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The Experts Speak

Author : Christopher Cerf
ISBN : 0394713346
Genre : Common fallacies
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Includes index.
Category: Common fallacies

Computational Intelligence

Author : David B. Fogel
ISBN : 0471274542
Genre : Computers
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The definitive survey of computational intelligence from luminaries in the field Computational intelligence is a fast-moving, multidisciplinary field - the nexus of diverse technical interest areas that include neural networks, fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computation. Keeping up with computational intelligence means understanding how it relates to an ever-expanding range of applications. This is the book that ties it all together - and puts that understanding well within your reach. In Computational Intelligence: The Experts Speak, editors David B. Fogel and Charles J. Robinson present an unmatched compilation of expanded papers from plenary and special lecturers attending the 2002 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. Collectively, these papers provide a compelling snapshot of the issues that define the industry, as observed by some of the top minds in the computational intelligence community. In a series of topical chapters, this comprehensive volume shows how current technology is shaping computational intelligence, and it delivers eye-opening insights into the field's future challenges. The research detailed here covers an array of leading-edge applications, from coevolutionary robotics to underwater sensors and cognitive science, in such areas as: Self-organizing systems Situation awareness Human-machine interaction Automatic control Data recognition Computational Intelligence also includes introductions to each grouping of contributions that provide helpful tutorials and discuss important parallels between topics. Whatever your role might be in this dynamic, influential field, this is the one reference that no practitioner of computational intelligence should be without.
Category: Computers

Learning Disabilities

Author : James Allen Tucker
ISBN : OCLC:10666848
Genre : Learning disabilities
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Category: Learning disabilities

Science Was Wrong

Author : Stanton T. Friedman
ISBN : 9781601637314
Genre : Science
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Two months before the Wright brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, a top scientist declared that "no possible combination of known substances, known forces of machinery and known forms of force can be united in a practical (flying) machine...." Germ theory was first advanced in ancient Sanskrit texts thousands of years ago, but wasn't widely accepted until late in the 19th century. Space travel was declared "utter bilge" in 1956 by the British astronomer Royal, one of a long line of scientists who "proved" it was impossible. Throughout history, it has been difficult, even impossible, to promote the acceptance of new discoveries. Yet during the last two centuries, there has been a veritable explosion of new cures, theories, techniques, and inventions that have revolutionized aviation, space travel, communications, medicine, and warfare. Most of them, of course, were deemed "impossible." Science Was Wrong is a fascinating collection of stories about the pioneers who created or thought up the "impossible" cures, theories, and inventions "they" said couldn't work. How many have suffered or died because cures weren't accepted? How many inventions have been quashed? How much progress was delayed or denied? You will end up shaking your head in disbelief and even disgust as you learn the answers.
Category: Science

Before You Put That On

Author : Lloyd Boston
ISBN : 1451628722
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Style guru Lloyd Boston is familiar to millions of viewers across the country as a fashion editor for NBC's Today show and a regular on E! Entertainment's Style Network. He's familiar to readers who made his style guides for men -- and the women who dress them -- bestselling books. Now with Before You Put That On, Boston delivers 365 expert fashion tips to help women create a wardrobe and a personal style they can be proud of every day of the year -- using much of what may already be in their closets! Lloyd Boston defines finding your style as "taking your world and giving it shape." That's what he's done for his individual and corporate clientele for years, and now with this beautifully designed book -- including his own original art -- he's offering his insider secrets to you. Boston's user-friendly references are filled with inspirational ideas for looking and feeling your most stylish. Friendly, frank, and with a wealth of professional tips at his disposal, Boston guides readers through an entire year's worth of fashion choices, beginning with a new style resolution at the top of the year, through the fresh fashion possibilities of spring and barely dressed days of summer, and back through the glittering holidays. Before You Put That On offers: • Hints for choosing garments to flatter every body type • Simple solutions for going from day to night in minutes • Tailoring tricks that bring new life to items you already own • Advice on adding accessories that turn a look from frumpy to fabulous • Organizational tips for creating a user-friendly closet
Category: Health & Fitness

The Writer S Book Of Hope

Author : Ralph Keyes
ISBN : 9781466827899
Genre : Reference
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In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers," the editor wrote. "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language." A century later, John Grisham was turned down by sixteen agents before he found representation-and it was only after Hollywood showed an interest in The Firm that publishers began to take him seriously. The anxiety of rejection is an inevitable part of any writer's development. In this book, Ralph Keyes turns his attention from the difficulty of putting pen to paper-the subject of his acclaimed The Courage to Write -to the frustration of getting the product to the public. Inspiration isn't nearly as important to the successful writer, he argues, as tenacity, and he offers concrete ways to manage the struggle to publish. Drawing on his long experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Keyes provides new insight into the mind-set of publishers, the value of an agent, and the importance of encouragement and hope to the act of authorial creation.
Category: Reference

