Friday, 28 January 2011

Modeling and Reasoning with Bayesian Networks



Modeling and Reasoning with Bayesian Networks
Adnan Darwiche | 2009-04-06 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 560 | Theory of Computing
This book provides a thorough introduction to the formal foundations and practical applications of Bayesian networks. It provides an extensive discussion of techniques for building Bayesian networks that model real-world situations, including techniques for synthesizing models from design, learning models from data, and debugging models using sensitivity analysis. It also treats exact and approximate inference algorithms at both theoretical and practical levels. The author assumes very little background on the covered subjects, supplying in-depth discussions for theoretically inclined readers and enough practical details to provide an algorithmic cookbook for the system developer.
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Having taken Professor Darwiche's course on Bayesian Networks, I was excited to get my hands on this book, which is a culmination of the notes from that class and his research on the subject.



This is an excellent text, with very clear explanations and step by step descriptions in pseudo code of the important algorithms in the text.



The first few chapters lay the probabilistic foundations needed for understanding Bayesian Networks and the conditional independences such networks encode.



Chapter 5 gives examples in several different domains of using Bayesian Networks to model different systems and answer queries about them.



After this, the book gets into the meat of its primary focus, efficient probabilistic inference in the context of Bayesian Networks.



It lays out various algorithms for exact inference using jointrees or recursive conditioning, and the complexity and trade-offs of the different approaches.



It further details further refinements that can reduce networks in some cases for even better performance.



After this, it details approximate inference techniques including sampling and belief propagation.



Chapter 14 on belief propagation is especially good, with its discussions on the semantics of belief propagation, generalized belief propagation, and an alternative formulation of generalized belief propagation edge deletion belief propagation.



The last few chapters also delve into learning Bayesian Networks structure and parameters.



All in all, this book will give an in depth knowledge of exact and approximate inference in Bayesian networks and a good overview of learning and applying these models to various domains.


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While pursuing my PhD at UCLA, I took Professor Darwiche's classes and had the privilege of using the pre-release version of this book. Before taking professor Darwiche's class, I had spent a good deal of time while working on my masters degree working on Bayesian networks. I found that much of the literature on Bayesian networks was inaccessible to someone new to the field. There simply was not a comprehensive resource that would explain Bayesian networks from the beginning in a through and clear manner. I say with confidence that this has now changed.



The book begins with the fundamentals of logic. It continues on to describe the properties of the Bayesian network graph such as independence relationships and d-separation as well as how the parameters of a Bayesian network work.



There are then in depth discussions of the various queries we are able to perform on Bayesian networks and the algorithms for accomplishing them. These include queries such as probability of evidence, most probable explanation and probabilistic inference. Techniques such as summing out, pearl's polytree algorithm and belief propagation are described elogently and clearly.



The book also contains information on the current state of the art research going on in the field. This book is a valuable resource for anyone new to or ingrained in the use of Bayesian Networks. A book of this scope and target was sorely needed and I for one am glad it has arrived. I would and have recommended this to any of my peers in the field.

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Philosophical Essays, Volume 2: The Philosophical Significance of Language



Philosophical Essays, Volume 2: The Philosophical Significance of Language
Scott Soames | 2009-03-09 00:00:00 | Princeton University Press | 477 | History of Ideas

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays bring together the most important essays written by one of the world's foremost philosophers of language. Scott Soames has selected thirty-one essays spanning nearly three decades of thinking about linguistic meaning and the philosophical significance of language. A judicious collection of old and new, these volumes include sixteen essays published in the 1980s and 1990s, nine published since 2000, and six new essays.

The essays in Volume 1 investigate what linguistic meaning is; how the meaning of a sentence is related to the use we make of it; what we should expect from empirical theories of the meaning of the languages we speak; and how a sound theoretical grasp of the intricate relationship between meaning and use can improve the interpretation of legal texts.

The essays in Volume 2 illustrate the significance of linguistic concerns for a broad range of philosophical topics--including the relationship between language and thought; the objects of belief, assertion, and other propositional attitudes; the distinction between metaphysical and epistemic possibility; the nature of necessity, actuality, and possible worlds; the necessary a posteriori and the contingent a priori; truth, vagueness, and partial definition; and skepticism about meaning and mind.

The two volumes of Philosophical Essays are essential for anyone working on the philosophy of language.



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Health of Mankind (Ciba Foundation)



Health of Mankind (Ciba Foundation)
Gordon E. W. Wolstenholme,Maeve O'Connor | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Churchill Livingstone | 320 | Internal Medicine

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Opto-Mechanical Systems Design, Third Edition (Optical Science and Engineering)



Opto-Mechanical Systems Design, Third Edition (Optical Science and Engineering)
Paul R. Yoder Jr.,Paul Yoder,Daniel Vukobratovich,Roger A. Paquin | 2005-12-09 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 864 | Engineering
After nearly two decades, Paul Yoder's Opto-Mechanical Systems Design continues to be the reference of choice for professionals fusing optical and mechanical components into advanced, high-performance instruments. Yoder's authoritative systems-oriented coverage and down-to-earth approach fosters the deep-seated knowledge needed to continually push the field to new limits.

Extensively revised and updated, this Third Edition reflects the massive growth and advancement achieved in the field over the past few years. It systematically examines the building blocks for new optical instruments and details new tools and techniques for designing, building, and testing optical systems hardware. The book includes revised, broad-based standards, equations for designing 26 types of prisms and lens, mirror, and prism mounts, state-of-the-art examples of designs for large mirrors and their mounts, and an expanded chapter that consolidates information on the design and mounting of metal mirrors. New sections include special protective coatings, manufacturing techniques, mounting lenses on flexures, and techniques for aligning lenses and lens systems in addition to two new chapters: one on designing and mounting small mirrors, gratings, and pellicles; the other, on analysis methods including damage and failure analysis.

Whether you are designing a high-resolution projector or the most sensitive space telescope, Opto-Mechanical Systems Design, Third Edition supplies the tools you need in a single, concise reference.
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Now in its 3rd, 2006 Edition, this carefully researched and exhaustively foot noted text, has been kept current with many references to challenging programs of recent years. These include the Chandra, GALEX and Spitzer space telescopes at the high end, and humble military binoculars at the other. At over 850 pages in length and around 1.6 kilograms in weight the treatment is nothing if not extensive. Comprehensive and readable, the work is acknowledged my many in the field as being the place to start for serious work in the design of mechanicanism, kinematics and structures for assembling instruments with optical elements or equivalent fine scale motion.

