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The Man Who Lied To His Laptop

Author : Clifford Nass
ISBN : 1101442719
Genre : Psychology
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Counterintuitive insights about building successful relationships- based on research into human-computer interaction. Books like Predictably Irrational and Sway have revolutionized how we view human behavior. Now, Stanford professor Clifford Nass has discovered a set of rules for effective human relationships, drawn from an unlikely source: his study of our interactions with computers. Based on his decades of research, Nass demonstrates that-although we might deny it-we treat computers and other devices like people: we empathize with them, argue with them, form bonds with them. We even lie to them to protect their feelings. This fundamental revelation has led to groundbreaking research on how people should behave with one another. Nass's research shows that: Mixing criticism and praise is a wildly ineffective method of evaluation Flattery works-even when the recipient knows it's fake Introverts and extroverts are each best at selling to one of their own Nass's discoveries provide nothing less than a new blueprint for successful human relationships.
Category: Psychology

The Man Who Lied To His Laptop

Author : Clifford Ivar Nass
ISBN : 1617230014
Genre : Computers
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Explains what humans' interactions with computers teach us about how humans should interact with one another, including the fact that flattery works, mixing criticism with praise is an ineffective method of evaluation and much more.
Category: Computers

Clan

Author : K.D. Smith
ISBN : 9781469195575
Genre : Fiction
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The book centers on a warrior (Trugard) who is protecting his village from vampires only to be cursed to be a vampire himself by a witch. He is shown a vision, but wants to recapture his humanity. He ends up battling one of his long time friends (Jiinstardt) who now has a blood lust for power and control. Trugard ends up falling in love for the first time with a girl (Sarah) who does not know her life will be changed forever with the disappearance of her best friend and the death of a classmate. This book challenges the mind and is mysterious, gory, and action oriented. Readers will enjoy how fast the story moves along and how colorful and animated the characters are. Be ready for a joyride from the past to the present in this book.
Category: Fiction

Why Men Lie

Author : Linden MacIntyre
ISBN : 9780307360885
Genre : Fiction
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This latest novel from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, Why Men Lie, offers a moving and emotionally complex conclusion to the Cape Breton trilogy. Two years after the events of The Bishop’s Man, we’re introduced to Effie MacAskill Gillis, sister of the troubled priest Duncan. It’s 1997, and Effie is an independent, middle-aged woman working as a tenured professor of Celtic Studies, but her complicated and often disappointing love life has left her all but ready to give up on the opposite sex. Then suddenly, a chance encounter with a man on a Toronto subway platform gives Effie renewed hope. J.C. Campbell is an old friend she hasn’t seen for more than 20 years – an attractive, single man who appears to possess the stability and good sense she longs for. Effie met her last husband, Sextus, in her hometown of Cape Breton when the two were still children. As they grew older together, and started a family, she soon learned that when it came to other women, Sextus couldn’t be trusted. After one too many betrayals, Effie leaves him behind, and so when she and J.C. seem to hit it off, his relaxed, open demeanour is a welcome change. But after a happy start to their relationship, cracks begin to show, and J.C. proves himself to be just as unpredictable as the others: one evening Effie spots him in a seedy part of town, but he denies ever having left his house; when she notices a scratch below his eye, he lies about its cause, blaming it on the cat. Then J.C., a journalist, becomes unhealthily engrossed in a story involving a convict on death row, and he and Effie begin to drift apart. Although he still checks in sporadically and insists there’s nothing going on, she soon learns he has a deeply personal reason for his covert trips to that seedy downtown street. In fact, it turns out there’s a lot about his past that Effie doesn’t know, and a lot he’s still learning himself. While J.C. is busy chasing his own past, Effie is rarely able to escape her own. Family ties and hometown connections to Cape Breton mean her two ex-husbands – Sextus happens to be the cousin of her first husband, John – are constantly coming and going in a turbulent mess of comfort and commotion, while her grown daughter, Cassie, brings some unexpected news of her own. After all of her experience in relationships with men, Effie thought she knew all she needed to about what to expect, and how to maintain her self-sufficiency. Why do men lie?, she wants to know. But whether it’s for love, for protection, or for more selfish reasons, Effie soon learns that no amount of experience can prepare you for what might resurface from the past, and for the damage that might cause, emotionally or otherwise.
Category: Fiction

