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Transcend

Transcend

Author: Scarlett Dawn
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1548160903
Pages: 230
Year: 2017-09-12
The bestselling, pulse-pounding Origin series returns with Torment, an electrifying new tale that dives into the underbelly of New City. In the ravaged future when goodwill is vital, trickery and vice lurk in the darkest corners. Megan Marshall is well acquainted with torment. Her father's sick 'experiments' on his only daughter wrecked any sense of normalcy she ever dreamt of. Her life is one trial after another to stay ahead of him-and his mind games. Enter Rune Mason... He's a wicked, playful beast. But don't judge him. He enjoys his carnal pleasures and bloody battles, with equal delight. The day he meets the sassy Megan Marshall, he knows his world's screwed-in the best way. He wants her. He'll do anything to have her. Including taking on her father whose never been beaten at his own games. Rune has always loved a challenge. Megan has too. She won't be won over that easily.
Just Babies

Just Babies

Author: Paul Bloom
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307886867
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-11-12
A leading cognitive scientist argues that a deep sense of good and evil is bred in the bone. From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society—and especially parents—to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice. Still, this innate morality is limited, sometimes tragically. We are naturally hostile to strangers, prone to parochialism and bigotry. Bringing together insights from psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Bloom explores how we have come to surpass these limitations. Along the way, he examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race. In his analysis of the morality of children and adults, Bloom rejects the fashionable view that our moral decisions are driven mainly by gut feelings and unconscious biases. Just as reason has driven our great scientific discoveries, he argues, it is reason and deliberation that makes possible our moral discoveries, such as the wrongness of slavery. Ultimately, it is through our imagination, our compassion, and our uniquely human capacity for rational thought that we can transcend the primitive sense of morality we were born with, becoming more than just babies. Paul Bloom has a gift for bringing abstract ideas to life, moving seamlessly from Darwin, Herodotus, and Adam Smith to The Princess Bride, Hannibal Lecter, and Louis C.K. Vivid, witty, and intellectually probing, Just Babies offers a radical new perspective on our moral lives. From the Hardcover edition.
Torment

Torment

Author: Scarlett Dawn
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1976334810
Pages: 230
Year: 2017-09-12
The bestselling, pulse-pounding Origin series returns with Torment, an electrifying new tale that dives into the underbelly of New City. In the ravaged future when goodwill is vital, trickery and vice lurk in the darkest corners. Megan Marshall is well acquainted with torment. Her father's sick 'experiments' on his only daughter wrecked any sense of normalcy she ever dreamt of. Her life is one trial after another to stay ahead of him-and his mind games. Enter Rune Mason... He's a wicked, playful beast. But don't judge him. He enjoys his carnal pleasures and bloody battles, with equal delight. The day he meets the sassy Megan Marshall, he knows his world's screwed-in the best way. He wants her. He'll do anything to have her. Including taking on her father whose never been beaten at his own games. Rune has always loved a challenge. Megan has too. She won't be won over that easily.
A Fire Upon The Deep

A Fire Upon The Deep

Author: Vernor Vinge
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
ISBN: 1429981989
Pages: 624
Year: 2010-04-01
A Hugo award-winning Novel! “Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today.” —David Brin Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. Fleeing this galactic threat, Ravna crash lands on a strange world with a ship-hold full of cryogenically frozen children, the only survivors from a destroyed space-lab. They are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. Tor books by Vernor Vinge Realtime/Bobble Series The Peace War Marooned in Realtime Other Novels The Witling Tatja Grimm's World Rainbows End Collections Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge True Names At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
The Great Derangement

The Great Derangement

Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022632303X
Pages: 196
Year: 2016-09-14
Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement. A case in point is fiction, which is so committed to normalcy and the everyday that it has no space for the improbability of climate change events the persistent droughts, hundred-year storms, and freakish tornadoes. Our politics, likewise, seems unable to mobilize forcefully in response to climate change. Ghosh argues that politics, like literature, has become a matter of individual moral reckoning, a journey of the solitary conscience rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. A powerful nonfiction work by one of our most gifted, historically attuned novelists, "The Great Derangement "brings a fresh urgency to thinking on climate change. "
The Confessions of S. Augustine