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The Magic of Middle School Musicals: Inspire Your Students to Learn, Grow, and Succeed



The Magic of Middle School Musicals: Inspire Your Students to Learn, Grow, and Succeed
Victor V. Bobetsky | 2008-12-16 00:00:00 | Rowman & Littlefield Education | 128 | Theater
As the first musical theater book especially for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musical provides a step-by-step guide for success. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning.
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"The Magic of Middle School Musicals" is magical! Victor V. Bobetsky has created an authoritative guide to mounting a musical that will surely become the bible for middle school teachers. It's jam-packed with vital information and filled with arresting anecdotes drawn from the author's apparently vast and varied experience. This one is a keeper!

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Hydrogen Fuel (Energy for the Future and Global Warming)



Hydrogen Fuel (Energy for the Future and Global Warming)
Andrew Solway | 2007-07-15 00:00:00 | Gareth Stevens Publishing | 32 | Earth Sciences

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Competition, Innovation, and Antitrust: A Theory of Market Leaders and Its Policy Implications



Competition, Innovation, and Antitrust: A Theory of Market Leaders and Its Policy Implications
Federico Etro | 2007-11-09 00:00:00 | Springer | 283 | Economics

This book reviews recent progress in the theory of oligopoly and market leadership and provides new results on the theory of Stackelberg competition and Nash competition with strategic investment under endogenous entry. These theories are applied to models of competition in quantities, prices and to patent races. The results are used to propose a new approach to competition policy, and in particular to issues of abuse of dominance, which goes beyond the post-Chicago approach, and to analyse antitrust cases as the Microsoft case.



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Gynecologic Oncology



Gynecologic Oncology
Paola A. Gehrig (other contributors) | 2009-11-30 00:00:00 | Landes Bioscience | 304 | Internal Medicine
Gynecologic Oncology was not meant to be a comprehensive guide to the rapidly changing practice of gynecologic oncology, but a reference from which one can be guided in the right direction in the quest for information. Gynecologic Oncology may assist health care professionals to care for the women with gynecologic malignancies or at least help them to make a more timely diagnosis and referral and it may also serve as a guide as they strive to learn more about their disease. This handbook has information, which covers the full spectrum of gynecologic oncology, from diagnosis to palliative care; from basic science to cancer genetics; and from surgery to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In this era of a global economy and tremendous technological advances such as immediate transmission of satellite images in real-time and instantaneous cell phone communication from one side of the world to the other, it is hard to believe that global access to health care and knowledge remains limited in many countries. Gynecologic Oncology will be available not only in paper version but also online to physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, teachers, and students in countries where access to gynecologic oncologists may be limited.

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The Virgin's Lover



The Virgin's Lover
Philippa Gregory | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Touchstone | 464 | Fiction Other
For me, "The Virgin's Lover" proved to be as wonderful a read as "The Other Boleyn Girl." Historically speaking everything covered in "The Virgin's Lover" is old ground -- nothing earth-shatteringly new revealed is revealed in this novel. But what makes "The Virgin's Lover" a fantastic and completely absorbing read is how the author brings characters and events to life. Vividly and grimly, Ms Gregory conveys what a young man used to wielding power must have felt when faced with ruin and low fortune, after his father's execution and the loss of all his wealth. Accurately she paints the ruthless Dudley need to succeed and his ache for power; and poignantly she paints the unhappy marriage of Amy Robsart, a young unambitous and uneducated woman, married and still in love with a younger man who no longer feels anything but irritation for her. Also nicely done is manner in which she presents, as a background, a country torn apart by religious wrangling and poverty, and titillated by the latest royal scandal. As soon as I saw "The Virgin's Lover" on the shelving cart, I knew that I had to read the book at once. From the first page to the last, Philippa Gregory held me captive. "The Virgin's Lover" was a fantastic read, and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Frommer's Boston 2011



Frommer's Boston 2011
Marie Morris | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Frommers | 320 | Travel
Completely updated every year, Frommer's Boston features gorgeous color photos of the sights and experiences that await you.

Our author, a longtime resident of Boston's North End, hits all the highlights, from Fenway Park to the Freedom Trail. She's checked out all the city's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.

You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and nightlife; in-depth coverage of Cambridge; detailed walking tours; accurate neighborhood maps; advice on planning a successful family vacation; and side trips to Lexington, Concord, Plymouth, and the North Shore.

Frommer's Boston also includes a color fold-out map.
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Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance



Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance
Ralf Korn, Elke Korn, and Gerald Kroisandt | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 484 | Finances and Money
Offering a unique balance between applications and calculations, Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance incorporates the application background of finance and insurance with the theory and applications of Monte Carlo methods. It presents recent methods and algorithms, including the multilevel Monte Carlo method, the statistical Romberg method, and the Heath–Platen estimator, as well as recent financial and actuarial models, such as the Cheyette and dynamic mortality models.

The authors separately discuss Monte Carlo techniques, stochastic process basics, and the theoretical background and intuition behind financial and actuarial mathematics, before bringing the topics together to apply the Monte Carlo methods to areas of finance and insurance. This allows for the easy identification of standard Monte Carlo tools and for a detailed focus on the main principles of financial and insurance mathematics. The book describes high-level Monte Carlo methods for standard simulation and the simulation of stochastic processes with continuous and discontinuous paths. It also covers a wide selection of popular models in finance and insurance, from Black–Scholes to stochastic volatility to interest rate to dynamic mortality.

Through its many numerical and graphical illustrations and simple, insightful examples, this book provides a deep understanding of the scope of Monte Carlo methods and their use in various financial situations. The intuitive presentation encourages readers to implement and further develop the simulation methods.
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Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with Male Eating Disorders in the Family


Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with Male Eating Disorders in the Family
Jenny Langley | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Sage Publications Ltd | 193 | Health and Care
'The book is immensely reassuring to any parent who has experienced at first hand the problems that a young boy already caught up in the maelstrom of adolescence can both experience and cause when anorexia arrives. Any parent or carer concerned about a boy who may be developing or has already developed an eating disorder will find this book useful and supportive even when it is talking about the most difficult problems that affect sufferers and their families' - Signpost

`This is a detailed observational account of severe Anorexia Nervosa in a boy, and the effect on his family. It documents their emotional and torturous journey through treatment back to full health. The descriptions of the disorder are written without jargon and with great accuracy. The book is packed with practical tips on how to manage everyday situations. This is truly a book that adolescents, their families, and clinicians should read' - Dr David Firth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

`'Boys don’t get anorexia' is a phrase that any parent who is concerned about a son who is losing too much weight or exercising excessively will hear at some time or other. Well, boys DO get eating disorders and in this very personal and insightful book, Jenny Langley looks at what it means to have a son who does in fact have anorexia. Jenny writes about the way in which the disorder crept up on her family and then seemed to take over the household. The slow painful climb of [her] son back to recovery is recounted in uncomfortable detail. Ultimately however this is a story of hope. Joe does recover eventually and although life is by no means the same as before, it does return to a new normality' - From the foreword by Steve Bloomfield, Eating Disorders Association