Returning To Reality

Author : Phillip M. Thompson
ISBN : 9781621894964
Genre : Religion
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This book synthesizes the diverse reflections on technology by monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton to develop a compelling contemplative critique of the threats and challenges of nuclear war, communication technologies, and biotechnologies that may alter what it means to be human. At the core of his critique, Merton opposes a technological mentality that favors processes of efficiency and utility at the expense of our ultimate purpose, a quest for the wisdom to guide us to the divine source of our being and reality. To counter this modern idolatry, Merton's insights offer a path of reflection, balance, and community. More specifically, Merton offers some constructive approaches and healing possibilities through a balanced approach to work, a careful and intentional managing of technology, and an accessing of the recuperative dimensions of nature. In its conclusion the book brings the insights of these chapters together for a final reflection on how to maintain our humanity and our spiritual integrity in a technological world.
Category: Religion

Mindwise

Author : Nicholas Epley
ISBN : 9780385351676
Genre : Psychology
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You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It’s a sixth sense you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. At its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human beings. At its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams. How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, know who really likes you, or tell when someone is lying? How well do you really understand the minds of those closest to you, from your spouse to your kids to your best friends? Do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or clients want? In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces us to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? Mindwise will not turn other people into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Psychology

The Social Net

Author : Yair Amichai-Hamburger
ISBN : 9780191648236
Genre : Psychology
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In the past two decades, the Internet has come to dominate every aspect of everyday life. This has been a huge change for many of us, and, for the younger generation - born into this situation - there has been no other way of living. How does this new way of life affect our health and happiness, our well-being? How does it affect our relationships, our friendships? Has the definition of friendship changed now that we have hundreds of friends on Facebook? Why is it that some people find it so hard to talk to people in their daily lives but find it so easy on the Internet? People spend so much time on the Internet - so what do we actually do on there? Why are some people so aggressive and others exceptionally helpful? Are these behaviors that we see from the same people offline? How do we take decisions online and which groups would we rather belong to online where nobody knows us, rather than revealing our true identity to the outside world? The new edition of 'The Social Net' provides a comprehensive understanding of the social aspects of the Internet. It contains chapters on topics such as identity manipulation, online romantic relationships, online decision making, the internet and aggression, and online prejudice and discrimination. The book provides the reader with an understanding of both the negative and positive influences of the net and is an exceptionally useful guide for for how to use the net to improve wellbeing. Today, when there is so much negative publicity surrounding the Internet - despite our reliance on it - this book provides a much needed balanced understanding of the Net and its influence.
Category: Psychology

Lost Sheep

Author : Stephen Cummings
ISBN : 9781449742232
Genre : Fiction
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A PRESENCE CASTS A SHADOW UPON THE TOWN OF BONNER. Clever criminals plunder the innocent and unsuspecting people of this small university city in northern West Virginia—making gain and profit by causing pain and misery—promoting a self-perpetuating menace. Slave traffickers who go out into the towns and cities of every nation. The domineering and abasing who have a mindset of greed. Those who come to steal the hopes and beauty from everyday people – and leave untold suffering and grief behind them.
Category: Fiction

Dirty Little Lies

Author : John Macken
ISBN : 9781446423424
Genre : Fiction
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This compelling and gripping novel by bestselling author John Macken takes the forensic thriller to the next level. Perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. "A tense and absorbing story..." - OBSERVER "I was gripped from start to finish." -- ***** Reader review "A cracking read" -- ***** Reader review "This was dark at times...but kept me hooked and interested all the way. More please!" -- ***** Reader review "I spent two days gripped unable to put it down. It is a well written, well constructed forensic thriller, which leaves you guessing until the final pages and then you are given a final shock..."-- ***** Reader review ***************************************************** THE HUNTERS HAVE BECOME THE HUNTED... Reuben Maitland runs the UK's most elite crime squad, working only on the highest-profile cases, tracking down the country's most vicious criminals. The squad have always made enemies but now they're in danger: a killer is using their own techniques against them. Reuben must find the killer before his team is eradicated. But the more questions he asks, the more complex the answers become. And as the case unravels, so his own personal life collapses... Not only is he fighting to save the lives of his colleagues, he is fighting for his own professional and personal survival. The choices he makes will determine his future. When he makes the wrong one, he finds himself alone on the outside of the law, at the mercy of a seemingly unstoppable killer...
Category: Fiction

