er hat seinen Job beim Pharmakonzern Pfizer verloren, ob das mit Vaneetha etwas Ernstes ist, weiß er nicht, und selbst an der Kasse des Supermarktes wird er vor die Wahl gestellt zwischen Plastik- und Papiertüten. Laut Dwights Lieblingsphilosophen Otto Knittel ist Hinauszögern der Ersatz für Unsterblichkeit. Doch bald schlägt sein Mitbewohner Dan vor, Dwight solle sich als Proband für »Abulinix« zur Verfügung stellen, ein neues Mittel gegen Unentschlossenheit und womöglich die Lösung aller Probleme ...

Fraser s Magazine

Author: James Anthony Froude
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Contains the first printing of Sartor resartus, as well as other works by Thomas Carlyle.