'A clearly described account of adolescent behaviour patterns which can lead to anorexia, written for worried parents, but useful to anyone working either with a boy diagnosed as anorexic, or a member of his family... It offers both sensible and sensitive information as to what to expect, suggests courses of action, and provides lists of resources' - Therapy Today
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Immortal Bad Boys



Immortal Bad Boys
Rebecca York,Rosemary Laurey,Linda Thomas-Sundstrom | 2010-09-01 00:00:00 | Brava | 320 | Anthologies
"Night Ecstasy" by Rebecca York - New Orleans is a city pulsing with every forbidden pleasure three-hundred-year-old vampire Jules DeMario desires - including artist Taylor Lawson. And as their relationship becomes more intimate and erotic, more than Taylor's creativity finds stimulation..."Velvet Night" by Rosemary Laurey - Police officer Vickie Anderson is in the Virginia mountains looking for solitude. What she finds is seductive Pete Falcon. The cop in her says stay away. But the woman in her can't resist his almost feral combination of sex and danger..."Midnight Court" by Linda Thomas Sundstrom - A creature of the night, handsome Christopher Dante is as lustful as any man. At Lord Rothchilde's infamously debauched Midnight Court, he meets temptation: the innocent future bride of Lord Rothchilde himself. But in this Midnight Court, both Dante and his jealous former lover, Elizabeth, will have to risk their hearts in order to survive...
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I can't believe how poorly writen thse three stories were. The first, Night Ectasy had no character depth at all. Velvet Night could have been written by a seventh grader who really likes exclamation points and Nigh Court was very confusing and disjointed. What a waste of money.
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Story 1 was OK. Nothing spectacular, but an OK read. Story 2 was the one I found most enjoyable... at least until the end. The backstory cleaned up nicely in a paragraph while the heroine sat at home. Pu-leeze. Story 3 was horrible. Overdone drama and a hero that taunted his prey with ridiculous prose and riddles before eating them... and that was the hero. This one was so bad I couldn't stomach reading it.



Overall it was OK, but I'm glad I didn't buy it new.
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Brava has really cornered the market on the anthology romance and "Immortal Bad Boys" is another fun addition to this "Bad Boy" line.



Rebecca York's "Night Ecstasy" brings together artist Taylor Lawson and vampire Jules DeMario in hot steamy New Orleans. Taylor has lost her muse when it comes to her painting. A friend recommends she contact Jules, she has no idea what she's about to get into. But the night has a lot to offer if one is willing to take a chance.



Rosemary Laurey's "Velvet Night" is the story of police officer Vickie Anderson who needs some time away from the frantic pace of D.C. and her job. A mountain retreat is just the answer but when bad boy Pete Falcon shows up...well, bad is looking better and better. Will she be able to deal with his secret or will she play it safe?



Linda Thomas-Sundstrom's "Midnight Court" is a sensual historical vampire romance, which has Christopher Dante and his lover Elizabeth Rothschild playing a dangerous game of trying to stay one step ahead of fate. Will they succeed?



All three were entertaining romances. Only problem...there truly wasn't any "closure" as far as the romance end of things. Do these couples enjoy a happy ending or what? Despite this all three ladies have taken the vampire myth and honed it to suit their needs. In other words...each story is unique and an interesting addition to the genre of vampire romance.


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`A fantastic anthology, full of eroticism, danger and some thoroughly immortal bad boys, what more could you ask for? I loved all three stories!'



Night Ecstasy by Rebecca York (as written by Ruth Glick) is a wonderful, entertaining story about an artist Taylor Lawson who, needing new inspiration, moves to New Orleans away from her old life, and ex-boyfriend. Feeling a stranger in an unknown place, she is delighted when she meets cool, sexy Jules De Mario, and finds herself spellbound by his charm and need to protect her. When Jules finds out why she has moved, he offers to take her sightseeing to some great sources of inspiration, and their relationship develops at full speed. Which is unusual for Taylor, as she doesn't normally act so smitten in such a short space of time and she begins to wonder why. One morning she discovers two tiny holes on her neck and cannot believe what she is thinking. Suspicious, she decides to investigate the man she somehow cannot resist. As Taylor searches for answers she stumbles upon a life changing discovery, which will either kill or cure her their relationship. This is an entertaining contemporary vampire story about two people who cannot get enough of each other, despite complications. Well written, with an arousing vampiric theme.



Rosemary Laurey's Velvet Night begins in Vickie Anderson's holiday home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she escaped the daily stress of life as a Washington D.C police officer. As soon as she arrives, hunk Pete Falcon turns up on his motorbike and introduces himself. Both quickly find themselves falling in love, unable to stay away from each other. But Pete holds a couple of deadly secrets, he's a newly formed vampire having trouble controlling his lusty urges when he's around her, and he is a DEA agent working on a case to find a meth lab. After finding Pete trapped in a bear trap, seeing his fangs he is forced to reveal the truth. But Vickie is not easily put off, and knows time is precious, for once the case is unravelled he will leave her for his next mission. Needing to enjoy his company while she can, Vickie decides to assist him solve the case. How does she cope with Pete's lifestyle? Will he leave her, break her heart and never see her again? You'll have to read it to find out!



Midnight Court by Linda Thomas Sundstrom. When Lady Elizabeth invites Vampire Christopher Dante to her brother's castle, it is inevitable they begin a relationship. However, upon meeting her brother's fiancée, Dante becomes trapped in the deception and greed surrounding the Midnight Court. With temptation in the form of Lord Rothchilde's future bride, Dante underestimates the power she has over him, and his relationship with Elizabeth is tested to the limit. Should Elizabeth get her way, their relationship will not only survive but strengthen. If she fails to win her man, he will be trapped in the castle forever. As an avenging angel, jealous Elizabeth is determined to do anything to keep Dante safe from a destiny he cannot foresee. Linda Thomas Sundstrom's Midnight Court has a different writing style full of descriptive prose and an equally enticing plot. I found this a refreshing vampire fantasy, well deserving its place within this anthology.



This is one book worthy of a place on my `to be read again' shelf. All three stories are arousing, thought provoking and have great vampire leads who are guaranteed to leave you asking for more!



Tracy-Jane Newton

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THE STORIES BY REBECCA YORK AND ROSEMARY LAUREY WERE FINE. THE STORY BY LINDA THOMAS-SUNDSTROM HAS TO BE THE WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I FELT LIKE I WAS PULLING TEACH JUST TO GET TO THE PUNCH LINE...BUT THERE WAS NONE! I WOULD NOT BOTHER TO READ HER AGAIN.