Rogue Lies

Author : Kathleen Brooks
ISBN : 9781943805112
Genre : Fiction
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The secret is out . . . The secret investigative group that Tate Carlisle works with has just discovered a major piece to the puzzle. Those responsible for trying to steer the governments of the world from the shadows are slowly being unmasked. While Tate has never stepped on a battlefield, she is most definitely in the fight of her life. Tate’s new job as White House Press Secretary puts her in the line of fire from all sides. When she finds herself falling for her boss, the President of the United States, Tate is torn between her job, her duty, and her heart. She decides to put all of the cards on the table in a gamble that could end everything she has worked toward her whole life. Tate finds herself deep in the secret world of payoffs, affairs, and a battle for the soul of the United States. Split-second decisions are now a matter of life and death . . . but will the next lead story be about her death or those she cares about?
Category: Fiction

Wicked Lies

Author : Lisa Jackson
ISBN : 9781420124316
Genre : Fiction
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If At First You Don't Succeed For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission-one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. . . Kill. . . Laura Adderley didn't plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she'll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn't figured out Laura's connection to the story yet. But Justice knows. And he is coming. . . Then Kill Again. . . All her life, Laura has been able to sense approaching evil. But that won't stop a psychopath bent on destroying her. Justice has been unleashed, and this time, there will be no place safe to hide. . . Praise for Wicked Game "Chilling. . . Swift pacing and an intriguing plot make this a first-rate supernatural thriller." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Category: Fiction

Waking God

Author : Brian Doe
ISBN : 9781932993394
Genre : Fiction
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"And he agreed, and from Him was taken the Vessel, the Chalice, which was to contain all that was created. With this taking came the knowledge in the form of Wisdom, and from Wisdom they went forth and multiplied. When It saw what had happened, It said, "This is good." And It placed a fiery pillar before this place of rest that none should disturb the slumber. If he awoke, all of creation would thus end and Wisdom would be lost. Being the seventh day, It rested." He closed the journal, not bothering to read the words he'd written. He knew the idea by now, was familiar with the message, though he comprehended none of it beyond an academic capacity. He only needed to find some way to understand why it was happening, and what in God's name it had to do with him.
Category: Fiction

The Truth Lies Here

Author : Lindsey Klingele
ISBN : 9780062380418
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Stranger Things meets Men in Black in this funny and eerie young adult novel. WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU. In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead in the woods. The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny's memory go missing. Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .
Category: Young Adult Fiction

The Associate

Author : John Grisham
ISBN : 9780307576156
Genre : Fiction
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Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world’s largest law firm. If Kyle accepts, he’ll be on the fast track to partnership and a fortune. But there’s a catch. Kyle won’t be working for the firm but against it in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him, the FBI, and his own law firm–in a malignant conspiracy not even Kyle with all his intellect, cunning, and bravery may be able to escape alive. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
Category: Fiction

The Power Of Three

Author : Laura Lippman
ISBN : 9781409138730
Genre : Fiction
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Three girls were best friends - until friendship became murder... Baltimore police receive an urgent call out to a school after gunshots are heard coming from a locked girls' toilet. The police find three victims, but only Josie is conscious, and she insists she is not the shooter. Perri is unconscious from a bullet wound that has ripped through her jaw; and Kat is dead, shot in the chest. Detective Lenhardt soon uncovers information that is at odds with the story Josie is telling. Other clues at the scene suggest there was a fourth girl who witnessed the entire episode from behind a locked stall. Where is she now? How did she get out? The crime seems to reach back five years before this fatal shooting, when three girls met aged ten, and took a vow of eternal friendship. How did that passionate friendship change, evolve - and finally fall apart?
Category: Fiction

