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

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.


Author: Benjamin Kunkel
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1588364852
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Benjamin Kunkel’s brilliantly comic debut novel concerns one of the central maladies of our time–a pathological indecision that turns abundance into an affliction and opportunity into a curse. Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he’s having a midlife crisis. Of course, living a dissolute, dorm like existence in a tiny apartment and working in tech support at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are not especially conducive to wisdom. And a few sessions of psychoanalysis conducted by his sister have distinctly failed to help with his biggest problem: a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental pharmaceutical meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some meditation on the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is “pfired” from Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble–well, one of the troubles–is that Dwight can’t decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge. How to affirm happiness without living in constant denial of the ways of the world? How to commit, and to what? At once funny and poignant, gentle and outrageous, finely intelligent and proudly silly, Indecision rings with a voice of great energy and originality, while its deeper inquiries reflect the concerns and style of a generation. "Here’s what Indecision gives you: sustained social and intellectual comedy, possibly the last but certainly the funniest Superfluous Man in modern literature, drive-by satire, plus detailed set-piece send-ups of Young Adult colgrads at work and play. The mockery is humane. The tale of Dwight Wilmerding is told with style and care. And there’s a surprising ending. Benjamin Kunkel, welcome!" –Norman Rush, author of Mating From the Hardcover edition.

Hamas Contained

Author: Tareq Baconi
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 1503605817
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Hamas rules Gaza and the lives of the two million Palestinians who live there. Demonized in media and policy debates, various accusations and critical assumptions have been used to justify extreme military action against Hamas. The reality of Hamas is, of course, far more complex. Neither a democratic political party nor a terrorist group, Hamas is a multifaceted liberation organization, one rooted in the nationalist claims of the Palestinian people. Hamas Contained offers the first history of the group on its own terms. Drawing on interviews with organization leaders, as well as publications from the group, Tareq Baconi maps Hamas's thirty-year transition from fringe military resistance towards governance. He breaks new ground in questioning the conventional understanding of Hamas and shows how the movement's ideology ultimately threatens the Palestinian struggle and, inadvertently, its own legitimacy. Hamas's reliance on armed struggle as a means of liberation has failed in the face of a relentless occupation designed to fragment the Palestinian people. As Baconi argues, under Israel's approach of managing rather than resolving the conflict, Hamas's demand for Palestinian sovereignty has effectively been neutralized by its containment in Gaza. This dynamic has perpetuated a deadlock characterized by its brutality—and one that has made permissible the collective punishment of millions of Palestinian civilians.

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.

Overcoming Indecision

Author: Walter Rollin
ISBN: 9780981951003
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Every person has struggled with making a decision at some point in life. For some, decisions large and small can seem overwhelming. If you are challenged by making choices in your life, this powerful book will give you the skills needed to take the pain out of the decision-making process and live a fuller, more productive life. You will learn how to: [Approach decisions with a different perspective [Make positive choices that improve the quality of your life [Deal with the judgment of others [Stop making excuses and instead take action [Put time in perspective and make the most of each moment [Live without regrets or fear [Overcome procrastination [Turn a difficult circumstance into a positive outcome [Give yourself permission to change your mind [Make peace with decisions that didnt produce the intended results [Take risks that can improve your life [Develop your own decision-making style Imagine what it feels like to live a confident, peaceful life without the weight of decisions on your shoulders. If you are ready to end the struggle with indecision so that you can make choices that move your life forward, this book has the answers you have been waiting for. About the Author: Dr. Walter Rollin has been a marriage and family therapist for over 35 years. He offers his popular Decisions, Decisions workshops and maintains an active therapy practice in Sacramento, California. Visit his website at

The Power of Decision

Author: Raymond Charles Barker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 158542854X
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Explains how to become more decisive, how the subconscious mind affects decision-making processes, and how to make better decisions