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Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes, Assessment, Threats, Management and Conservation (Developments in Hydrobiology)



Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes, Assessment, Threats, Management and Conservation (Developments in Hydrobiology)
H. Queiroga,M.R. Cunha,A. Cunha,M.H. Moreira,V. Quintino,A.M. Rodrigues,J. Serôdio,R.M. Warwick | 2006-03-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 356 | Conservation

This volume presents the four sub-themes of the 38th European Marine Biology Symposium. These are patterns and processes, assessment, threats and management and conservation. Understanding the functioning of marine ecosystems is the first step towards measuring and predicting the influence of Man, and to finding solutions for the enormous array of problems we face today. The papers in this book represent current research and concerns about Marine Biodiversity in Europe.



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Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Architectural Design)


Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Architectural Design)
Will Alsop, Denise Bratton, Mark Burry | 2008-08-25 00:00:00 | Wiley Academy Press | 136 | Architecture
The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal.

With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.
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Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will



Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will
Nancey Murphy | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press | 352 | Psychology
A Brilliant Resource!

As part of a solid and well thought through academic review, Murphy and Brown suggest that popularizations of recent developments in neuroscience and philosophy have begun to stimulate public discussion. However, they suggest that many popularizers are not only physicalists but also ardent reductionists. Essentially the main theme of their argument seems to be to counter the position that all physicalist accounts of the human condition need necessarily be reductive.

On this basis, they move toward the development of a theory that avoids the hangovers of Cartesian materialism and causal reductionism by viewing the human condition as part of a self directed, self causing system. They achieve this by drawing on the seminal work of leading thinkers likes Juarrero, Deacon, Ellis, Sperry, Van Gulick, Dennett and Damasio (to name but a few). Of central importance to Murphy and Brown's argument appear to be concepts like emergence, supervenience and downward causation, all of which enable the possibility of higher and lower ordering principles, interlevel causality and dynamic processes.

Even if you don't agree with the final conclusions or ultimate positions of these authors; the book is a brilliant resource for anyone wanting to understand more about current scientific and philisophical debates underpinning contemporary neuroscientific research. Highly recommended!
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SUN SHINES BRIGHT



SUN SHINES BRIGHT
ISAAC ASIMOV | 1984-01-01 00:00:00 | HarperCollins | 272 | Astronomy

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Innovation in Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Development



Innovation in Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Development
Daniel Brissaud,Serge Tichkiewitch,Peggy Zwolinski | 2006-07-11 00:00:00 | Springer | 448 | CAD

The focus of this book is the consideration of environmental issues in engineering process and product design. It presents a selection of 30 papers ensuing from the 12th CIRP International seminar on Life Cycle Engineering. This book is of interest to academics, students and practitioners, specializing in environmental issues in mechanical engineering, design and manufacturing. This volume is recommended as a reference textbook for all researchers in the field.



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Hidden Connections, Double Meanings: A Mathematical Exploration



Hidden Connections, Double Meanings: A Mathematical Exploration
Cambridge University Press | 1988-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 164 | Mathematics
This book subverts and surprises. It explores mathematical topics, finding amazing similarities and looking at familiar objects in new ways. It shows mathematics as something mysterious, intriguing and pleasurably puzzling. You do not need to be a mathematician to enjoy this book. The style is relaxed. It emphasises insight and imagination rather than technique. The book also includes many problems and puzzles for you to try, with hints and solutions.
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The Twenty-First Century Confronts Its Gods: Globalization, Technology, and War



The Twenty-First Century Confronts Its Gods: Globalization, Technology, and War
David J. Hawkin | 2004-08-12 00:00:00 | State University of New York Press | 222 | Social Sciences

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Sentiment in the Forex Market: Indicators and Strategies To Profit from Crowd Behavior and Market Extremes (Wiley Trading)



Sentiment in the Forex Market: Indicators and Strategies To Profit from Crowd Behavior and Market Extremes (Wiley Trading)
Jamie Saettele | 2008-08-04 00:00:00 | Wiley | 196 | Foreign Exchange
Crowds move markets and at major market turning points, the crowds are almost always wrong. When crowd sentiment is overwhelmingly positive or overwhelmingly negative ? it's a signal that the trend is exhausted and the market is ready to move powerfully in the opposite direction. Sentiment has long been a tool used by equity, futures, and options traders.

In Sentiment in the Forex Market, FXCM analyst Jaime Saettele applies sentiment analysis to the currency market, using both traditional and new sentiment indicators, including: Commitment of Traders reports; time cycles; pivot points; oscillators; and Fibonacci time and price ratios. He also explains how to interpret news coverage of the markets to get a sense of when participants have become overly bullish or bearish. Saettele points out that several famous traders such as George Soros and Robert Prechter made huge profits by identifying shifts in crowd sentiment at major market turning points. Many individual traders lose money in the currency market, Saettele asserts, because they are too short-term oriented and trade impulsively. He believes retail traders would be much more successful if they adopted a longer-term, contrarian approach, utilizing sentiment indicators to position themselves at the beginning points of major trends.
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Below are the dates of the 5 star reviews.



7 of 8 are written on 4 Nov 2008

1 of 8 was written on 3 Nov 2008



The book was published on 4 Aug 2008.



Please draw your own conclusions.


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I am a long time reader of DailyFX site and find it very useful.

One tool that caught my attention some time ago was the COT report column, write by Jamie Saettele.

The book goes further in explain the COT report itself, how to generate indicators from COT data, how to interpret it and, finally, how to use it as a tool to help trigger trades.

Well explained, with plenty of charts, it also has an introduction to Elliot Wave theory, largely used by the author in his tracking of markets.

I recommend the book because of it introduces this subject in a very straight forward way, easy to understand and apply immediately in your trading routine.
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Perhaps it is because I am a woman, but I have long believed that emotions and psychology can move markets more than fundamentals, and Jaime Saettele knocks this concept out of the park in this book. As retail investors like myself begin to dabble more in the foreign exchange markets, it is important to understand how to rationally interpret market sentiment amidst the daily volatility. In these days of information overload with CNBC and Wall Street Journal constantly bombarding the investing public, Saettele outlines how to correctly identify scenarios where going against the majority can translate to profit. This book was highly recommended to me, and I would do the same to anyone looking for an intelligent and entertaining take on how to be a successful long-term investor in the Forex markets.
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As someone who has become increasingly leery of equities (who hasn't), I needed an introduction to a new market. When a friend recommended the Forex market, I bit immediately. The next thing he recommended was Saettele's book. I couldn't be happier with where it's taken me, and I don't miss sweating my stocks one bit. Pick up this book.
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Jamie truly understands how forex markets work from a historical and current standpoint. His insight will prove to be relevant for years to come. I highly recommend.

