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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2014-09-09
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451636031

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This volume demystifies science studies and bridges the divide between social theory and the sociology of science.

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Genre: Science
Author: Steven Yearley
Publisher: SAGE
Release: 2005
File: 205 Pages
ISBN-13: 0803986920

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Richard Schacht
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Release: 1995
File: 276 Pages
ISBN-13: 0252064127

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Genre: Children
Author: David Smith
Publisher: The Stapleford Centre
Release: 2001
File: 24 Pages
ISBN-13: 0951653792

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Fiction is fascinating. All it provides us with is black letters on white pages, yet while we read we do not have the impression that we are merely perceiving abstract characters. Instead, we see the protagonists before our inner eye and hear their voices. Descriptions of sumptuous meals make our mouths water, we feel physically repelled by depictions of violence or are aroused by the erotic details of sexual conquests. We submerge ourselves in the fictional world that no longer stays on the paper but comes to life in our imagination. Reading turns into an out-of-the-body experience or, rather, an in-another-body experience, for we perceive the portrayed world not only through the protagonist's eyes but also through his ears, nose, tongue, and skin. In other words, we move through the literary text as if through a virtual reality.~ How does literature achieve this trick? How does it turn mere letters into vividly experienced worlds? This study argues that techniques of sensuous writing contribute decisively to bringing the text to life in the reader's imagination. In detailed interpretations of British novels of the 1980s and 1990s by writers such as John Berger, John Banville, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, or J. M. Coetzee, it uncovers literary strategies for turning the sensuous experience into words and for conveying it to the reader, demonstrating how we make sense in, and of, literature. Both readers interested in the contemporary novel and in the sensuousness of the reading experience will profit from this innovative study that not only analyses the interest of contemporary authors in the senses but also pin-points literary entry points for the sensuous force of reading.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Ralf Hertel
Publisher: Rodopi
Release: 2005
File: 243 Pages
ISBN-13: 904201864X

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"Not just for students in adult education, Making Sense of Adult Learning is for anyone working with adults in a variety of settings: business, industry, organizations, colleges, universities, and training projects. Learning is at the heart of human experience, and this guide provides essential keys to understanding how adults learn and to applying that knowledge to practical, everyday situations"--Book jacket.

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Genre: Education
Author: Dorothy MacKeracher
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release: 2004-01-01
File: 263 Pages
ISBN-13: 080203778X

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This is a research-based book that deals with a broad range of issues about mathematics teacher education. It examines teacher education programs from different societies and cultures as it develops an international perspective on mathematics teacher education. Practical situations that are associated with related theories are studied critically. It is intended for teacher educators, mathematics educators, graduate students in mathematics education, and mathematics teachers.

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Genre: Education
Author: Fou-Lai Lin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2001-07-31
File: 335 Pages
ISBN-13: 0792369866

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Making Sense of Multivariate Data Analysis is a short introduction to multivariate data analysis (MDA) for students and practitioners in the behavioral and social sciences. It provides a conceptual overview of the foundations of MDA and of a range of specific techniques including multiple regression, logistic regression, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, factor analysis, and log-linear analysis. As a conceptual introduction, the book assumes no prior statistical knowledge, and contains very few symbols or equations. Its primary objective is to expose the conceptual unity of MDA techniques both in their foundations and in the common analytic strategies that lie at the heart of all of the techniques. Although introductory, the book encourages the reader to reflect critically on the general strengths and limitations of MDA techniques. Each chapter includes references for further reading accessible to the beginner.

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Genre: Mathematics
Author: John Spicer
Publisher: SAGE
Release: 2005
File: 233 Pages
ISBN-13: 1412904013

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In this Second Edition of the bestselling Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation, authors Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt once again provide students with an engaging, innovative, and accurate introduction to social research. More than a brief derivative of Schutt's widely successful Investigating the Social World, this version is written in a less formal, occasionally humorous style, with more concise examples drawn from everyday experience, and less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Daniel F. Chambliss
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Release: 2006-02-16
File: 340 Pages
ISBN-13: 141292717X

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Word problems have been a staple of mathematics instruction for centuries, yet the rationale for their use has remained largely unexamined. A range of findings have shown how students consistently answer them in ways that fail to take account of the reality of the situations described. This monograph reports on studies carried out to investigate this "suspension of sense-making" in answering word problems. In Part One, a wide range of examples documenting the strength of the phenomenon is reviewed. Initial surprise at the findings was replaced by a conviction that the explanation lies in the culture of the mathematics classroom, specifically the rules implicitly governing the nature and interpretation of the word problem genre. This theoretical shift is reflected in Part Two. A detailed analysis of the way in which word problems are currently taught in typical mathematical classrooms is followed by reviews of design experiments illustrating how, by immersing students in a fundamentally changed learning environment, they can acquire what the authors consider to be more appropriate conceptions about, and strategies for doing, word problems. Part Three turns to a wider discussion of theoretical issues, a further analysis of the features of the educational system considered responsible for outcomes detrimental to many students' understanding and conception of mathematics, and suggestions for rethinking the role of word problems within the curriculum.

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Genre: Education
Author: Eric de Corte
Publisher: CRC Press
Release: 2000-01-01
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9026516282

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