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Surprised By Paradox

Author : Jen Pollock Michel
ISBN : 9780830870929
Genre : Religion
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In a world filled with ambiguity, we want faith to act like an orderly set of truth-claims to solve the problems that life throws at us. While there are certainties in Christian faith, at the heart of the Christian story is also paradox, and Jen Pollock Michel helps readers imagine a Christian faith open to mystery. Jesus invites us to abandon the polarities of either and or in order to embrace the difficult, wondrous dissonance of and.
Category: Religion

Paradox Lost

Author : Michael Huemer
ISBN : 9783319904900
Genre : Philosophy
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Paradox Lost covers ten of philosophy’s most fascinating paradoxes, in which seemingly compelling reasoning leads to absurd conclusions. The following paradoxes are included: The Liar Paradox, in which a sentence says of itself that it is false. Is the sentence true or false? The Sorites Paradox, in which we imagine removing grains of sand one at a time from a heap of sand. Is there a particular grain whose removal converts the heap to a non-heap? The Puzzle of the Self-Torturer, in which a series of seemingly rational choices has us accepting a life of excruciating pain, in exchange for millions of dollars. Newcomb’s Problem, in which we seemingly maximize our expected profit by taking an unknown sum of money, rather than taking the same sum plus $1000. The Surprise Quiz Paradox, in which a professor finds that it is impossible to give a surprise quiz on any particular day of the week . . . but also that if this is so, then a surprise quiz can be given on any day. The Two Envelope Paradox, in which we are asked to choose between two indistinguishable envelopes, and it is seemingly shown that each envelope is preferable to the other. The Ravens Paradox, in which observing a purple shoe provides evidence that all ravens are black. The Shooting Room Paradox, in which a deadly game kills 90% of all who play, yet each individual’s survival turns on the flip of a fair coin. Each paradox is clearly described, common mistakes are explored, and a clear, logical solution offered. Paradox Lost will appeal to professional philosophers, students of philosophy, and all who love intellectual puzzles.
Category: Philosophy

The Infinite Tortoise

Author : Joel Levy
ISBN : 9781782436386
Genre : Philosophy
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A clear, concise and fascinating guide to philosophical thought experiments and how they've shaped our understanding of the world. From Plato's Cave to Descartes' Demon, and from Zeno's paradoxes to Hilbert's Hotel, great thinkers have used thought experiments and paradoxes to try and work out complex ideas in the simplest way possible. Perhaps the most famous thought experiment is that of Zeno's Achilles and the tortoise. If both Achilles and the tortoise move at constant speed, why will Achilles never catch up with the tortoise when the tortoise starts ahead of him? Zeno argues that when Achilles reaches the point where the tortoise started the race, the tortoise will have already moved on. And as Achilles runs on to where the tortoise was last, when he reaches that point the tortoise has moved again. Therefore Achilles will never catch up with the tortoise as the distance he must run gets smaller and smaller and each time he has less and less time to run. Starting in Ancient Greece, Joel Levy guides us through the mind-bending world of thought experiments and their role in revealing the complexity of morality, exploring the limitations and the infinite possibilities of the human mind.
Category: Philosophy

A Wittgensteinian Way With Paradoxes

Author : Rupert Read
ISBN : 9780739168974
Genre : Philosophy
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A Wittgensteinian way with paradoxes tackles some of the classic philosophical paradoxes that have puzzled philosophers over the centuries and explores how they can be dissolved using the ‘therapeutic’ method of Wittgenstein, according to the ‘resolute’ reading of the latter’s work. The book shows how, by contrast, we should give more serious consideration to real, ‘lived paradoxes’, some of which can be harmful psychically, morally or politically, but others of which can be beneficial.
Category: Philosophy

The Paradox Of Progress

Author : James Willis
ISBN : 1857750632
Genre : Medical
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Rekindles the spirit that some have lost and explores the problem retaining respect for human values in an increasingly systemized world.
Category: Medical

Game Theory A Very Short Introduction

Author : Ken Binmore
ISBN : 9780191579585
Genre : Mathematics
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Games are everywhere: Drivers manoeuvring in heavy traffic are playing a driving game. Bargain hunters bidding on eBay are playing an auctioning game. A firm negotiating next year's wage is playing a bargaining game. The opposing candidates in an election are playing a political game. The supermarket's price for corn flakes is decided by playing an economic game. Game theory is about how to play such games in a rational way. Even when the players have not thought everything out in advance, game theory often works for the same reason that mindless animals sometimes end up behaving very cleverly: evolutionary forces eliminate irrational play because it is unfit. Game theory has seen spectacular successes in evolutionary biology and economics, and is beginning to revolutionize other disciplines from psychology to political science. This Very Short Introduction introduces the fascinating world of game theory, showing how it can be understood without mathematical equations, and revealing that everything from how to play poker optimally to the sex ratio among bees can be understood by anyone willing to think seriously about the problem. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Category: Mathematics

Masculinity And The Paradox Of Violence In American Fiction 1950 75

Author : Maggie McKinley
ISBN : 9781628924916
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 explores the intersections of violence, masculinity, and racial and ethnic tension in America as it is depicted in the fiction of Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, James Baldwin, and Philip Roth. Maggie McKinley reconsiders the longstanding association between masculinity and violence, locating a problematic paradox within works by these writers: as each author figures violence as central to the establishment of a liberated masculine identity, the use of this violence often reaffirms many constricting and emasculating cultural myths and power structures that the authors and their protagonists are seeking to overturn.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten

Author : Julian Baggini
ISBN : 1101098074
Genre : Philosophy
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Perfect for gifting to lovers of philosophy or mining intelligent ice-breaker topics for your next party, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and Steven Spielberg, author Julian Baggini presents abstract philosophical issues in concrete terms, suggesting possible solutions while encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions: Lively, clever, and thought-provoking, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten is a portable feast for the mind that is sure to satisfy any intellectual appetite.
Category: Philosophy

Einstein S Riddle

Author : Jeremy Stangroom
ISBN : 1408801493
Genre : Lateral thinking
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Category: Lateral thinking

Truth Probability And Paradox

Author : John Leslie Mackie
ISBN : 9780198244028
Genre : Philosophy
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Classic work by one of the most brilliant figures in post-war analytic philosophy.
Category: Philosophy

The Illuna Paradox Temporal Shift

Author : Alexandra Marie Graziano
ISBN : 9781477107928
Genre : Fiction
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Raynes world revolves around her art, and her moms art studio. Until her mom decides Rayne needs a change of scenery, and to get out of the city and their apartment for the summer. Being sent to Long Island to spend three months with her great aunt Rose, Rayne is slightly less than ecstatic. However, when she gets there she realizes that the summer may turn out brighter than she expected. With life handing her a blank canvas, can she open up, leave the past behind and paint a new self and a brighter vision of her world?
Category: Fiction

The Paradox Of Power And Weakness

Author : George Kunz
ISBN : 0791438899
Genre : Psychology
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Offers an alternative paradigm for psychology, one that reflects Levinas's criticism of a self-centered notion of identity. Reveals the secret of an "authentic" altruism through a phenomenology of both power and weakness, and of the paradoxes of the weakness of power and the power of weakness.
Category: Psychology


Author : Jim Al-Khalili
ISBN : 9780307986801
Genre : Science
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A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes. Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than his twin? With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who've developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle. Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic. In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge. Paradox is mind-expanding fun.
Category: Science


Author : Alex Archer
ISBN : 9781426843242
Genre : Fiction
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Archaeologist Annja Creed reluctantly accepts an assignment on behalf of a covert arm of the U.S. Government. She is to lead an expedition to the top of Mount Ararat to find the truth about what is thought to be the remains of Noah’s Ark. But while she doubts the massive anomaly is really the Ark, she can’t help but wonder what is up there. Annja must escort a group of militant fundamentalists through civil unrest in eastern Turkey, but the impending war is nothing compared to the danger that lies hidden within the team. With lives at stake, Annja has no choice but to protect the innocent…and get them out of there alive. Legend says the Ark once saved mankind, but this time it could kill them all.
Category: Fiction

Paradox Lost

Author : Linda G. Elson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215469722
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this work the author is guided by an interest in bringing clarity by way of a definition to a central theme of communication theory - levels of abstraction. The author notes that a levels-perspective has been often employed in various fields of study but has not itslef been a topic of investigation. By rectifying this problem, the author hopes that there will be an appreciation of the explanatory scope of such a persepective. To this end, the works concluding chapter surveys and offers creative applications and suggestive implications of a levels approach to a wide variety of fields.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Xeno S Paradox

Author : Brian Stableford
ISBN : 9781434412447
Genre : Fiction
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In the near future, xenogenetist Carly Maclaine is the clone of a notorious pioneer in the field, who created an artificial intelligence called Napoleon. Napoleon has been on the run from the Commonwealth's secret police--but now they need Napoleon's help, and that means they need Carly's as well. Maclaine suddenly becomes a person of interest to the other Artificial Intelligences (AIs), paradox-loving Xeno and the deeply mysterious Oberon. These super-smart beings understand that everything is about to change, and that change can be dangerous, not only to them, but to everyone in society--and especially to someone like Carly! Another groundbreaking Tale of the Biotech Revolution.
Category: Fiction

The Paradox Of Vertical Flight

Author : Emil Ostrovski
ISBN : 9780062238542
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Hilarious, deeply moving, mind-bending, original, romantic, and surprising, this debut teen novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Andrew Smith. Gary Shteyngart, author of the New York Times bestseller Super Sad True Love Story, says: "Do yourself a favor and get inside a car with Emil Ostrovski immediately! The Paradox of Vertical Flight is an amazing road trip. You're in for one heck of a ride." An Indie Next Pick! On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, Jack Polovsky kidnaps his own baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Walmart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and with the baby's mother, Jess. As they head to Grandma's house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. Even this one. By turns funny, heart wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fatherhood, and myth. "Shares a sense of humor and philosophical bent with such YA authors as John Green and Chris Crutcher. But the story and likable characters are Ostrovsky's own, a delightful mix of quirky, intelligent, naive, well-intentioned, and just plain dumb teens. A delightful success."—ALA Booklist
Category: Young Adult Fiction

Paradox Alley

Author : John DeChancie
ISBN : 9781497613362
Genre : Fiction
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The conclusion to the classic Skyway series by the award-winning author of Castle Perilous. Jake McGraw, independent space trucker, has been shanghaied. He and his crew, fresh off their adventures in Starrigger and Red Limit Freeway, are plucked off the Skyway by a creature of unknown power. Now on an alien planet where most of the rules of the regular universe do not seem to apply, Jake confronts the builders of the Skyway once and for all. Will he and his crew make it out alive?
Category: Fiction

Surprised By Shame

Author : Deborah A. Martinsen
ISBN : 0814209211
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Category: Language Arts & Disciplines