Talk On Television

Author : Sonia Livingstone
ISBN : 9781134900442
Genre : Social Science
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Not only is everyday conversation increasingly dependent on television, but more and more people are appearing on television to discuss social and personal issues. Is any public good served by these programmes or are they simply trashy entertainment which fills the schedules cheaply? Talk on Television examines the value and significance of televised public debate. Analysing a wide range of programmes including Kilroy, Donohue and The Oprah Winfrey Show, the authors draw on interviews with both the studio participants and with those watching at home. They ask how the media manage discussion programmes and whether the programmes really are providing new 'spaces' for public participators. They find out how audiences interpret the programmes when they appear on the screen themselves, and they unravel the conventions - debate, romance, therapy - which make up the genre. They also consider TV's function as a medium of education and information, finally discussing the dangers and opportunities the genre holds for audience participation and public debate in the future.
Category: Social Science

Natural Supplements For Diabetes

Author : Frank Murray
ISBN : 159120206X
Genre : Health & Fitness
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The book looks at natural options for alleviating some of the complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease, eye problems, foot problems, kidney disease, thyroid imbalances and impotence. The science behind the use of specific nutrients is thoroughly documented throughout.
Category: Health & Fitness

The Invention Of Modern Science

Author : Isabelle Stengers
ISBN : 0816630550
Genre : Science
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"The Invention of Modern Science proposes a fruitful way of going beyond the apparently irreconcilable positions, that science is either "objective" or "socially constructed." Instead, suggests Isabelle Stengers, one of the most important and influential philosophers of science in Europe, we might understand the tension between scientific objectivity and belief as a necessary part of science, central to the practices invented and reinvented by scientists."--pub. desc.
Category: Science

The Popular Handbook On The Rapture

Author : Tim F. LaHaye
ISBN : 9780736947831
Genre : Religion
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Clarifies commonly-asked questions about the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ, in a book that compiles analyses from top Bible prophecy experts and includes the latest research on Rapture teaching.
Category: Religion

Ebay For Dummies

Author : Marsha Collier
ISBN : 9781118748756
Genre : Computers
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The leading guide for eBay buyers and sellers, updated to give you all the essentials for buying and selling on eBay More than 112 million people regularly use eBay. To find the best deals and make the best profits, you need the guidance in this book from eBay expert Marsha Collier! With more than half a million copies sold in previous editions, it's packed with solid advice to help you get started, navigate the site, make winning bids, and learn to list and sell your own items successfully. This edition explores eBay in the context of sites like Amazon, Facebook, and Pinterest and adds in-depth information on managing multiple auctions, creating a store, knowing the market, marketing your sales, and more. Written by eBay expert Marsha Collier, a highly sought-after speaker and trainer on eBay and social media business topics eBay remains among the leading e-commerce sites with more than 112 million users This is the top-selling eBay reference and the perfect guide for beginners, covering everything you need to know to register, navigate the site, find bargains, make winning bids, and list and sell items Includes important tips about shooting and posting photos, communicating with bidders, shipping items, collecting payment, listing multiple items, knowing your market, and maintaining your privacy Also offers advice on troubleshooting, reporting abuses, joining the eBay community, and services that improve the eBay experience eBay For Dummies, 8th Edition is the latest and greatest go-to guide for anyone interested in finding bargains and making money on eBay.
Category: Computers

Liberal Democracy 3 0

Author : Stephen Turner
ISBN : 9781847876775
Genre : Social Science
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`This is a very fine text, a powerful piece of work that deserves to be read widely. The analysis is truly panoramic. It ranges across central concerns in the fields of social theory, political theory, and science studies and engages with and/or draws upon the ideas of key classical and contemporary thinkers, including Tocqueville, Weber, Schumpeter, Polyani, Habermas, Foucault, Schmitt and Beck' - Barry Smart, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth What are the political implications of 'expert' knowledge and especially scientific knowledge for liberal democracy? If knowledge is not evenly distributed upon what basis can the philosophy of equal rights be sustained? This important book points to the crisis in knowledge in liberal democracies. This crisis, simply put, is that most citizens cannot understand, much less judge, the claims scientists make. One response is the appointment of public commissions to provide conclusions for policy-makers to act upon. There are also `commissions from below', such as grass roots associations that quiz the limits of expert knowledge and power and make rival knowledge claims. Do these commissions represent a new stage in the development of liberal democracy? Or is it merely a pragmatic device of no political consequence. The central argument of the book is that in a `knowledge society' in which specialized knowledge is increasingly important to politics, more has to be delegated because democratic discussion can't handle it. This limitation in the scope of liberal democracy threatens its fundamental character. The book will be required reading in the fields of social theory, political theory and science studies.
Category: Social Science

