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Weaponized Lies

Author : Daniel J. Levitin
ISBN : 9781524742225
Genre : Social Science
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Previously Published as A Field Guide to Lies We’re surrounded by fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. These lies are getting repeated. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get the American mind back on track. Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking that we need to know and share now. Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method. He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know. Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories. This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like “fringe theories,” “extreme views,” “alt truth,” and even “fake news” can literally be dangerous. Let's call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act.
Category: Social Science

Weaponized Lies Deluxe

Author : Daniel J. Levitin
ISBN : 9781524742270
Genre : Social Science
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This deluxe eBook (previously published as A Field Guide to Lies Deluxe) features six videos from Daniel Levitin, with more examples, anecdotes, and added visual guides. We’re surrounded by fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. These lies are getting repeated. New York Times bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows how to disarm these socially devastating inventions and get the American mind back on track. Here are the fundamental lessons in critical thinking that we need to know and share now. Investigating numerical misinformation, Daniel Levitin shows how mishandled statistics and graphs can give a grossly distorted perspective and lead us to terrible decisions. Wordy arguments on the other hand can easily be persuasive as they drift away from the facts in an appealing yet misguided way. The steps we can take to better evaluate news, advertisements, and reports are clearly detailed. Ultimately, Levitin turns to what underlies our ability to determine if something is true or false: the scientific method. He grapples with the limits of what we can and cannot know. Case studies are offered to demonstrate the applications of logical thinking to quite varied settings, spanning courtroom testimony, medical decision making, magic, modern physics, and conspiracy theories. This urgently needed book enables us to avoid the extremes of passive gullibility and cynical rejection. As Levitin attests: Truth matters. A post-truth era is an era of willful irrationality, reversing all the great advances humankind has made. Euphemisms like "fringe theories," "extreme views," "alt truth," and even "fake news" can literally be dangerous. Let's call lies what they are and catch those making them in the act.
Category: Social Science

America S Post Truth Phenomenon When Feelings And Opinions Trump Facts And Evidence

Author : C.G. Prado
ISBN : 9781440862731
Genre : Psychology
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This book presents absorbing and critical expert perspectives on the post-truth phenomenon that has infiltrated the US political system, media, and populace. • Analyzes Trump-administration-generated mistruths in a discussion of post-truth America • Presents varied concerns, perspectives, and thought-provoking topics in clear, accessible, and engaging words • Explains the historical and social circumstances that led to post-truth • Details why some people are more apt to embrace and spread post-truth • Outlines actions to defeat post-truth
Category: Psychology

This I Believe

Author : Jay Allison
ISBN : 1523607572
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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women,by Jay Allison
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The Organized Mind

Author : Daniel J. Levitin
ISBN : 9780698157224
Genre : Psychology
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New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details. The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.
Category: Psychology

This Is Your Brain On Music

Author : Daniel J. Levitin
ISBN : 1101218916
Genre : Science
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In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals: • How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world • Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre • That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise • How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.
Category: Science

Author : Bob Woodward
ISBN : 9789960543895
Genre : History
File Size : 71.39 MB
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"State of Denial feels all the more outraged for its measured, nonpartisan tones and relentless reporting. It is nothing less than a watershed.... The full story of the Iraq War will be told by historians....This book...will be at the top of their shelves as they proceed to the altar of judgment." -- Ted Widmer, The Washington Post Book World "Serious, densely, even exhaustively reported, and a real contribution to history in that it gives history what it most requires, first-person testimony....This is a primer on how the executive branch of the United States works, or rather doesn't work, in the early years of the 21st century." -- Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal "Never-before-reported nuggets in every chapter....It offers the most revealing in-the-room glimpse of the Bush administration that we have so far." -- Walter Shapiro, Salon.com "State of Denial is brimming with vivid details about White House meetings, critical phone calls, intelligence reports, and military affairs....Impressively detailed and eye-opening revelations about the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and its aftermath." -- Chuck Leddy, The Boston Globe "Woodward's book is packed with details about the gulf between the information the administration had and the picture it presented." -- USA Today "Woodward's trilogy on the Bush administration at war is essential, and compelling, reading." -- Foreign Affairs
Category: History