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USSR Mathematical Olympiads 19891992 (Enrichment Series, Volume 11)



USSR Mathematical Olympiads 19891992 (Enrichment Series, Volume 11)
Arkadii M. Slinko | 1997-01-01 00:00:00 | AMT Publishing | 136 | Subjects
Arkadii Slinko, now at the University of Auckland, was one of the leading figures of the USSR Mathematical Olympiad Committee during the last years before democratisation. This book brings together the problems and solutions of the last four years of the All-Union Mathematics Olympiads. Not only are the problems and solutions highly expository but the book is worth reading alone for the fascinating history of mathematics competitions to be found in the introduction.

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The Clever Body



The Clever Body
Gabor Csepregi | 2006-06-30 00:00:00 | University of Calgary Press | 198 | Philosophy
In Western civilisation, we have come to regard the body as an instrument or a machine that responds to external challenges but does not have a life or creativity of its own. Author Gabor Csepregi describes in detail the nature and scope of these innate abilities - our sensibility, spontaneity, mimetic faculty, sense of rhythm, memory, and imagination - and reflects on their significance in human life.
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An Olympic athlete, a professor, a profound thinker - I guess one would need all these qualifications to write an exciting and entertaining work of philosophy about the human body. We all know that we depend on our bodies and that we ought to keep fit (although I think if this book attains the popularity it deserves, we will see fewer overweight inert bodies on beaches), but most of us have no idea how to keep in tune with our bodies or how to expand our emotional range. The Clever Body deals with the challenge of how to break down the barrier between mind and body to live more intelligent and creative lives. It is likely to delight anyone who enjoys thinking.

Stephen Vizinczey
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The author, a highly regarded college professor, is a philosopher, theologian, musicologist and former Olympic competitor and coach; this book is a synthesis of his comprehensive, well grounded (academic and practical) knowledge and experience of the body and its innate wisdom. His flowing writing style ensures the topic has an accessibility to the reader, crossing barriers of context and meaning - so whether you are engaged in the healing arts, music, dance, drama, sport or purely cerebral activity; this book will have a resonance and provide opportunities for fresh insight to deepen your experience and relationship with your own clever body. Excellent.

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W-Algebras



W-Algebras
Jacob T Schwartz | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Gordon & B | 266 | Subjects

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Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty



Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty
Ali Gheissari,Vali Nasr | 2006-06-15 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 232 | Iran
Today Iran is once again in the headlines. Reputed to be developing nuclear weapons, the future of Iraq's next-door neighbor is a matter of grave concern both for the stability of the region and for the safety of the global community. President George W. Bush labeled it part of the "Axis of Evil," and rails against the country's authoritarian leadership. Yet as Bush trumpets the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East, few note that Iran has one of the longest-running experiences with democracy in the region.

In this book, Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr look at the political history of Iran in the modern era, and offer an in-depth analysis of the prospects for democracy to flourish there. After having produced the only successful Islamist challenge to the state, a revolution, and an Islamic Republic, Iran is now poised to produce a genuine and indigenous democratic movement in the Muslim world. Democracy in Iran is neither a sudden development nor a western import, Gheissari and Nasr argue. The concept of democracy in Iran today may appear to be a reaction to authoritarianism, but it is an old idea with a complex history, one that is tightly interwoven with the main forces that have shaped Iranian society and politics, institutions, identities, and interests. Indeed, the demand for democracy first surfaced in Iran a century ago at the end of the Qajar period, and helped produce Iran's surprisingly liberal first constitution in 1906. Gheissari and Nasr seek to understand why democracy failed to grow roots and lost ground to an autocratic Iranian state. Why was democracy absent from the ideological debates of the 1960s and 1970s? Most important, why has it now become a powerful social, political, and intellectual force? How have modernization, social change, economic growth, and the experience of the revolution converged to make this possible?

Gheissari and Nasr trace the fortunes of the democratic ideal from the inchoate demands for rule of law and constitutionalism of a century ago to today's calls for individual rights and civil liberties. In the process they provide not just a fresh look at Iran's politics but also a new understanding of the way in which democracy can develop in a Muslim country.
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An excellent history of modern Iran and the Islamic Republic, as well as the struggle for democracy, all the way up until Ahmadinejad and the elections he stole and the democracy movement that followed it. It would great if the authors updated the book.
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The two Iranian-American scholars argue that quest for democracy began in Iran over a century ago and there are structural reasons why it has not succeeded. They argue to develop Iran has invested in building a powerful state which has then made democracy impossible. Recent suppression of election riots show that the state is still suppressing democracy. The book is also a very good historical survey of modern Iran.
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In this book, Gheissari and Nasr propose to use Iran as a way to study the relationship between democracy and the state. However, I found this book most useful for understanding the changing role of the Iranian state during the 20th century. It explores the interest groups that supported the various governments and dynamics during different periods. The book can serve as a more sophisticated political history of Iran for somebody who is already vaguely familiar with the key historical events and figures. This is not a book for beginners.



The book's theory is not well developed and really only addressed in the introduction. In the introduction, they state that democracy must permeate citizens' minds before it can change their political system. The suggest that they will focus on the ideology of democracy as a variable in democracy-building. However, there was relatively little discussion of democracy per se as opposed to the state and interest group politics. For example, the authors note whom the middle class and "bazar" supported at certain times. They argue one of the Shah's major weaknesses was that he focused on winning the support of the middle class, rather than the broader poor. The discussion is extremely useful for understanding the Iranian state and state-society relations, but the book really only focuses on democracy during the Khatami presidency. Even then, it is not clear that people in Iran do not accept democracy, but rather that they viewed the democratic Khatami's administration as having failed to push reforms. Perhaps the authors could have included a conclusion to tie their theory together for the reader, but as is the book is unconvincing.
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Will Iran be a democracy? Gheissari and Nasr gives a good overview of history of Irania history with one point in mind: why has there been so much debate over democracy but no real democracy. This is a serious book with a good deal of history. A must read for all those who discuss future of democracy in the Muslim world and Iran.
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This a serious and smart book about the history of democracy in a Muslim country. It shows that democracy is not a new idea for Iranians. They have debated and experimented with it, and why they have failed to become democratic has more to do with political developments in that country than any other issue. The authors do a good job of explaining the weight of historical developments in how democracy develops and why its succeeds or fails. A good news in this book is that despite its harsh government there is more debate and interest in democracy than at any other time in recent Iranian history, and more Iranians now see it as a practical idea than before.