The Confessions of S. Augustine

Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 363
Year: 1840

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Author: Sean Carroll
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780746075
Pages: 464
Year: 2016-09-01
Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams mean anything out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific worldview? Acclaimed award-winning author Sean Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear on the realms of knowledge, the laws of nature and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all. In a dazzlingly unique presentation, Carroll takes us through the scientific revolution’s avalanche of discoveries, from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself. Delving into the way the world works at the quantum, cosmic and human levels, he reveals how human values relate to scientific reality. An extraordinary synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought, The Big Picture is Carroll’s quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, from Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan to Daniel Dennett and E. O. Wilson, this book shows that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.
Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

Author: Orin (Spirit), Sanaya Roman
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 091581112X
Pages: 228
Year: 1989
This new book focuses on acquiring the skills for handling everyday life withmore joy, harmony, peace, and light. Here are more of the shared teachings ofSanaya Roman and her spirit guide, Orin, for whom she acts as a channel.
The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476764832
Pages: 592
Year: 2014-05-06
"The beloved, mega bestselling first novel from Audrey Niffenegger, "a soaring celebration of the victory of love over time" (Chicago Tribune). A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love. "The Time Traveler's Wife is an odd and enchanting love story. Most of us meet the person we love when we are adults, when the children we were are long gone. Henry and Clare--through the decidedly mixed blessing of Henry's Chrono-Displacement Disorder--have it both ways. It is a story of intense devotion filtered through time--of two people who share the best and worst of growing up as soulmates in a world that can change in an instant"(Charles Dickinson, author of A Shortcut in Time)"--
King Hall

King Hall

Author: Scarlett Dawn
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 0857990675
Pages: 210
Year: 2013-08-01
A fresh, meaty, sink–your–teeth–in–and–hold–on–tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall... King Hall – where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing – The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace – her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild–child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life. Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.
Obsidian Liquor

Obsidian Liquor

Author: Scarlett Dawn
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1508505098
Pages: 184
Year: 2015-02-16
The Lion Security series fires off with Obsidian Liquor, where no one escapes the Russian mafia's burning flame... While a brutal competition of America's heroes is held in the United States, Elizabeth Forter is on a personal mission to destroy the Mayor of New York City. But when she's caught red-handed by a man who kills for a living, her enmity rapidly turns to fear. Daniil Kozar isn't a man to trifle with, and Elizabeth is forced to strike a deal with the mafia king. Her every action is watched, and she needs to decide how to handle the gun-toting criminal--and his seductive charm. Daniil may be the devil her father warned about. Or he may be the sensual awakening Elizabeth never knew she needed. Somewhere, Elizabeth's dad is screaming a prayer... *Originally published in The Obsidian Collection* *This work contains sexual material intended for readers 18+*
The Origins of Major War

The Origins of Major War

Author: Dale C. Copeland
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801487579
Pages: 336
Year: 2001-07-26
Copeland asks why governments make decisions that lead to, sustain, and intensify conflicts, drawing on detailed historical narratives of several twentieth-century cases, including World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.
The Righteous Mind

The Righteous Mind

Author: Jonathan Haidt
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307455777
Pages: 500
Year: 2013
Presents a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind cultural clashes that are polarizing America.
The Origins of Political Order

The Origins of Political Order

Author: Francis Fukuyama
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847652816
Pages: 631
Year: 2011-05-12
Nations are not trapped by their pasts, but events that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago continue to exert huge influence on present-day politics. If we are to understand the politics that we now take for granted, we need to understand its origins. Francis Fukuyama examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order. This book starts with the very beginning of mankind and comes right up to the eve of the French and American revolutions, spanning such diverse disciplines as economics, anthropology and geography. The Origins of Political Order is a magisterial study on the emergence of mankind as a political animal, by one of the most eminent political thinkers writing today.
A Theory of Civilization

A Theory of Civilization

Author: Johan Galtung
Publisher:
ISBN: 8230005583
Pages: 241
Year: 2014