Live For Today

Author : Robert Montague
ISBN : 9781425119294
Genre : Business & Economics
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Experience a journey that will take you through four major aspects of Financial Planning as it comingles with personal Life Planning. You will see a focus on investment strategies and financial knowledge while helping you to understand the many aspects of personal finance, economics, estate & retirement planning. You will learn of our endless pursuits for material wealth and success at the expense of our health and well-being. Although the pursuit of wealth and success is an ingrained social and cultural phenomenon, sound advice and practical solutions are sprinkled throughout the book to help you manage these societal pressures. Goals and planning are a common thread throughout the book and you will be convinced of the power of the written plan as you move through the pages. Financial planning is not simply about buying a term deposit, stock or mutual fund, but a comprehensive process involving every aspect of your personal fincancial life. From the intital stage of Discovery through Knowledge, Planning and Development to Action, you will come to realize that it is not a one-time deal depositing money into a particular investment or setting up an insurance policy. It is an ongoing dynamic process that changes with your life stages and goals. If you were wondering what has caused the recent financial crisis of 2008, nearly collapsing the global economy, Montague explains why and how this happened. Economic fundamentals ultimalely determine corporate earnings which drive the stock markets up steep hills, over bumpy roads and sometimes right over a cliff. But, written in these pages are many rational investment strategies and conservative money management ideas that will help you to save and invest throughout your careers and retirement with a peace of mind. The component parts of the book are tied together by a philosophy of life that promotes a balanced and moderate life style that will result in peace of mind. I will show you that you have permission to make guilt free change for selfish reasons if needed, for your own self-preservation. Knowledge and developing a passion for learning versus the pursuit of wealth and success are alternate paths everyone should consider. In the end, you will discover the true secret, the truth has always been inside you, if you listen. The major theme is quite clear on the importance to Live For Today! Plan For Tomorrow.
Category: Business & Economics

Philosophy And Cognitive Science Categories Consciousness And Reasoning

Author : A. Clark
ISBN : 9789401587310
Genre : Computers
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PHILOSOPHY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE: CATEGORIES, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND REASONING The individual man, since his separate existence is manifested only by ignorance and error, so far as he is anything apart from his fellows, and from what he and they are to be, is only a negation. Peirce, Some Consequences of Four Incapacities. 1868. For the second time the International Colloquium on Cognitive Science gathered at San Sebastian from May, 7-11, 1991 to discuss the following main topics: Knowledge of Categories Consciousness Reasoning and Interpretation Evolution, Biology, and Mind It is not an easy task to introduce in a few words the content of this volume. We have collected eleven invited papers presented at the Colloquium, which means the substantial part of it. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to include all the invited lectures of the meeting. Before sketching and showing the relevance of each paper, let us explain the reasons for having adopted the decision to organize each two years an international colloquium on Cognitive Science at Donostia (San Sebastian). First of all, Cognitive Science is a very active research area in the world, linking multidisciplinary efforts coming mostly from psychology, artificial intelligence, theoretical linguistics and neurobiology, and using more and more formal tools. We think that this new discipline lacks solid foundations, and in this sense philosophy, particularly knowledge theory, and logic must be called for.
Category: Computers

