The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

By Hubert Krivine

How mankind chanced on the dimensions, trajectory and age of the Earth

Our planet’s elliptical orbit round the sunlight and its billions-of-years life are evidence we take without any consideration, issues each literate highschool pupil is anticipated to understand. yet humanity’s fight in the direction of those clinical truths lasted millennia. Few folks have greater than the faintest inspiration of the trail we've travelled.

Hubert Krivine tells the tale of the thinkers and scientists whose paintings allowed our species to place an age to the planet and pinpoint our position within the sunlight approach. it's a historical past of daring innovators, with a extensive solid of members – not in simple terms Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, yet Halley, Kelvin, Darwin and Rutherford, between many others. braveness, iniquity, non secular dogmatism, genius and blind good fortune all performed a part.

This was once an epic fight to unfastened the brain from the restrictions of cant, ideology and superstition. From this historical past, Krivine delineates a useful philosophy of technological know-how, one this day below probability from irrationalism and the fundamentalist pursuits of East and West, which threaten either what we've attained at nice price and what we nonetheless need to learn.

medical development isn't a adequate for social growth; however it is an important one. The Earth isn't really only a background of clinical studying, yet a stirring defence of Enlightenment values within the quest for human development.

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Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence

Are crops clever? Can they resolve difficulties, speak, and navigate their atmosphere? Or are they passive, incapable of autonomous motion or social habit? Philosophers and scientists have meditated those questions due to the fact that historical Greece, more often than not concluding that vegetation are unthinking and inert: they're too silent, too sedentary -- simply too diversified from us. but discoveries over the last fifty years have challenged those rules, laying off new gentle at the outstanding functions and complicated inside lives of plants.

In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a number one scientist and founding father of the sector of plant neurobiology, offers a brand new paradigm in our knowing of the vegetal international. Combining a old standpoint with the newest in plant technological know-how, Mancuso argues that, because of cultural prejudices and human vanity, we proceed to underestimate crops. in truth, they method info, sleep, take into accout, and sign to each other -- exhibiting that, faraway from passive machines, vegetation are clever and acutely aware. via a survey of plant services from sight and contact to communique, Mancuso demanding situations our idea of intelligence, providing a imaginative and prescient of vegetation that's extra refined than such a lot imagine.

crops have a lot to coach us, from community development to concepts in robotics and man-made fabrics -- yet provided that we comprehend extra approximately how they stay. half botany lesson, half manifesto, Brilliant Green is a fascinating and passionate exam of the interior workings of the plant kingdom.

monetary aid for the interpretation of this publication has been supplied via SEPS: Segretariato Europeo in keeping with Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.

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Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race

By Daniel J. Fairbanks

What does technology say approximately race? during this ebook a amazing examine geneticist offers ample proof exhibiting that conventional notions approximately specific racial changes have little clinical foundation. In brief, racism isn't just morally mistaken; it has no foundation in fact.

The writer lucidly describes intimately the standards that experience resulted in the present clinical consensus approximately race. either geneticists and anthropologists now typically agree that the human species originated in sub-Saharan Africa and darkly pigmented pores and skin was once the ancestral kingdom of humanity. additionally, world wide human range is so advanced that discrete races can't be genetically outlined. And for people, ancestry is extra scientifically significant than race.

Separate chapters are dedicated to arguable issues: pores and skin colour and the medical purposes for the variations; why ancestry is extra vital to person health and wellbeing than race; intelligence and human range; and evolutionary views at the patience of racism.

This is an enlightening booklet that is going a ways towards dispelling the irrational notions on the middle of racism.

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Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

By Michael S. Gazzaniga

One of the world's major neuroscientists explores how top to appreciate the human by way of interpreting the organic, mental, and hugely social nature of our species in the social context of our lives.

What occurred alongside the evolutionary path that made people so targeted? In his commonly available type, Michael Gazzaniga appears to be like to a huge diversity of reports to pinpoint the switch that made us pondering, sentient people, varied from our predecessors.

Neuroscience has been fixated at the lifetime of the mental self for the prior fifty years, targeting the mind platforms underlying language, reminiscence, emotion, and notion. What it has now not performed is think about the stark truth that almost all of the time we people are brooding about social procedures, evaluating ourselves to and estimating the intentions of others. In Human, Gazzaniga explores a couple of comparable concerns, together with what makes human brains detailed, the significance of language and paintings in defining the human , the character of human attention, or even man made intelligence.

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Zen-Brain Reflections (MIT Press)

By James H. Austin

This sequel to the generally learn Zen and the mind keeps James Austin's explorations into the foremost interrelationships among Zen Buddhism and mind learn. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a medical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving mental tactics and mind alterations linked to the trail of long-range meditative education. Austin attracts not just at the most recent neuroscience study and new neuroimaging reports but additionally on Zen literature and his own adventure with trade states of consciousness.

