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The Brain

The Brain Author Ammar Al-Chalabi
ISBN-10 9781780740539
Release 2008-02-01
Pages 272
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It has been remarked that if the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t. Commencing with a brief history of neuroscience, from the ancient practice of drilling holes in the head to relieve headaches to the latest results from MRI and CT scans, this accessible guide sets out to explore exactly what we do know about the brain. Including the most up-to-date research on the cerebral processes behind a wide array of human activity – from our capacity for language to how we remember – this lively and entertaining introduction assumes no previous scientific knowledge and offers a tantalizing glimpse into man’s most complex organ. Ammar Al-Chalabi is Honourary Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. R. Shane Delamont is a Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, and Martin Turner is Wellcome Fellow in Neurology at The Institute of Psychiatry. All three have extensive experience of teaching the key principles of neuroscience, and between them their specialist fields of expertise cover all of the main areas of contemporary brain research.



Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Author Blay Whitby
ISBN-10 9781780741291
Release 2012-12-01
Pages 192
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Tomorrow begins right here as we embark on an enthralling and jargon-free journey into the world of computers and the inner recesses of the human mind. Readers encounter everything from the nanotechnology used to make insect-like robots, to computers that perform surgery, in addition to discovering the biggest controversies to dog the field of AI. Blay Whitby is a Lecturer on Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex UK. He is the author of two books and numerous papers.



Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Mind Author Edward Feser
ISBN-10 9781780740416
Release 2006-10-27
Pages 280
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In this lively and entertaining introduction to the philospohy of the mind, Edward Feser explores the questions central to the discipline.



Dyslexia

Dyslexia Author Nicola Brunswick
ISBN-10 9781780741505
Release 2012-12-01
Pages 232
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Winston Churchill, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso. All famous and successful in their chosen professions. All dyslexic. Around 5 to 15% of speakers of alphabetic languages (e.g. English, French and Spanish) are dyslexic. But what is dyslexia? Are there different types of dyslexia? Is there a cure? What resources are available to help dyslexic children and adults? Nicola Brunswick answers these, and other, questions informed by current thinking and cutting-edge research. Dr Nicola Brunswick is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK.



Reductionism

Reductionism Author Alastair Rae
ISBN-10 9781780742557
Release 2013-09-01
Pages 192
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Ever since the ancient Greeks conceived of the atom, humans have sought the smallest ingredients of our existence. In the past century, the use of reductionism to understand behavior has gained steam as the quantum universe and the workings of the human mind have been uncovered; still there are those who say that reductionists are oversimplifying our world. Here, acclaimed physicist Alastair Rae spells out how the powerful tool of reductionism works, from the level of subatomic particles, up through molecular chemistry, and beyond to our neural networks. How does physics explain consciousness? Can quantum mechanics be applied to the brain or mind? Rae’s exploration is an indispensable guide to one of the most fundamental ideas of science and the perfect companion for anyone considering how scientific findings reach into human life.



The Spiritual Psychic Development Workbook A Beginners Guide

The Spiritual   Psychic Development Workbook   A Beginners Guide Author Helen Leathers
ISBN-10 9780955857126
Release 2009-10-01
Pages 156
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Providing an introduction to the theory and practical basics of spiritual and psychic development, this book includes a number of relevant exercises.



Brain Surgery for Beginners

Brain Surgery for Beginners Author Steve Parker
ISBN-10 190671469X
Release 2009
Pages 61
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'Brain Surgery for Beginners' looks at the human body from the control centre - the brain - and examines all aspects of the body from the heart, lungs and liver to muscles and bones.



Descartes

Descartes Author Harry M. Bracken
ISBN-10 9781780741499
Release 2012-12-01
Pages 176
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The father of modern philosophy, Descartes is still one of the most widely discussed philosophers today. Putting rationalism above all else, he sought to base all knowledge of the world on a single idea: “I think, therefore I am”. This introduction expertly summarises his thoughts on the dualism of mind and body, his “proofs” for God’s existence, and his response to scepticism. Explaining how his life informed his philosophy, Bracken explains the philosopher’s enduring significance.



Philosophy

Philosophy Author Peter Cave
ISBN-10 9781780741161
Release 2012-09-06
Pages 240
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Philosophy, the “love of wisdom”, is the product of our endless fascination and curiosity about the world – the child of wonder. Through it, we seek to answer the most fundamental of questions: How do we know what we know? Does God exist? What is beauty? How should we live our lives? Who am I? In this exhilarating tour, Peter Cave navigates all the main topics in the subject with verve and clarity, from political philosophy to existentialism. Using witty and whimsical examples, including stoical sofas and Reg, the “regular” human, who just happens to carry his brain in a rucksack, Cave provides a welcome antidote to the dry textbook and underscores philosophy’s enduring relevance today. Interspersed with helpful textboxes and mini biographies of the key thinkers, there is no better introduction for the aspiring sage.



Evolution

Evolution Author Burton Guttman
ISBN-10 9781780740188
Release 2005-09-01
Pages 224
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Covering everything from fossilized dinosaurs to intelligent apes, this is an accessible guide to one of the most important scientific theories of all time. Burt Guttman assumes no prior scientific knowledge on the part of the reader, and explains each of the key ideas and concepts, including natural selection, genetics and the evolution of animal behavior, in a lively and informative way. Looking ahead to the future of evolutionary theory, and assessing its possible implications for the way we understand morality, human nature and our place in the world, this book provides the perfect starting point for understanding what evolution is and why it matters.



Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience Author Nicole M. Gage
ISBN-10 9780128038390
Release 2018-03-14
Pages 564
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Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience: A Beginner's Guide, Second Edition, is a comprehensive, yet accessible, beginner’s guide on cognitive neuroscience. This text takes a distinctive, commonsense approach to help newcomers easily learn the basics of how the brain functions when we learn, act, feel, speak and socialize. This updated edition includes contents and features that are both academically rigorous and engaging, including a step-by-step introduction to the visible brain, colorful brain illustrations, and new chapters on emerging topics in cognition research, including emotion, sleep and disorders of consciousness, and discussions of novel findings that highlight cognitive neuroscience’s practical applications. Written by two leading experts in the field and thoroughly updated, this book remains an indispensable introduction to the study of cognition. Presents an easy-to-read introduction to mind-brain science based on a simple functional diagram linked to specific brain functions Provides new, up-to-date, colorful brain images directly from research labs Contains "In the News" boxes that describe the newest research and augment foundational content Includes both a student and instructor website with basic terms and definitions, chapter guides, study questions, drawing exercises, downloadable lecture slides, test bank, flashcards, sample syllabi and links to multimedia resources



A Beginner s Guide to Reality

A Beginner s Guide to Reality Author Jim Baggott
ISBN-10 9780141042329
Release 2005-09-01
Pages 272
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A Beginner's Guide to Reality is an introduction to philosophy for people who don't read philosophy. Jim Baggott's sources range from Aristotle to The Matrix. He examines the major developments in Western philosophical thought on the nature of reality, at each of three levels - social, perceptual and physical. (Do money, colour, or photons exist?) The book systematically investigates these levels, peeling away the assumptions we make about those parts of reality that we take for granted.



Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology Author Robin Dunbar
ISBN-10 9781780740195
Release 2005-03-01
Pages 240
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Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide is a uniquely accessible yet comprehensive guide to the study of the effects of evolutionary theory on human behaviour. Written specifically for the general reader, and for entry-level students, it covers all the most important elements of this interdisciplinary subject, from the role of evolution in our selection of partner, to the influence of genetics on parenting. The book draws widely on examples, case studies and background facts to convey a substantial amount of information, and is authored by the UK’s leading experts in the field, from the only dedicated research and teaching institute.



Self Publishing Absolute Beginners Guide

Self Publishing Absolute Beginners Guide Author Imogene Nix
ISBN-10 9780994502322
Release 2016-05-21
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Information, advice, and tips to help you decide between Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing, and to then get you started on your road to publication. This detailed information gives contacts, lists, cheat sheets, and checklists that can be reproduced over and over again, helping set goals that will steer you towards professionally produced books. The book is aimed at all authors, fiction and non-fiction, and is available in a range of formats including digital and paperback. Co-Authored by two Australians, multi-published Imogene Nix and best-selling and award winning Suzi Love.



Anthropology

Anthropology Author Joy Hendry
ISBN-10 9781780741178
Release 2012-08-01
Pages 224
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In this illuminating tour of humanity, Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown reveal the origins of our species, and the fabric of human society, through the discipline of anthropology. Via fascinating case studies and discoveries, they unravel our understanding of human behaviours and beliefs, including how witchcraft has been used to justify misfortune, and debunk old-fashioned ideas about “race” based upon the latest genetic research. They even share what our bathroom tells us about our concept of the body – and ourselves. From our evolutionary ancestors, through our rites of passage, to our responses to globalization, Hendry and Underdown provide the essential first step to understanding the world as an anthropologist would – in all its diversity and commonality.



The History of Medicine

The History of Medicine Author Mark Jackson
ISBN-10 9781780745275
Release 2014-07-03
Pages 232
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In a world burdened by chronic conditions and mutating viruses, with a health service strained to its limits, the history of medicine challenges our understanding of what it means to be healthy. By illuminating the ailments and methods of the past, our own dilemmas about medical practice and policy can be put into a new perspective. Esteemed historian Mark Jackson takes us from the dawn of medicine in the ancient world to the most recent developments pioneered in the 21st century’s hospitals. On the way, Jackson explores Indian and Chinese traditions, as well as the origins of today’s so-called alternative therapies, offering piercing insight into how medicine has reflected and shaped society throughout the ages.



International Relations

International Relations Author Charles Jones
ISBN-10 9781780743042
Release 2014-03-06
Pages 204
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Today, more than ever, we are buffeted by forces that originate from beyond our shores. Whether it’s war, economics, politics, or law, we live in a global world influenced by a complex landscape of international transactions. Esteemed academic Charles Jones ably provides the building blocks to understand the history of these interactions, outlining all the key actors — from the United States and China to the IMF and Google — and the competing theories that attempt to explain them. Arguing that the strength of international relations lies in its contradictions — it’s not a single discipline but a fascinating mess of history, politics, economics, sociology, law, anthropology, and cultural studies — this guide provides a lively discussion of the limitations of the field, as well as an explanation of why it is so essential. Covering globalization, conflict, history, and theory, this is the perfect primer for students of international relations, workers in an international context, and citizens across the globe.