Shaping Our Mothers World

Author : Nancy A. Walker
ISBN : 1617034266
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How midcentury periodicals that fostered an indelible middle-class ideal for American women also confronted the happy homemaker stereotype Read by millions of women each month, such mainstream periodicals as Ladies' Home Journal and McCall's delivered powerful messages about women's roles and behavior. In 1963 Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique accused the genre of helping to create what Friedan termed "the problem that has no name" -- that is, presenting women as stereotypical happy homemakers with limited interests and abilities. But this ideal of contented, domestic women was far from monolithic in the periodical literature of the time. Nancy A. Walker's analysis of a wide range of magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Redbook, and others, reveals their depiction of a broader, fuller image of womanhood. As she notes a reflection of complex debates about the nature of domestic life in the 1940s and 1950s, she perceives editorial policies that mixed the banalities with urgent actualities. Rather than making isolated decisions about content, editors interacted with advertising agencies, with manufacturers of products, with experts in such fields as nutrition, medicine, technology, and childcare, and with the preferences and values of their readers. When World War II altered family patterns by taking millions into the armed services and drawing many women to jobs in defense plants, magazine articles both supported and attacked the new roles women took, while applauding women's home-front contributions to the war effort. After the war the magazines reflected Cold War anxieties while touting the rising consumer culture. Even as magazine ads promoted a white, suburban, middle-class ideal, such series as "How America Lives" in Ladies' Home Journal revealed a society that was economically and ethnically diverse. The pages of women's magazines of the 1940s and 1950s helped to shape and expand the domestic world our mothers inhabited. Examining the articles, fiction, advice columns, and advertisements that the magazines comprised during midcentury, Walker argues persuasively that the contradictory messages were a reflection of complex cultural values and institutions at a time when the domestic world became increasingly important as both a symbol of American democracy and the site of personal fulfillment. Nancy A. Walker, a professor of English at Vanderbilt University, is the author of "A Very Serious Thing": Women's Humor and American Culture and Feminist Alternatives: Irony and Fantasy in the Contemporary Novel by Women (University Press of Mississippi). She is the coeditor of Redressing the Balance: American Women's Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s (University Press of Mississippi).
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The Necessary Nature Of Future Firms

Author : George P. Huber
ISBN : 9780761930365
Genre : Business & Economics
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Firms - like all living systems - must be congruent with, aligned with, compatible with their environments, or they will not survive. Among the features examined in depth are practices and structural arrangements that enable firms to more rapidly and effectively: sense and interpret threats and opportunities; get decisions made; acquire and manage knowledge; innovate; and change - while simultaneously dealing with the needs for efficiency, flexibility, and employee commitment.
Category: Business & Economics

Acting Alone

Author : Bradley F. Podliska
ISBN : 9780739142516
Genre : Political Science
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Acting Alone: A Scientific Study of American Hegemony and Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making is a straight-forward analysis of unilateral U.S. military actions, which are dependent upon the power disparity between the U.S. and the rest of the world. In solving the puzzle as to why individual presidents have made the "wrong" decision to act alone, the author lays out a president's behavior, during a crisis, as a two-step decision process. Acting Alone reviews the well-studied first decision, deciding to use force, based on international conflict literature and organized along traditional lines. The author then details the second decision, deciding to use unilateral force, with an explanation of the criticisms of multilateralism and the reasons for unilateralism. To test a new theory of unilateral use of force decision making, Acting Alone devises a definition and coding rules for unilateral use of force, develops a sequential model of presidential use of force decision making, and constructs a new, alternative measure of military power, a Composite Indicator of Military Revolutions (CIMR). It then uses three methods - a statistical test with a heckman probit model, an experiment, and case studies - to test U.S. crisis behavior since 1937.By applying these three methods, the author finds that presidents are realists and make expected utility calculations to act unilaterally or multilaterally after their decision to use force. The unilateral decision, in particular, positively correlates with a wide military gap with an opponent, an opponent located in the Western hemisphere, and a national security threat.
Category: Political Science

What Technology Wants

Author : Kevin Kelly
ISBN : 1101444460
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Inevitable— a sweeping vision oftechnology as a living force that can expand our individual potential This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed. This new theory of technology offers three practical lessons: By listening to what technology wants we can better prepare ourselves and our children for the inevitable technologies to come. By adopting the principles of pro-action and engagement, we can steer technologies into their best roles. And by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts. Written in intelligent and accessible language, this is a fascinating, innovative, and optimistic look at how humanity and technology join to produce increasing opportunities in the world and how technology can give our lives greater meaning. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Let All The Little Children Come To Me

Author : Malesa Breeding
ISBN : 9781434704528
Genre : Religion
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It is said that everyone has a story to tell, a voice that deserves to be heard. There are many thousands of children with special needs who have long been ignored, rejected and excluded from our schools, our communities, and, sadly, from our Bible classes. We believe that these children are loved deeply and completely by our Lord and that they too are called to come unto Him. This book speaks to the heart and to the head. Teachers and pastors will find inspiration and information, reminding them that God calls us to include all children, no matter the challenge. In addition, the book includes wonderfully practical elements with many ideas that can be easily integrated into any classroom. By combining philosophy and strategies, this book will equip the typical church volunteer teacher to meet the needs of all the children in her classroom.
Category: Religion