Author : Willem Middelkoop
ISBN : 9786035038652
Genre : Business & Economics
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يبدو أنّ تحوّل النظام المالي وشيك، على أنّ الحاجة كبيرة إلى آلية جديدة تنظمه قبل حلول 2020م، لقد أدركتْ الولايات المتحدة الخسارة التي سيمنى بها الدولار وموقعه كونه العملةٍ الاحتياطيةٍ للعالم منذ بداية أزمة الائتمان، وباشرت بالتخطيط لتحوّلٍ في سياساتها النقدية؛ سيأتي هذا التحوّل بما يضمن بقاء الولايات المتحدة في الصدارة وفقاً للمحللين؛ على أنّ النظام النقدي الجديد سيتيح لعملاتٍ أخرى مثل اليورو والرنمينبي الصيني أداء أدوارٍ أكثر أهميةً على الصعيد العالمي. وفي إطار الاستعداد للتحول القادم سيعود الذهب إلى موقعه الرائد كونه الركيزة الأساس في النظام المالي العالمي في المرحلة المقبلة، إذ تشير التوقعات إلى ارتفاع سعر الأونصة ليصبح 7,000 دولار. إنّ نظرةً على الماضي كفيلة بإدراك الغشاوة الأمريكية المحيطة بالذهب والدولار منذ زمن طويل، لكن قوى صاعدة مثل الصين وروسيا تراكمان كميات هائلة من احتياطات الذهب في مسعى منهما لأداء دورٍ أكبرٍ في الأيام المقبلة؛ حيث سيشكّل التحول القادم صدمةً لكثيرين، إلا أنّه سيكون في خدمة أولئك الذين حضّروا أنفسهم له بشكل جيد. العبيكان 2016
Category: Business & Economics

Author : Bob Woodward
ISBN : 9789960406152
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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خطة الهجوم هي الرواية الحاسمة عن كيف ولماذا شن الرئيس جورج بوش ومجلس حربه وحلفاؤه هجومًا وقائيًا للإطاحة بصدام حسين واحتلال العراق. احدث رواية تاريخية بوب وودوارد في اتخاذ قرار واشنطن يوفر والسرد موثوق الأصلي من وراء الكواليس المناورة، ودراسة أسباب وعواقب الحرب الأكثر إثارة للجدل منذ حرب فيتنام. واستناداً إلى مقابلات مع 75 مشارك رئيسي وأكثر من ثلاث ساعات ونصف من المقابلات الحصرية مع الرئيس بوش ، فإن خطة الهجوم هي جزء من تاريخ رئاسي يرسم القرارات التي اتخذت خلال 16 شهراً حرجاً. جزء من التاريخ العسكري وجزءاً من قصة التجسس المخادعة حيث ترسل السي آي إيه فريق شبه عسكري سري إلى شمال العراق قبل ستة أشهر من بدء الحرب. ما يتبدى هو صور حميمة بشكل مدهش: الرئيس بوش في اجتماعات مجلس وزراء الحرب وفي محادثة خاصة. ديك تشيني ، نائب الرئيس المركز والمدار. كولن باول ، وزير الخارجية المتعثر والحذر. دونالد رامسفيلد ، تكنوقراطي الحرب المسيطر ؛ جورج تينيت ، مدير وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية ؛ تومي فرانكس ، الجنرال الدنيوي والمطلوب ؛ كوندوليزا رايس ، الحاكمة الدائمة والمستشار للأمن القومي ؛ كارل روف ، الاستراتيجي السياسي العملي ؛ أعضاء رئيسيين آخرين من موظفي البيت الأبيض وقيادة الكونجرس. وزعماء أجانب تتراوح من رئيس الوزراء البريطاني بلير إلى الرئيس الروسي بوتين. تقدم خطة الهجوم تفاصيل جديدة عن تقييمات الاستخبارات لأسلحة الدمار الشامل العراقية المزعومة والتخطيط لآثار الحرب. العبيكان 2004
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The World In Six Songs

Author : Daniel J. Levitin
ISBN : 1101043458
Genre : Music
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The author of the New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music reveals music's role in the evolution of human culture-and "will leave you awestruck" (The New York Times) Daniel J. Levitin's astounding debut bestseller, This Is Your Brain on Music, enthralled and delighted readers as it transformed our understanding of how music gets in our heads and stays there. Now in his second New York Times bestseller, his genius for combining science and art reveals how music shaped humanity across cultures and throughout history. Dr. Levitin identifies six fundamental song functions or types-friendship, joy, comfort, religion, knowledge, and love-then shows how each in its own way has enabled the social bonding necessary for human culture and society to evolve. He shows, in effect, how these "six songs" work in our brains to preserve the emotional history of our lives and species. Dr. Levitin combines cutting-edge scientific research from his music cognition lab at McGill University and work in an array of related fields; his own sometimes hilarious experiences in the music business; and illuminating interviews with musicians such as Sting and David Byrne, as well as conductors, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists. The World in Six Songs is, ultimately, a revolution in our understanding of how human nature evolved-right up to the iPod. Read Daniel Levitin's posts on the Penguin Blog.
Category: Music