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Literate Programming (Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes)



Literate Programming (Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes)
Donald E. Knuth | 1992-01-01 00:00:00 | Center for the Study of Language and Inf; 1 edition | 384 | Computers (Other)
Literate programming is a programming methodology that combines a programming language with a documentation language, making programs more robust, more portable, and more easily maintained than programs written only in a high-level language. Computer programmers already know both kinds of languages; they need only learn a few conventions about alternating between languages to create programs that are works of literature. A literate programmer is an essayist who writes programs for humans to understand, instead of primarily writing instructions for machines to follow. When programs are written in the recommended style they can be transformed into documents by a document compiler and into efficient code by an algebraic compiler. This anthology of essays from the inventor of literate programming includes Knuth's early papers on related topics such as structured programming, as well as the Computer Journal article that launched literate programming itself.
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Technique and Application in Dental Anthropology (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)



Technique and Application in Dental Anthropology (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)
Joel D. Irish,Greg C. Nelson | 2008-02-25 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 470 | Mammals
Bringing together a variety of today's most accomplished dental researchers Technique and Application in Dental Anthropology covers a range of topics germane to the study of human and other primate teeth. The chapters encompass work on individuals to samples, ranging from prehistoric to modern times. The focus throughout the book is the methodology required for the study of modern dental anthropology, comprising the most up-to-date scientific methods in use today - ranging from simple observation to advanced computer-based analyses - which can be utilized by the reader in their own dental research. Originating from the 20th anniversary meeting of the Dental Anthropology Association, this is a valuable reference source for graduate students, academic researchers and professionals in the social and life sciences, as well as clinicians.

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Philippine Recipes Made Easy



Philippine Recipes Made Easy
Violeta A. Noriega | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Paperworks | 192 | Pacific Rim
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Philippine cuisine is not native to me but I'm thoroughly enjoying these easy-to-follow recipes. And the results are spectacular!



A completely novel way to enjoy familiar ingredients in a whole new (and healthy) way. A little experience with Violeta's recipes will give you confidence to try unfamilar or exotic ingredients, too (most of which are very easy to find).



Steamed orange roughy with onions and ginger is YUMMY. (Note: fillets will steam in 2-3 minutes, depending on the size. American cooks will appreciate it if you double the sauce ingredients as we enjoy extra sauce with our rice)



Fresh spinach with ginger, hot chile peppers and coconut milk is out of this world.



I hear Filipinos love their coconuts. As soon as I get my hands on some Michiko rice flour, I won't wait any longer to prepare Violeta's Coconut Cake. I hear it is wonderful and I don't doubt it!



This book is filled with easy, exotic and wonderful recipes with an intriguing and delightful island flair for freshness.



GREAT for a beginner!


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I just learned how to write reviews so I am happy to be able to write a review about this book. I really love the recipes found in this book. They are home style foods, just like my grandma used to cook. If you have never tried the food of the Philippines then you should order this book and try it out! You will love it!
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I am always hesitant to believe reviews on filipino cookbooks and recipes because you never know if the person writing the review is filipino which I think alters the comments especially versus a native who grew up with the culture and the food.

I grew up with this stuff and am filipino and I just absolutely love this book! Mine is worn from being used so often. Sadly, I am 2nd generation Filipino American and like many in my generation, many traditions have fallen to the wayside. It was nice to have a book to refer to when my mom and lolas aren't available to tell me their recipe. Very very very easy to use and the recipes are delicious. I wish they had photos of each item though!
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man this book is so cool. basics are there and has been passed around my work for the longest time. Everyone seems to like it.
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The title really speaks for the book itself. This is a great cookbook with classic, homestyle Philippine recipes that you find to be tested, tried and true. Nothing fancy, no pictures or lengthy dish descriptions, just the basics and sometimes that's all you are looking for.

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The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939



The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939
Deborah Cohen | 2001-09-17 00:00:00 | University of California Press | 299 | England
Disabled veterans were the First World War's most conspicuous legacy. Nearly eight million men in Europe returned from the First World War permanently disabled by injury or disease. In The War Come Home, Deborah Cohen offers a comparative analysis of the very different ways in which two belligerent nations--Germany and Britain--cared for their disabled. At the heart of this book is an apparent paradox. Although postwar Germany provided its disabled veterans with generous benefits, they came to despise the state that favored them. Disabled men proved susceptible to the Nazi cause. By contrast, British ex-servicemen remained loyal subjects, though they received only meager material compensation. Cohen explores the meaning of this paradox by focusing on the interplay between state agencies and private philanthropies on one hand, and the evolving relationship between disabled men and the general public on the other.

Written with verve and compassion, The War Come Home describes in affecting detail disabled veterans' lives and their treatment at the hands of government agencies and private charities in Britain and Germany. Cohen's study moves from the intimate confines of veterans' homes to the offices of high-level bureaucrats; she tells of veterans' protests, of disabled men's families, and of the well-heeled philanthropists who made a cause of the war's victims. This superbly researched book provides an important new perspective on the ways in which states and societies confront the consequences of industrialized warfare.
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There has nothing been published like this before. The author definately acheives her purpose in this book and wrote an astounding account that I recommend to all who study or enjoy reading about WWI-WWII.



In The War Come Home Cohen reviews the effects of the high numbers of WWI veterans on the nations of Britain and Germany and the two nations' responses. A focus is on the discontent that grew within Germany's veterans at their Reich's determination and inability to provide for their soldiers and at England's refusal to support veterans, citing it as a matter of charity of which the private sector was responsible. Cohen shows how both nations took completely different determinations on the issue of providing for wounded vets and how this related to propelling the introduction of WWII.



She (the author) uses excellent and extensive research of both primary and secondary sources and in a style more inclined toward that of a political scientist than a historian offers empirical data as evidence. However, she also uses examples to understand the men and their families in a way that makes you sympathize with them but not feel pity for them.



A criticism of this book would be that it is a bit longer than probably necessary. Cohen's examples could have been reduced in number and the book still could have acheived its purpose.

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E-Business@Print: Internet-Based Services and Processes (X.media.publishing)



E-Business@Print: Internet-Based Services and Processes (X.media.publishing)
| 2005-04-29 00:00:00 | | 0 | Miscellaneous


The Internet has created new business areas for the graphic arts industry: Information is formatted to be published both on paper and on-line and new forms of cooperation with customers and co-producers develop. The author gives a broad review of new services and processes, the Internet has made possible. The reader gains insight into the existing diversity of notions and concepts. Various examples shed light on specific applications such as online editing systems, Web-based project management tools, and online-tracking of print processes. Two viewpoints are being considered: The viewpoint of the entrepreneur who introduces electronic business concepts to optimize the company's processes, and the viewpoint of the service provider supplying e-business services. The book enables business executives to make sound decisions on which solution promises the maximum benefit to respond to specific business challenges. Thus it is an indispensible guide for business executives in the graphic arts industry.