Rainbow S End

Author : Vernor Vinge
ISBN : 9781447217473
Genre : Fiction
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Robert Gu is a world-renowned poet and recovering Alzheimer's patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a new cure, he discovers that the world has changed. He is seventy-five years old, though by a medical miracle he looks much younger, and he’s starting over, for the first time unsure of his poetic gifts. Living with his son’s family, he has no choice but to learn how to cope with a new information age in which the virtual and the real are a seamless continuum. But the consensus reality of the digital world is available only if, like his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, you know how to wear your wireless access and to see the digital context—through smart contact lenses. With knowledge comes risk. When Robert begins to re-train at Fairmont High he unwittingly becomes part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to use technology as a tool for world domination. This conspiracy is something that baffles even the most sophisticated security analysts, including Robert’s son and daughter-in law, two top people in the U.S. military. And even Miri, in her attempts to protect her grandfather, may be entangled in the plot . . . ‘In the grand tradition of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge just turned the future upside-down in Rainbow's End’ Charles Stross
Category: Fiction

Hard Fall

Author : CJ Lyons
ISBN : 9781939038241
Genre : Fiction
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International Thriller Writers 2015 Thriller Award Winner! 59 days ago FBI Special Agent Lucy Guardino had a perfect life…and almost lost it all. From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons. WARNING: the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers are NOT for the faint of heart! They depict adult situations, realistic violence with consequences, and delve deep into the darkness of the human heart and mind. There comes a time in every hero’s life when they fall harder and farther than ever before and they face a choice that changes everything: to give up or claw their way back again. Lucy thought she’d made her choice two months ago when she sacrificed everything to save her family, but now she has to decide whether or not she can save herself… When honor, duty, and family collide…who would you save? HARD FALL is the fifth novel in the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers series. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling, strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you'll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller. *** Keywords: CJ Lyons, Lyons, Lucy Guardino, Beacon Falls, FBI Thrillers, Hart and Drake, Renegade Justice, Morgan Ames, medical thriller suspense crime novel series, homicide detective alpha hero action romance, emergency hospital doctor physician woman sleuth, serial killer dark edgy intense police procedural, FBI kidnapping murder, historical Munchausen Nazi French Resistance, uplifting romantic Christmas holiday wedding, military navy marine army soldier, spies espionage CIA FBI ATF covert action, adventure wilderness survival intrigue, exciting alpha hero pulp terrorism, strong heroine doctor ranger SEAL, uplifting romantic action-adventure Force Recon, medical wedding wounded warrior Delta, dark edgy disturbing crime fiction suspense, FBI police female detective, edge seat terrific serial killer kidnap, vigilante fast action adventure pulp, terror ATF DEA spies Pittsburgh intrigue, intense thrill gripping authentic, cyber adrenalin great summer read, Thrilling kick ass fast-paced, hero serial killer crime fiction, strong female gripping high stakes adventure, compelling action packed authentic intense, page turner stayed up all night, great story hooked twist adrenaline rush, vivid quick summer beach read, believable not to be missed five stars, intelligent powerful dark edgy action thrill ride, keeps you guessing edge of the sear terrific, genetic mutation, serial killer, paranormal psychic telepathy, police detective, female protagonist woman sleuth, dark disturbing edgy moody noir, hard-boiled mystery thriller suspense, medical sociopath psychopath, lethal dying death, romance romantic love story, disease supernatural, homicide murder, ER emergency room doctor physician, conspiracy, bestseller, thrillers with heart, Lee Child, Stephen White, Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Allison Brennan, Heather Graham, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Palmer, Lisa Scottoline, Catherine Coulter, JT Ellison, Debra Webb, Lisa Jackson, Douglas Preston, Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa Unger, Tami Hoag, Robin Cook, Harlan Coben, Iris Johansen, Cathy Reichs, JD Robb Dean Koontz, Liliana Hart, Suzanne Brockmann, Carla Neggers
Category: Fiction

The Last Mortal Man

Author : Syne Mitchell
ISBN : 0451460944
Genre : Fiction
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When a strange new technology wages war on the foundation of nanobiology, causing a wave of destruction that could destroy humanity, Jack Sterling, who is allergic to the very nanobiology that made his family's fortune, is the world's only hope of survival. Original.
Category: Fiction

The Genesis Flaw

Author : L A Larkin
ISBN : 9781741967883
Genre : Fiction
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The Genesis Flaw is a fast-paced environmental thriller that is spine-chillingly pertinent for our times and will grip readers from beginning to end.
Category: Fiction