Zen-Brain Reflections takes up the place the sooner ebook left off. It addresses such questions as: how do placebos and acupuncture switch the mind? Can neuroimaging reviews localize the websites the place our notions of self come up? How can the most recent mind imaging tools display screen meditators extra successfully? How do lengthy years of meditative education plus short enlightened states produce pivotal variations within the body structure of the mind? in lots of chapters testable hypotheses recommend how you can correlate general mind services and meditative education with the phenomena of notable states of consciousness.

After in brief introducing the subject of Zen and describing contemporary learn into meditation, Austin experiences the newest experiences at the amygdala, frontotemporal interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic method. He then explores varied states of attention, either the early superficial absorptions and the later, significant "peak experiences." This dialogue starts with the states referred to as kensho and satori and incorporates a clean research in their a number of various expressions of "oneness." He issues past the nonetheless extra complex states towards that infrequent ongoing level of enlightenment that's happen as "sage wisdom."

Finally, almost about a not on time "moonlight" part of kensho, Austin envisions novel hyperlinks among migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism. The Zen point of view at the self and awareness is an historic one. Readers will observe how proper Zen is to the neurosciences, and the way every one box can light up the other.

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EMQs and MCQs for Medical Finals

By Jonathan Bath

EMQs and MCQs for scientific Finals is a different revision and examine device for ultimate exam education. perform questions hide a number of key issues in either medication and surgical procedure, with the combination of questions reflecting the overall weighting in actual assessments. finished resolution notes are supplied for every query, explaining why a selected solution is right and why others are usually not. valuable mnemonics and tips about remembering key proof support to consolidate studying.

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Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Physiology (1st Edition)

By Robin R. Preston, Thad E. Wilson

Lippincott’s Illustrated studies: Physiology brings body structure basically into concentration. fresh to the LIR arsenal, it tells the tale of who we're, how we are living, and, finally, how we die. by means of first picking out organ functionality and then showing how cells and tissues are designed to satisfy that functionality, LIR Physiology decodes this self-discipline like no different textual content or evaluation publication. each one point used to be adapted for ease of use and quickly content material absorption, all combining to convey this tale to lifestyles for readers. Visionary paintings, medical purposes, and Unit assessment Questions train and strengthen the main crucial techniques in physiology—perfect for lecture room studying and test/boards practise!

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Mars One: Humanity's Next Great Adventure: Inside the First Human Settlement on Mars

Human interest has led us to discover our sun process, touchdown at the moon and sending spacecraft to check far away planetary objects.

The subsequent step in our nice experience is placing people on Mars, yet what's going to it really take to accomplish this?

In 2011, Mars One introduced its intentions to set up an enduring human payment on Mars starting as early as 2024; in 2013 it introduced its astronaut-selection software and bought hundreds of thousands of purposes. The hugely expected Mars One documentary sequence will supply a window into the alluring information of the workforce choice and coaching method, permitting the full international to keep on with alongside as Mars’ first settlers arrange for his or her mission.

Now, with Mars One: Humanity’s subsequent nice Adventure, you could step even additional contained in the adventure of those astronaut pioneers and discover some of the human dimensions of Mars One’s deliberate expeditions. Edited by way of Norbert Kraft, MD, Mars One’s leader clinical Officer and head of workforce choice and coaching, in addition to team choice and coaching committee individuals James R. Kass, PhD, and Raye Kass, PhD, this selection of essays from scientists, psychologists, and extra presents a behind-the-scenes examine the method and standards used to settle on applicants, interesting information about what they’ll examine, and predictions approximately their destiny lives on Mars.

Inside, you’ll locate in-depth discussions of:

The crucial talents and coaching the Mars One astronauts might want to trip to after which live on on Mars, from technical and scientific information to the interpersonal talents precious for operating in constrained quarters up to now from home
The demanding situations of dealing with the choice and coaching method whereas being watched via thousands worldwide, and what Mars One hopes staring at the method will suggest for audience at home
Inside details, together with photos, at the deliberate Mars One habitats and colonization timeline
What settlers can count on on Mars, from day-by-day paintings actions in a antagonistic setting to conversation with Earth and ideas for relaxation time

The booklet additionally comprises excerpts from candidate questionnaires, permitting readers to go into the minds of potential Martians like by no means before.

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Harnessing Complexity

Harnessing Complexity might be crucial to an individual who desires to greater understand how humans and companies can adapt successfully within the details age. This publication is a step by step advisor to knowing the methods of edition, interplay, and choice which are at paintings in all organisations. The authors convey tips on how to use their very own paradigm of "bottom up" administration, the complicated Adaptive System-whether in technological know-how, public coverage, or inner most trade. this straightforward version of the way humans interact will swap endlessly how we expect approximately getting issues performed in a group."Harnessing Complexity distills the managerial essence of present learn on complexity.…A very helpful contribution to the rising concept of festival and aggressive advantage."-C.K. Prahalad, collage of Michigan, coauthor of Competing for the Future"A extraordinary exposition that demystifies either the idea and use of complicated Adaptive Systems."-John Seely Brown, Xerox company and Palo Alto examine Center

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