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Kilt Trilogy (3 Books)


Kilt Trilogy (3 Books)
Sandy Blair | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Zebra | 3 | Fiction Other
Kilt Trilogy - Sandy Blair

1. A Man In A Kilt (Zebra Debut); 2. A Rogue In A Kilt (Zebra Historical Romance); 3. A Thief In A Kilt. ”
A Man In A Kilt (Zebra Debut)
Publisher: Zebra (September 1, 2004) | Language: English | ISBN-10: 0821777661 | 121 pages

“ Duncan MacDougall, the laird of Blackstone, was cursed centuries ago to wander as a ghost within the echoing walls of his island castle - and only one woman can free him. Can it be the new mistress of Blackstone, just arrived from over the sea? Duncan has heard that pretty Miss Elizabeth Pudding is no more than a cook - and she hails from a barbarous land called the Bronx. But she must learn the ways of a lady all the same - and she must stay at Blackstone for six long months to inherit it. 'Tis time enough to teach her - and time enough to woo her. Duncan MacDougall is a tall, translucent figure with black hair and piercing blue eyes. Yet a mist separates him from the land of the living...a mist as strong as cold steel. It is said that only love can dissolve it - and bring the man of her dreams to warm, breathing life. ”



A Rogue In A Kilt (Zebra Historical Romance)
Publisher: Zebra (December 1, 2004) | Language: English | ISBN-10: 082177767X | 156 pages

“ In this light hearted romantic tale, a medieval Scottish knight who must wed quickly in order to win the keys to a castle, falls under the loving spell of a gifted healer. ”




A Thief In A Kilt
Publisher: Zebra (November 1, 2006) | Language: English | ISBN-10: 0821779966 | 206 pages

“ Scoundrel, seducer, Sir Ian MacKay deserves to be called the Thief of Hearts. Yet, he is a man with a mission: to return Scotland's rightful king to his ancestral throne. But first he must find out the true identity of the mysterious woman whose beauty and wit have dazzled the court...and why she is avoiding him. Can it be possible that Kate Templeton is an English spy? Though Ian insists that no woman has ever refused him, Kate vows to resist his scandalous charm. Leading him on a merry chase all over Scotland is the best way to safeguard her heart. Yet a passionate confron
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96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire 2nd Ed.



96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire 2nd Ed.
Falcone, Paul. | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | New York AMACOM Books | 272 | Interview and Resume
Presents insights into underlying reasons behind interview questions and shows you how to interpret the response in a straightforward and useful way. Includes customized, pinpoint questions for every hiring scenario, with examples and real-life applications.

PART I INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY HIGH-PERFORMANCE CANDIDATES 10 Interview Questions to Identify High-Performance Candidates against them, you’re realizing the pitfalls of this question. Then bring them back to reality by requesting that they tie their responses in to the business world and your industry. Getting the prospective new hire to commit to that number of years sets up your longterm expectations and minimizes the chances of premature turnover due to a lack of sufficient growth opportunities. So instead of listening to a staff accountant address her desire to attain her first divisional controllership with your Fortune 500 organization, you’ll hear more about the candidate’s desire to assume broader duties as a staff ...
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Understanding Global Health (LANGE Clinical Medicine)



Understanding Global Health (LANGE Clinical Medicine)
William Markle,Melanie Fisher,Jr., Ray Smego | 2007-07-25 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Professional | 384 | Health Policy

The rapidly evolving world of global health and medicine -- in the palm of your hand

"The book's 17 multi-authored chapters cover contemporary global public health remarkably well....Overall, it is a superb introductory text for preclinical and public health novices in global health across a wide spectrum of health careers."--Family Medicine Journal

"This is a welcome addition to the expanding roster of books on global health. It is well written and provides appropriate background information required to initiate any study program in global health. 3 Stars."--Doody's Review Service

Understanding Global Health is the groundbreaking, go-to primer that puts global health and its many challenges into sharp focus like no other text. Written with the nonspecialist in mind, this powerful resource expertly reviews all the core topics that you must know in order to thrive in this decentralized new global health environment. It's all here: unique, authoritative coverage of public health concepts, plus insights into infectious diseases and clinical medicine-everything you need to truly comprehend how global medicine is dramatically affecting today's practice of medicine-and to prepare for your role in it.


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I chose this book as a textbook for an undergraduate summer course on global and public health. The book is probably among the best available and I found it providing the level of information needed for a short course. The chapters are short enough to each be read in a couple of hours or so making them good homework assignments. The book covers the main areas of global health. Some chapters would have benefited from expansive discussion such as the environmental health chapter that focused on water quality and sanitation or infectious diseases chapter. Topics of tobacco or chronic diseases are not covered or missed from the book. But in all, this is a good book and written in an easy and understandalbe language even for the lay person and I would recommend it.

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Phenomenology of Perception: An Introduction



Phenomenology of Perception: An Introduction
Maurice Merleau-Ponty,Colin Smith | 1995-01-13 00:00:00 | Routledge | 488 | French
Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-1961) is one of the foremost French philosophers of the 20th century. He is widely regarded for his contributions to phenomenology and the effect his work had on French existentialism and literature. His most important work and his most widely read work is Phenomenology of Perception.

In Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty examines the different associationist and intellectualist conceptions of perception. He rejects both of them on the grounds that they establish an overly rigid relation between stimulus and impression, and secondly, because the world is not entirely the work of a constituting subject. The body is not one object among many, he suggests, but rather it is our means of belonging to the world, and facing tasks. He compellingly argues that body is not geometrical, but conveys a spatiality of situation, an orientation toward a possible world. The ``body image'' is fully interrogated, and gesture, speech, and sexuality are presented as modes of expression that accrue meaning in relation to one another

The strength of M. Merleau-Ponty's masterly work lies in his concluding thoughts on Being-for-itself and Being-in-the-World. In elaborating this distinction, Merleau-Ponty's avoids the trappings of solipsistic reasoning, and makes a classic case for the field of Being- in-the-World's and Being-for-itself radical interdependence, an independence which i which is perceived has no absolute basis that is theoretically divorceable from quotidian practices. Yet, he suggests, there is never certainty, even in the inner life. Only retrospectively can calm, serenity of being be illusorily achieved as subjects are constantly in a process of self-constitution. He concludes that we choose our world, and our world chooses us.
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This is an impossible book to review. The magnitude of what Merleau-Ponty takes on and accomplishes in this work is simply astounding. This is truly one of the most brilliant works of philosophy ever written (be sure to check out his other works as well which are equally brilliant!).



Phenomenology of Perception is first and foremost, as the title suggests, a detailed and extremely sophisticated phenomenological analysis of perception. This might seem like a highly technical topic which would only be of interest to specialists working within this very specific field. Nothing could be further from the truth. The implications of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception extend to every single problem and field of philosophy.



Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception is immediately relevant to metaphysics and ontology as his work utterly demolishes the ontology of res extensa and res cogitans which has its origin in Descartes. Much of Continental philosophy is taken up with a critique of the Cartesian subject and this is certainly true of Merleau-Ponty's work as well. Merleau-Ponty's work, however, stands out for its sophistication, as it draws not only on Merleau-Ponty's extremely subtle and sophisticated understanding of the history of philosophy (Descartes, Malebranche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Scheler, Bergson, etc.) but also on Merleau-Ponty's extensive reading in the Gestalt psychologists, physiologists, bioligists, and neuroscientists who were working and writing on these problems at the time. Of all the phenomenologists Merleau-Ponty had the most sophisticated understanding of the sciences that were relevant to his chosen problem and it shows on every page. In other words, he is not simply aware of what other phenomenologists were saying about perception but about what scientific researchers were saying about perception as well.



Merleau-Ponty's work is directly relevant to the mind-body problem as well. His work utterly demolishes (in my opinion) the notion of the Cartesian theater and the representational theory of perception. Anyone still struggling with these problems who is working within the traditional mind-body paradigm and attempting to work out the relationship between `internal representations' and `external reality' is, in my very humble opinion, wasting their time, and needs to read this book before they waste any more.



Merleau-Ponty's analysis of the genesis of "truth" (illustrated through an analysis of the genesis of geometrical truth) is directly relevant to the problem of the relation between ideality and reality (i.e., the problem of universals); a problem that is as old as philosophy itself going all the way back to Plato and his notion of Forms and the obscure meaning he assigns to the notion of participation. Merleau-Ponty further develops these ideas in The Visible and the Invisible which comes about as close to carrying through Nietzsche's project of "overturning Platonism" as anything I have read. Merleau-Ponty's work and his notion of expressive cognition could also, I think, fruitfully be brought into the whole realism/anti-realism debate on this point. His theories of expressive cognition are directly relevant to the problem of the relation between `conceptual theories' and `preconceptual reality'.



Merleau-Ponty's existential phenomenology also provides a ground for attacking the problems of time and free-will which have plagued philosophers for centuries. These problems cannot be solved, according to Merleau-Ponty, if one begins by adopting a third-person attitude towards them (actually the same can be said for every `philosophical problem' in Merleau-Ponty's opinion). Merleau-Ponty also provides, in the process of elaborating his own position, a nuanced summary and devastating critique of Sartre's notion of freedom as presented in Being and Nothingness in the final chapter of this work. Merleau-Ponty's analysis here will be equally relevant to Marxists who are working on the problems of class consciousness or on the philosophy of history. Merleau-Ponty charts out an interesting position in which the individual is no longer the subject of history while simultaneously avoding the positing of an absolute spirit as the true subject of history a la Hegel. As always Merleau-Ponty's position on this point is extremely subtle and enlightening and seems to me absolutely correct as far as it goes.



So this book is not simply a work written for specialists working in the phenomenology of perception. This work should be read by anyone who is seriously interested in philosophy. I should say that this work will prove extremely difficult, perhaps even unintelligible, for someone without a fairly firm grounding in phenomenology. You should know at least something about Husserl and Heidegger, and what they were up to, before tackling this work. If you already have a basic understanding of phenomenology than you should be set and there is simply no excuse for ignoring this work. Merleau-Ponty belongs among the ranks of Husserl and Heidegger and in my opinion often surpasses them.



P.S. A number of reviewers have pointed to the existence of typos and other typographical errors in the text. There are quite a few typos in the text but there was never a time when any of them got in the way of understanding what was being said. So do not let a few typos stand in your way. It would be a shame to let such minor problems stand in the way of reading one of the most brilliant and important works of philosophy ever written!



P.S.S. For anyone who is interested in helpful secondaries on Merleau-Ponty which will make the reading of this work more intelligible here is a list of the works I have found helpful. It is incomplete but should be a start: Merleau Ponty's Philosophy by Lawrence Hass, Merleau-Ponty's Ontology by M.C. Dillon, The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty by Gary Madison, and The Being of the Phenomenon by Renaud Barbaras. All of these books are truly excellent and I have listed them (roughly) in ascending order of difficulty. If you can make your way through those works with some degree of understanding (particularly the Barbaras which can be a challenge) you'll be in good shape. Good luck!



-Brian


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Great quality.

Also, The topic is very intriguing and thought provoking...

Very dense text, but very worth the challenge.
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The book shipped to Toronto Canada within a a week an a half. It is in excellent condition and as described. Thanks a million!!!
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This is a great work of philosophy that I highly recommend. However, do not by any means buy this Routledge edition. The pages of my copy began to fall out the first day I started reading it. I don't know why Routlege would release classics that are so poorly manufactured that the glue binding can't even hold up to a *single* reading. Total scam.
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This book is a beautiful bridge for those who still adhere to the cartesian gap theory. seating the phenomenal experience of man in and through 'body'...Merleau-Ponty opens the narrow lens of 'mental' perception to include 'the human'. An important work for our evolutionary reach forward.

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Environmental Requirements for Electromechanical and Electrical Equipment



Environmental Requirements for Electromechanical and Electrical Equipment
Ray Tricker (MSc IEng FIET FCIM FIQA FIRSE),Samantha Tricker | 1999-03-02 00:00:00 | Newnes | 416 | Engineering
This is the definitive reference containing all of the background guidance, typical ranges, details of recommended test specifications, case studies and regulations covering the environmental requirements on designers and manufacturers of electrical and electromechanical equipment worldwide.

The recent introduction of the European EMC directive is just one aspect of the requirements placed upon manufacturers and designers of electrical equipment. There are numerous national and international standards and specifications that describe the application environment in which equipment must function. Factors that must be taken into account include temperature, solar radiation, humidity, pressure, weather and the effects of water and salt, pollutants and contaminants, mechanical stresses and vibration, ergonomic considerations, electrical safety including EMC, reliability and performance. A broad range of standard tests exist which must be passed by equipment if it is to fulfil the requirements placed upon it.

Ray Tricker is the author of a number of books describing the regulatory framework within which the electronics and electrical equipment industry must function, including Quality and Standards in Electronics, also published by Newnes. This latest volume will give the designer or manufacturer a first point of reference when negotiating the minefield that is the global market for their products.


Companion to 'Quality and Standards in Electronics'
Covers essential tests and regulations for equipment designers and manufacturers
Likely to be of interest to major companies worldwide

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The Librarian's Genealogy Notebook: A Guide to Resources (ALA Readers' Advisory)



The Librarian's Genealogy Notebook: A Guide to Resources (ALA Readers' Advisory)
Dahrl Elizabeth Moore | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | American Library Association | 142 | Social Sciences
This text includes information on where to begin the search for genealogical records. The introduction provides information librarians need to help patrons start the search for their family histories, whether obtaining information from the librarians own library, or from external sources.

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